After what seems like a long winter for everyone, April Beall, owner of April's Country Kitch'n in Newcomerstown, said she "Just wanted to get people out of the house, have a good time and help boost the economy."
Beall has recently contracted Salt Creek Inc. to perform at the restaurant on a monthly basis now and through July. Salt Creek Inc. is comprised of five members, Bill Miller, Dane Swartzentruber, Will Gingerich, Mark Hardesty and Bruce Byler, all coming from Coshocton and Holmes counties. The group has been performing together for about three years.
Miller is an original member of the band since about 1973, which was then known as Undercover Bluegrass, according to Miller's wife, Nora.
Miller said the group not only plays bluegrass but also performs many gospel numbers. Some of the songs performed frequently by the group are "Good Hearted Woman," "North to Cincinnati," "Rascal Mule," "Thunder Road," and "Walk Awhile (in His Shoes)." They have several CDs available which are made by Miller. Another member, Hardesty also makes CDs and does repairs to the instruments.
Salt Creek Inc. has a busy schedule for this year so far. They will be performing at a Relay For Life benefit this year, as well as performing at Ridgewood High School for a scholarship event and at Bluegrass in the Hills in June. They also perform at Carpenter's Café and Keim Lumber located in Charm on the third Monday of every month.
They will return to April's Country Kitch'n in Newcomerstown for their next performance April 2 at 5 p.m. The cover charge is $2 with a meal or $5 without a meal. The other scheduled dates are: May 7, June 4 and July 2.
According to Beall, there were about 160 in attendance last Friday night. She said people are already talking about the next performance and planning to bring friends.
"People really enjoyed this," she said. "There are going to be a lot more at the next one."
April's Country Kitch'n will also celebrate 15 years in business on April 1.