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Word of Mouth to play at Bryce

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From left, Peter Deutschman, Scott Kisner and Leonard Cohen make up the band Word of Mouth. They will perform their first concert this Saturday at BryceFest in Basye. — Courtesy Peter Deutschman

By Josette Keelor - jkeelor@nvdaily.com

Kicking off BryceFest in Basye this weekend, Word of Mouth will make its debut performance at noon.

"We expect a decent turnout," Deutschman said recently.

With Leonard Cohen on bass, Scott Kisner on guitar and vocals, and Peter Deutschman on drums, Word of Mouth plays rock, blues and country. Deutschman compares the band's style to that of Jimi Hendrix and Cream.

"I think a lot of our magic is that we get along so well," Deutschman said.

Growing up in upstate New York, Deutschman studied music in college and spent almost two decades touring the country, playing gigs from New Orleans to California, even playing circus music in Trinidad. For many years he toured the U.S. with an eight-piece circus band. Now he gives lessons in piano and drums, works security for music festivals and is the owner and manager of Shenandoah Valley Satellite in Edinburg.

Cohen, who also plays rhythm guitar, draws on a lifelong love of music, a passion that encouraged him to attend Woodstock in 1969. In his spare time he races Corvettes and works as an advocate for mentally disabled individuals.

Kisner, who grew up in Winchester, has played with the band Unfinished Business and The Cottonwood Critters and writes his own music. He and Cohen now live in southern Shenandoah County near Bryce, and Deutschman lives in Edinburg.

Deutschman credited Kisner with starting the band, citing his "uncanny" knowledge of 60s and 70s music. The band plays all cover music for now and hopes to add a four player in the future.

Excited for the chance to play at BryceFest, Deutschman said he hopes the band will begin to make a name for itself around the northern valley.

"We're gonna get somewhere," he said. "It's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. ... We'll see what happens.

BryceFest will take place at 1982 Fairway Drive in Basye from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The all-day family festival will have free admission and parking and free entertainment including arts and crafts booths and children's activities like fire truck rides, pony rides, mountain tubing, a zipline adventure and a magic show. Live bands will perform country, rock and bluegrass. Food will include barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, kettle corn and funnel cakes. Fireworks will take place at duck from the ski slopes.

On the Front Lawn Stage, Wes Iseli, Magician Extraordinaire will perform twice, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Chordwood will perform from 1 to 4 p.m. and DryMill Road from 4:15 to 7 p.m.
At the Ski Slope Deck Stage, The Robbie Limon Band will perform from 7 to 10 p.m.

For more information, call 856-2121 or 800-821-1444 visit www.bryceresort.com. Contact Word of Mouth at trout@shentel.net.

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