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Chu Dat Frawg performing Wednesday

Zoe Greszler • Jun 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Norwalk’s free summer concert series will kick off this week after rain cancelled the first scheduled performance. 

Rick DeWitt’s solo concert was supposed to take place last Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial Lake Park venue.

Instead, local band Chu Dat Frawg will officially start the series at 6 p.m. this Wednesday.  

The acoustic string-band quartet consists of Rob Nelson on banjo, Eric Cogar on mandolin, Mark Graibus on guitar and Randy Reams on upright bass.

Chu Dat Frawg specializes in genres with more of a American country-vibe, including Americana, bluegrass, blues, country, and “country blues filtered through contemporary experience.”

However, unlike others in the genre, Chu Dat Frawg is not your ordinary string band. The group strives to “enthusiastically incorporate elements of more contemporary styles and genres, creating a truly a unique blend of sounds unique unto themselves,” according to the group biography.

Formed in the heart of the Ohio Firelands, the band has been performing since 2012.

Their collection of original songs are accompanied by interesting renditions of contemporary surprises and time-honored standards. The group released its first studio album “Whispers from the Ether” in 2014 and are currently in the studio working on their sophomore effort “Coddiwomple” slated for release in the fall of 2017.

As a new feature at the Norwalk concert series this year, Wescott's Arctic Shaved Ice will bring its mobile cart to offer frozen treats to concertgoers. Classic concert features return, includes raffles and snacks. Listeners are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy some free summertime fun.

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