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  • Gretchen Emery and Dirty Boots to perform at Cooldog near Kenton

  • Gretchen Emery and Dirty Boots will perform at Cooldog House Concerts near Kenton on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Opening act is singer and guitarist Adam Murray.


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  • Gretchen Emery and Dirty Boots will perform at Cooldog House Concerts near Kenton on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Opening act is singer and guitarist Adam Murray.
    Over the course of the last decade, Gretchen Emery has been a fixture on the Delaware/Philly music scene, according to the Cooldog Concerts website. Born and raised in Dover to a family with diverse and superb musical talents, she had early classical training in piano, flute, and voice. 
    In her early 20's Gretchen was transformed by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin, and later by Susan Tedeschi.  Before forming Dirty Boots, Gretchen performed in local bands English Garden, The Condors, and Red House at local Tri-State area clubs such as WarmDaddy's and The Stone Balloon. 
    In recent years, Gretchen Emery and her band, Dirty Boots, have performed at the Wilmington Riverfront Blues Festival, Delaware's 32nd Annual June Jam, the Fort Hunter Music and Wine Festival, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, and various benefit concerts including events for the Diamond State Blues Society, Delaware Boots on the Ground, and Practice Without Pressure.
    This fiery redhead sings both soft and sultry ballads and powerful, get-up-and-dance blues with a passion for music that runs deep in her soul.
    Her band, Dirty Boots, creates a musical collage of blues, rock, and soul while blending Memphis power blues with passion and vitality.
    Suggested donation is $15 per person, or $10 for ages 10-18 or active military personnel.
    Reservations are required by going to the website, www.cooldogconcerts.com
    The Cooldog Concerts address will be furnished with RSVP.

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