Amber Waves Band

Orchard, CO
Folk / Gospel / Bluegrass
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Greetings from the Amber Waves Band, featuring the Costello Family

After a wonderful Christmas and Winter Season down in the far south of Texas, we're parked up on the border of Texas and Oklahoma for the next week, before we head towards Colorado for a couple of weeks. Don't forget to check the schedule on our website to find out when we'll be in your area!

What Have We Been Up To?
We spent a wonderful Christmas season in Rockport, playing Christmas music for RV parks, assisted living centers, and churches. After a great time at the Rockport Gospel Festival we headed towards the Rio Grande Valley for the rest of the winter. During our time there we developed an all new show with an entertaining variety for the Winter Texans, including a trip through Classic TV themes and Duelin' Banjos "girl-style". It was a big hit and we had some great audiences.

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If you missed our 2012 video run-down, you can find it here.

What's Next?
  • After a few weeks in Colorado in April, (without the bus) we will return to Texas for a few more weeks in May, playing around the eastern Dallas area. If you would like to book us for an event during that time, let us know!
  • At the end of May we'll head up to Branson, MO for a short trip, playing at the Youth in Bluegrass at Silver Dollar City, as well as a nice RV park in the area for Memorial weekend.
  • Holton, Kansas is the next stop, where we'll visit with old friends and play some fine gospel music for a few shows.
  • After Kansas comes Ohio! We have some RV parks and a Gospel Festival already scheduled in late June through early July, and we're working like mad to fill up more!
  • By late July we head back to Pennsylvania and enjoy some RV park programs before heading through to northern New York in August. So far we have gospel programs for a church and even an ice cream parlor lined up there. Mmmm... ice cream. More ice cream parlors should offer music, don't you think?
  • How about fall? We'll be back for Labor Day in Pennsylvania, and on to Virginia where we'll make a slow fall trip down the eastern states on our way back to Florida by November, where we'll offer our Christmas music set in December!
 
In Other News
We have a few changes going on with the band. First is an overall direction in our music, with the intent of adding more variety, largely in various folk genres. This will include everything from American historical music, to Irish, Celtic, and others. Bluegrass is naturally a big part of American folk music history and will still maintain a big role in our sound, but the twins have a passion for other styles from history and cultures that they are eager to include.
 
Michael has now taken over most of the booking for the band so Cheryl can begin a new online business interest. She will still be in charge of most of the social networking, promotions, and contracts, but Michael is the main contact for scheduling.
 
Cheryl is working on a website/blog to promote family music, with a series of eBooks and/or self-published materials for parents of children of all ages. It is still a work in progress so check back in a few weeks to see the new additions.
 
Katie is working hard at her cartooning skills in hopes of launching a band-related cartoon series. We're so proud. We can't wait to get the bumper sticker that says, "I am the proud parents of a banjo playing cartoonist!"
 
Alex is still in charge of our promotional materials and is designing the logo for Cheryl's site, a "Potato" mascot, and is learning what she needs to redesign the web sites for all of the above.
 
We're thinking ahead to a new CD, perhaps this fall if God should provide. The music is already chosen, minus 3-4 originals, but there are still decisions to be made about location, financing, and more. This is something we've put on our prayer list and we'll wait to see what God has in mind.
 
Ways to Connect
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Happy Pickin'!
The Costello Family



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