Kitchen Dwellers

Kitchen Dwellers formed three years ago below the Bridger Mountains with the sizzle of afternoon breakfast and the warmth of Irish coffee brewing in the kitchen. What began as a trio, Shawn Swain, Joe Funk, and Kyle Shelstad began writing music and playing traditionals searching for originality and occasionally, other life forms. Torrin Daniels was quickly added on Banjo and the band began playing shows around Bozeman, Montana. The boys began getting into cluster plucks and playing shows with the well established, local bluegrass exrtaordinaires Flatt Cheddar. In the spring of 2012, they added the multi-instrumentalist, Tyler Schultz on fiddle just in time to hit the road for Colorado. The Kitchen Dwellers have opened for high profile artists like Greensky Bluegrass, Pete Kartsounes, WhiteWater Ramble, Head for the Hills, and the Deadly Gentlemen. In the winter of 2013 they won the Zoo Music Awards, a Montana Music Competition based on performance, originality, and popularity. They continue to master their sound, create original work, and foster their live performances.

The boys in this band (not to be confused with boy bands) hail from all over this great country we call the United States. With Joe Funk from Alaska, Shawn Swain from Colorado, Torrin Daniels from Montana, Tyler Schultz from Illinois, and Kyle Shelstad from Wisconsin, they come together to form the most democratic, free form sonic bliss. The standard bluegrass lineup of banjo, mando, fiddle, guitar, and bass, this band's sound is anything but standard. Combining elements of the intergalactic space travel, bluegrass, blues, psychedelic rock and roll, and picking that resembles the sound of laser beams being fired at your head, you'll leave ever wanting more. Download and SHARE our music!

LazyLightning420 ft. Erik Berry (TBT), Marc Gartman (Two Many Banjos), and Ryan Young (TBT)

LazyLightning420 performs 2/27/90 with special guest Ryan Young

LazyLightning420 features Erik Berry (Trampled by Turtles) and Marc Gartman (Two Many Banjos) performing complete, specific Grateful Dead concerts.

Armchair Boogie

Armchair Boogie takes progressive bluegrass to new heights by genre-bending in the funkiest of fashions. The Madison, Wisconsin based lads show much promise in high-energy live performances and quality studio work. With their debut album released spring 2018, Armchair Boogie continues to entertain audiences across the midwest and beyond.

Augie Dougherty (banjo) and Ben Majeska (acoustic guitar) met in the fall of 2014, trading bluegrass licks on the front porch of their college home in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Both were a part of different projects, but shared a rich love for bluegrass. After only a handful of duo shows, they decided a rhythm section would give them the backbone needed for a bigger live sound.

In summer 2015, Eli Frieders (electric bass) and Dan Waterman (drums) brought the extra kick Armchair Boogie needed to stand out in an already impressive Wisconsin bluegrass scene. The sound refined itself by exploring realms of funk, country, and rock. After two years of progression and touring, Waterman moved to a production role in the band as they welcomed present drummer, Denzel Connor.

Nowadays Armchair Boogie continues touring and climbing their way up notable festival lineups. Having shared the stage with the likes of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Dead Horses, Kitchen Dwellers, and more.

The future sees more national tours, a second album in 2019, an expanding social media presence, and plenty of fun to go around.

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