Bringing it to you from the backroads~Originals, Roots JazzBlues, Hot Swing, Vint Country

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Knocking around the area music scene for too many years to count, kat & the travelers members, Kathleen, Doug and Kelley, first crossed paths by chance at a tiny Piedmont crossroads in 2011. On that dark and stormy night, their destined connection was sealed and they've been sharing their musical ride with wide audiences as a trio, duo and also as a full band at Virginia's cafes, wineries, breweries, live radio shows, clubs, listening rooms, galleries, theaters, house concerts, festivals, and private and community events ever since.
 
With diverse musical backgrounds of R & B, soul, country, big band, jazz, swing, blues and hillbilly boogie stowed in their pockets, kat & the travelers fuel their own "backroads take" on the timeless compositions of American Jazz, Blues, Swing and Country with contagious energy and affection...and fill you up in between with their homecooked originals.
 
Backed by the solid jazz bass of Kelley Chapman, guitarist Doug Hedstrom's high gear & free wheeling playing style continues to win praise and provides a noted compliment to the band's front seat singer, Kathleen Kraft, whose vocals whisper and shine on ephemeral ballads...ring out sweet and clear on jazz notes...and still get gritty with those old school blues.

The band has been featured live on 90.7FM WMRA's Blues Valley Radio Show, 88.7FM WXJM's Radio Show, STAR94.3FM, Shenandoah Valley Local Music Hour and has made repeat appearances at several area festivals and annual events.
 
Recently, area listeners may have caught the band's inclusion in this year's CVBS IBC Blues Challenge Showcase, benefit holiday CD Charlottesville's Christmas Songbook featured on WNRN, as well as a finalist in Rapunzel's 12th Annual Songwriters Showcase

Past performances include:
Live on 90.7FM WMRA's Blues Valley Radio Show, Live on 88.7FM WXJM's Radio Show, Ashland Coffee & Tea, STAR94.3FM, Shenandoah Valley Local Music Hour, Clementine Cafe, Fridays on the Square Summer Music Festival, Annual Summer Blues & Brews Festival, Cork & Blues Festival, The Judy Chops Cabaret, 2 Pond Farm Music Festival, First Night Harrisonburg, Jazz Night at The Mockingbird, The Hot Spot, Glass House Winery, Beyond Restaurant & Lounge, Concerts With A View House Concerts, Victory Hall Theater, Bon Cafe, Dr. Ho's, Three Penny Cafe, James River Brewing Company, Mountfair Vineyards, Blue Moon Diner, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Fairfield Center's Harvest Gala, Valley Aids Network Benefit, Wine On Water Wine Bar, Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Rock N' Ridgeview, Jimmy Anderson's, Bluestone Vineyards, Burton Galleries House Concerts, Valley 4th Independence Day Celebration, Rapunzel's Jazz Society, Central Virginia Blues Society, The Hamner Theater, Rapunzel's, Darjeeling Cafe, Plank Road Exchange, George Bowers Grocery, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Little Grill Collective, The Gateway Theatre, The Clocktower's Downtown 27 Stage, Batesville Store, Shenandoah Pizza, Harrisonburg's First Fridays, OCP's Second Saturday Nights Out, Pennybackers, CrossKeys Vineyards, Schultz Theatre, Downtown Music 34, Turner Pavilion's Music at the Market, Oasis Gallery, Earth & Tea Cafe, The Local Bar at the Local Chop & Grill House, Francesco's, L'italia Lounge, Little Gems Music Festival, North River Grill, Private Events and others.

Artists we admire: It's a never ending list...
Influences: Find em' everywhere in every little thing...
Mode of travel: Passing through life on a wish and a song.....
Band interests: Making music together whenever and where ever we can... 
Mission: Life is beautiful and so is it's music...We are enjoying the ride. 

Check out a bit of kat & the travelers duo with Kat and Doug here:
 
Aug7

kat & the travelers at Fridays on the Square Summer Music Festival

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Fridays on the Square Summer Music Festival, 1 Court Square, Harrisonburg VA

Fridays On The Square Summer Music Festival! Celebrating its 25th Season! We are very pleased to be invited back once again for this beloved Summer Tradition in Downtown Harrisonburg! Free & open to the public. Court Square, Historic Downtown Harrisonburg VA. Rain location-Farmers Market/Turner Pavilion at 227 South Liberty St. Downtown Harrisonburg VA www.facebook.com/FridaysOnTheSquare www.fridaysonthesquare.com

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Aug8

kat & the travelers at Yelping Dog Wine Bar~7th Annual Summer Blues & Brews Festival Post Fest Events

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Yelping Dog Wine Bar, 9 E Beverley St, Staunton VA

We'll be having a great post-fest hang with the trio at the Yelping Dog Wine Bar! This year, The Annual Summer Blues & Brews Festival is moving to Sunspots Pavilion in Downtown Staunton! You may have heard us play at the Fest in past years. This time around, we're pleased to be invited to be a part of post-fest festivities at Yelping Dog, the hip Downtown Staunton Wine Bar. There'll be other Downtown venues hosting post-fest music as well so don't go home early! Make the rounds afterwards and come find us at Yelping Dog! No cover. A short walk from Sunspots Pavilion. Historic Downtown Staunton 540.885.2275 www.yelpingdogwine.com www.facebook.com/SummerBluesBrewsFestival www.shenandoahconcerts.com

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Aug14

kat & the travelers at Old Trail Fridays After Six

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Old Trail Village, 1005 Heathercroft Circle, Crozet VA

Hey! We get to go back again and play the Fridays After Six Musical Series this summer! We'll be onboard with a full band. Held every Friday at the Old Trail Village Center across from Da Luca’s Café and Wine Bar, this Old Trail community outdoor event is not publicly advertised but is very popular. Feel free to bring snacks, drinks, lawn chairs, cornhole boards, frisbees, and invite all of your friends to join in! 434.823.8100 www.oldtrailvillagecenter.com

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Sep5

kat & the travelers at Cave Ridge Vineyard and Winery

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Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery, 1476 Conicville Rd, Mt. Jackson VA

It's the last blast of Summer~celebrate with us on this Labor Day Holiday weekend! kat & the travelers return to Cave Ridge as a trio featuring Kat, Doug & Kelley. Join us on the patio for Cave Ridge's Summer Saturdays Music Afternoon! Gourmet fare, first rate wine and our roots jazz-blues, swing, and originals. No reservations required. No cover. 540.477.2585 www.caveridge.com

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Sep19

kat & the travelers at Music at the Saturday Market

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Harrisonburg Farmers Market at Turner Pavilion, 228 South Liberty, Harrisonburg VA

Our music will be featured at the Saturday Market at Harrisonburg Farmers Market once again! The late Summer harvest at The Market is abundant! Come out & enjoy the festive colorful Market scene! Veggies, Fruits, Flowers, Plants, Art, Craft, Baked Goodies, Fresh Coffee and much more! Free show. www.harrisonburgfarmersmarket.com

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Sep26

kat & the travelers at Oyster Festival at DuCard Vineyards

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DuCard Vineyards, 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan, VA

We're looking forward to heading to the annual Fall Oyster Festival at DuCard! Premium steamed and raw oysters plus delicious crabcakes from the Rappahannock River Oyster Company will pair great with DuCard's Viognier and Gibson Hollow White wines. All that as we play from 1-5pm under great mountain views...we're in heaven! Stay tuned for ticket info~tickets include a DuCard wine glass. No charge for kids, designated drivers, or Wine Club members. 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison County) VA 540.923.4206 www.ducardvineyards.com

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