Randal Pink Presents!!
Under The Willow, The Grasstronauts
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
This event is 21 and over
Under The Willow
Helping to revive the love of folk and grass music in the hearts of a new generation. Under The Willow is a string band featuring the lead vocals of Erin Donovan and Hayley Skreens. An original four piece rooted in but not limited to traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Using socially conscious and thought provoking lyrics the band forges imaginatively original arrangements blending the sounds of Folk, Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jam Band, Rock, Reggae, Americana, with a twist of soul.
Born in the spring of 2008. Under The Willow was founded as a duo by vocalist and violinist Erin Donovan and her husband and utility player Pat Donovan. In the summer of 2012 utility players and vocalist Hayley Skreens and Joe Lenza joined the band through a shared love of traditional bluegrass music/instruments as well as progressive original acoustic music. With all members in the band it is common to see them switching between Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo. Adopting and applying many different types of playing styles. The string band is complete with all members collaborating during the writing process.
"The Grasstronauts may not sound like your granddad's bluegrass, but these guys know what they're doing with the banjo, guitar, bass, and mandolin." - Gary Schwind: Incognito Magazine
The Grasstronauts have never fit neatly into one specific genre. While bluegrass may be the basis, it's clear their sound is anything but traditional. Blending elements of bluegrass, rock, jazz and a number of other influences they bring a high energy sound of their own.
Armed with guitar, banjo, mandolin and bull fiddle, The Grasstronauts create a powerful sound that is constantly evolving. "We're always trying to work new things into our sets," says guitarist Lee Syrjanen. "There are songs that have evolved quite a bit since the first time we played them."
Based out of Chicago, The Grasstronauts have been fortunate enough to play various music festivals, clubs and bars. Their unique sound draws people in quickly and engages them until the very last note. With each member having different backgrounds, The Grasstronauts are able to bend genres and provide an experience unlike any other.
"We've always done things differently," says Syrjanen. "We've had good luck that people have enjoyed what we've done so far. There are certainly new and exciting things on the horizon.
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