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The Sieker Band: Dec. 17

The Sieker Band

Bluegrass and country musicians The Sieker Band will appear with special guest Jon Emery in the Georgetown Public Library’s “Live Music at the Library” series. They will perform bluegrass and holiday favorites on Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. in the library lobby.

Jon Emery has been called the “king of hillbilly rock and roll.” His Austin roots go back to the mid 1970’s when his Missouri Valley Boys Band settled there and became regulars at the Broken Spoke and other country music clubs. Since then, in addition to fronting his own bands, he has backed-up a wide variety of local and national acts.

Rolf & Beate Sieker started their professional music career in Berlin, Germany. They played many concerts in Germany, toured throughout Europe, appeared on television and radio, and recorded five albums, two in Nashville and three in Berlin. In 1997 they moved to Nashville and since 2000 they have lived near Austin, live music capital of the world.

Jon Emery

Rolf Sieker was one of the first 5-string banjo players in Europe. In 1975 he recorded the first bluegrass album in Germany. In Europe, Rolf played with Bill Monroe, Byron Berline, Dan Crary, Mark O’Connor, Dave Dudley, Bill Clifton and many more. He won the Texas State Banjo Championship in 2001. He recorded studio sessions with Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel, Kelly Willis, Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Dale Watson, Red Volkaert, Trace Atkins, Rod Moag, Julie Chadbourne, Lantana, Bruce Robison, The Carper Family, Malford Milligan and many others. Rolf now also plays with Bob Schneider’s Texas Bluegrass Massacre, which was named ‘Best Performing Bluegrass Band’ at the 2008 and 2009 Austin Music Awards.

Beate Sieker plays acoustic guitar and occasionally upright bass. Her vocals have become the trademark of The Sieker Band, generating a lot of fans. Influenced by Texas singer/songwriters, her repertoire consists of songs written by Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Steven Fromholtz, Willie Nelson, Steve Gillette, Karla Bonhoff, Ian Tyson, Townes Van Zandt, Bill Monroe and many others. Beate is one of the finest rhythm guitar players around.

For more information, read this interview with Rolf Sieker from the Central Texas Bluegrass Association Newsletter.

Free and open to the public, this performance is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. Come and go, or have a seat in the library lobby and enjoy the concert.

The Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street in Georgetown.