Greensky Bluegrass

Greensky Bluegrass

If you're familiar with bluegrass music, then you're tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They're also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

This quintet from Michigan has been staying up late at all the coolest festivals and stopping to play your favorite clubs and theaters across America for 11 years now. Nearly 175 shows per year has prepared them for the rigorous task of continuity. Greensky Bluegrass isn't slowing down. "They're coming to your town to help you party down." Yeah. Really. Like you never thought possible.

At the start of the millenium,some of these guys met, then they met more guys. They thought Greensky was a clever name for a bluegrass band. Fast forward to 2011 when they recorded their fourth studio record, called Handguns. Among them, words like, "proud," "killer," and "damn right!" have been spoken in regards to the music of Handguns.

While they all may be accurate, we hope you'll find far more than you expected, hell - even more than we expected contained in this piece work that may well come to define one of 21st Century America's hardest working musical ensembles.

In November, 2011 Fruition released a new EP, It Won't Be Long, the third album for the quintet based in Portland, Oregon. In seven original songs, Kellen Asebroek, Mimi Naja, and Jay Cobb Anderson conspire to blend raw, live energy with the strings of traditional folk-Americana. Supported by Keith Simon on upright bass, and Tyler Thompson on drums, Fruition succeeds with lyrical prowess, and harmonies as vibrant as they are heart-breaking.

Tracks like "Wastin' Away," and "Bent," showcase an effortless swing from whiskey-rock to shoe-stomp, from ballad to anthem and everywhere between. This versatility has defined the band since it began in 2008, and hundreds of shows later, Fruition now plays to an ever-growing fan-base in more than a dozen states, to electrified audiences and frenzied dance-floors.

With a focus on the West Coast, Fruition has played most major venues in Portland (The Crystal Ballroom, The Roseland, The Wonder Ballroom, and the Doug Fir,) the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, and the Oregon Brewer's Fest. The band headlined both late-night sets at Northwest String Summit in 2011.

Through the years they've had the privilege to play with the likes of Vince Herman and Andy Thorne (Left Over Salmon), Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band), Zach Gill and Dan Lebowitz (ALO & Jack Johnson), Daniel Stern, and Danny Barnes. They continue to share the stage with some good friends, like Hot Buttered Rum, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival, Watertower Bucket Boys, the Quick & Easy Boys, the Clumsy Lovers, and Dead Winter Carpenters, to name a few.

It Won't Be Long was recorded and mixed by Tyler Thompson at the Woodshed Studio in Enterprise, OR, and mastered by Prince Elwood of Portland Underground Recording. The recording space was donated by the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance. Fans last heard from Fruition in 2010 with their full-length, self-titled album and on the 2010 PDX POP NOW compilation. Hawthorne Hoedown, their first EP, debuted in 2008.

It Won't Be Long is available digitally through bandcamp (www.fruition.bandcamp.com); CDs are available for sale as of January 21, 2012.

$15.00

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* General Admission * Standing Room Only- If Seating Is Available, It Will Be On A Strictly First Come/First Serve Basis * Additional $5 Cash Surcharge At The Door For Under 21 * Attendees Under 16 Must Be Accompanied By A Ticketed, Adult Guardian *

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Greensky Bluegrass with Fruition

Thursday, October 3 · Doors 7:30 PM at Vinyl Music Hall