Late Night Bluegrass Showcase
I.B.M.A. Bluegrass Ramble Showcase featuring: Henhouse Prowlers
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Finnders & Youngberg, Front Country
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
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The Bluegrass Ramble
IBMA's “World of Bluegrass Week” includes the four-day IBMA Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, and the three-day Bluegrass Fan Fest. Our annual industry summit/ bluegrass family reunion draws more than 16,000 attendees, providing opportunities for showcasing, professional development and networking at the largest concentrated week of powerful, live bluegrass music on the planet.
After eight years of hard work and a relentless tour schedule, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have gained a reputation for their highly original, tradition-inspired bluegrass built on a strong foundation of intricate harmonies and electrifying stage energy.
The Henhouse Prowlers use traditional bluegrass as a base, and make it their own by providing a show that’s danceable throughout with uptempo drive and bouncing mid-tempo grooves, all while covering contemporary topics in a largely original repertoire. Their reverence for the forefathers of bluegrass is palpable as they push the music forward on their own path.
The Prowlers wear the Bill Monroe mantle with spit and polish. They perform — and conduct media interviews — in suit-and-tie and work in a tightly choreographed, one-mic stage setting, which adds a dynamic dimension to their shows. Combining passion, confidence, and flair with instrumental and vocal prowess, the Prowlers deliver bluegrass with an edge.
With a PBS series soundtrack already to its credit and a critically acclaimed recording produced by Grammy winner, Sally Van Meter, and a new recording in production with Grammy Nominee Greg Cahill, Henhouse Prowlers have been barnstorming on to the red hot bluegrass scene. Not just another bluegrass band, Henhouse Prowlers are adeptly positioning themselves for nothing less than success.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Former Alaskan, Frank Solivan, is a monster mandolinist making big waves nationally these days. His original music has climbed to the tops of radio charts
coast to coast and his band is featured at major music festivals across the country. His band, Dirty Kitchen is stocked with hot musicians that really cook. Anchored by powerhouse Dan Booth on the doghouse bass, infused with Mike Munford’s exquisite tone and jaw-dropping technique and peppered with fiery
guitar solos from phenom Chris Luquette, you hear power, you hear volume,you hear crispness, clarity, timing and taste, all combined with passion and drive. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen has quickly gained a reputation as a
dynamic group exhibiting the perfect blend of serious skill, heartfelt passion and
an enthusiastic live show.
Finnders & Youngberg
Each member of Finnders and Youngberg brings a variety of influences and talent to the table. Guitarist Mike Finders (pronounced finn-ders) is a two-time winner of the Merlefest Songwriting Contest, providing the band with richly original songs and lead vocals. Aaron Youngberg on pedal steel and banjo gives the band lift and contributes lead/harmony vocals with his wife, bassist Erin Youngberg. Both Youngbergs were formerly with Hit & Run Bluegrass, winners of the the Telluride and Rockygrass Band contests. Rich Zimmerman cranks on the mandolin, coming from hot Colorado bluegrass band Slipstream, while Rockygrass fiddle champion and much in-demand session player Ryan Drickey sets the strings ablaze. As band-mates and individuals they have toured the United States and been hired as producers, engineers, and session musicians on many of the West's most note-worthy Americana Music projects. When they decided to bring their songs, voices and stories together in a brand new Colorado front-range melting pot, a truly rootsy musical soup was seasoned and thickened.
They've created a buzz amongst the mountain fests- "They stole the show. Incredible."-David Smith, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, as well as garnered the adoration of critics and DJ's, with their first CD cracking the top five most spun CD's on Colorado Radio in 2008. "Award-winning songwriting that makes you laugh, contemplate, sigh, drink, or dance." says Nina Dropcho, host of KDNK's Smokin' Grass.
2011 is an exciting year for the band. They released their new CD in May, called FY5, from which a few pre-released tracks garnered an invitation to an official showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN in February. The rest of the year they're playing numerous events and festivals throughout the West, looking toward national tours in 2012.
Together the band weaves their way through a maze of influences, never losing sight of the roots that inspire them. It's this merging of old and new that keeps their music from being simply a gimmicky restoration of a vintage era, and their original vision has enough distinction that you'll seek this sound out again and again.
Front Country is a Bay Area based bluegrass band grown out of the local social jam scene. Featuring improvisation-driven original instrumental music and inspired songs, Front Country is developing a unique sound that draws liberally from Newgrass and Old-time influences. Members include Jordan Klein (Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys), Leif Karlstrom (The Heel Draggers, Midnight Gamblers), Melody Walker (Walker/Groupman duo), Jacob Groupman (The Real Nasty, Albino!, Walker/Groupman duo), Adam Roszkiewicz (Whisky Richards, Midnight Gamblers), and Zach Sharpe. Dont miss seeing this real music in real time.