$10 in advance and $12-20 sliding scale at the door
Front Country and The Blackberry Bushes Stringband (Alt-Folk, Bluegrass & Old-Time Music)
3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA, 94705
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 11:59 PM)
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
The Blackberry Bushes Stringband
The Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Alt-folk String Band. The Bushes’ innovative acoustic sound draws from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a rich patchwork that shares threads with artists like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Sean Hayes, and Crooked Still. Joyful singing and songwriting are supported by carefully constructed soundscapes that feature virtuosic fiddle. A longtime Northwest favorite, the band has developed into a national act, with recent tours across the US and Europe. Their live show is joyous and vibrant with an intention to move the audience in their hearts and out of their seats.
“Their blend of traditional Bluegrass and Folk elements with more contemporary sounds has an appeal not seen since Nickel Creek or The Be Good Tanyas.” (Joseph Kyle The Big Takeover)
The Blackberry Bushes Stringband has that rare magic that allows them to artfully fuse sounds from many genres into a bluegrass instrumentation that retains distinct threads of sonic color. This is a daredevil sound that is delicate,bold, and like their thorny namesake, rooted and growing, growing, growing.
After their RockyGrass band competition win in 2012, and with a win at Telluride this year, Front Country is in the midst of a busy year with festivals RockyGrass, Pagosa Folk n’ Bluegrass, and the CBA Father’s Day Fest, and ready for an even bigger summer of 2014. Front Country released their first EP “This is Front Country” in February at the Great American Music Hall in their hometown of San Francisco, California, and has a residency every first monday of the month all year at Amnesia in the Mission.
Formed in 2011 as a collective of the Bay Area’s finest young acoustic talent, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker and Zach Sharpe joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco’s Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers and original songwriting. They have continued to expand their repertoire and push the boundaries of bluegrass on the local and national scene. This year, Front Country vocalist and writer Melody Walker won the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz was nominated for a Grammy with the Modern Mandolin Quartet for their album "Americana".
On July 29, 2012, Front Country won the RockyGrass band competition, and on June 22, 2013 they became the third band ever to win at both RockyGrass and Telluride. Enjoying their first summer of major festival bookings, Front Country is looking forward to recording an album in 2014 and playing the Telluride main stage next summer.
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