Bluegrass on the Green

The Steeldrivers -

The SteelDrivers’ innovative, soulful brand of bluegrass has made them one of the most successful bands on the contemporary bluegrass scene. The band, which has earned three Grammy nominations and garnered tremendous critical acclaim, has announced their fourth album for Rounder. Steeldrivers had conjured a singularly compelling sound, drenched in soul, blues, bluegrass, R&B, country, and rock’n’roll. 

 

Billy Strings -

Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, the reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!”

Raised in Michigan and based in Nashville, Strings — real name William Apostol — learned music from his father, who had learned it from his father, and his father before him. Maybe that’s why at 24, Strings’ songs, his articulation, his entire approach, sounds so authentic and steeped in tradition. Consider him the next in line of an Americana thread, not some upstart or bandwagon jumper.

 

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper -

Michael Cleveland is one of bluegrass music’s great treasures. A 10-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, 4-time Instrumental Group of the Year winner and 2016 nominee, Cleveland captured the attention of the bluegrass community as a child prodigy who performed on the Grand Ole Opry with Alison Krauss when he was only 13 years old. But he became a viral video sensation this summer with a virtuosic impromptu performance of “Jerusalem Ridge” that racked up over 6 million views in just a few days. Now mainstream music fans are discovering what the bluegrass community has known for years—that Michael Cleveland is one of the most important fiddle players of his generation.

 

Front Country -

An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country cut their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing in the East Bay, they learned to play roots music their own way, with the tools they had on hand. A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar. A guitarist trained in rock and world music. A bassist equally versed in jazz and bluegrass. A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop. A female lead singer with grit and soul that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.

 

Head for the Hills -

Head for the Hills has a simple but continuing dilemma they can’t seem to resolve. Strip away the artful descriptors and you have a forward thinking group of {mostly} acoustic musicians drawing on eclectic influences, tastes and styles. They didn’t grow up immersed in bluegrass music but came to it later in life, with each other. The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music.

 

Special Consensus -

Special ConsensusA superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but withmore than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in town. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass… Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots and bare feet.

 

Henhouse Prowlers -

Eleven years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.

 

The Roland White Band - THe Roland White Band

Bluegrass mandolin master Roland White has played in some of the most influential and popular groups in the music's history, playing a notable part in creating that history,and has been honored by SPBGMA and IBMA. The Band has just recorded a new album entitled "Straight-Ahead Bluegrass," and continue to perform and teach around the world.

 

Becky Buller -

In 2016, Becky Buller made bluegrass music history by becoming the first person ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. That’s right, folks. EVER! Becky’s is an overnight success story almost 20 years in the making. Her songs, on the lips of the industry’s best, preceded this fiery-haired fiddling St. James, Minn., native to prominence in the acoustic music world. Now audiences are connecting the composer with her compositions…to the tune of five IBMA awards in the last two years, including the 2016 Fiddler and Female Vocalist and 2015 Songwriter Of The Year nods.

 

Hard Road Trio -

Life-long musicians Steve Smith (vocals, mandolin, mandola and guitar) and Chris Sanders (vocals and guitar) are joined by emerging artist Anne Luna (vocals and bass), capturing audiences across the country with the depth of their songwriting and the power of their distinctive voices. Their music grows from Steve’s love of bluegrass rooted in his native Virginia, the beauty of choral singing ever-present in Chris’ Minnesota childhood and the tradition of music in Anne’s New Mexico family. Together, their Southwestern blend of Roots and Bluegrass music provides a unique heartbeat and lilt underscored by Anne’s driving and elegant bass.

 

Eric Lambert -

Eric Lambert impresses audiences with his original elixir of feel-good Americana infused with bluegrass, blues, roots, rock, & soul. His authentic sound is an eclectic blend that knows no boundaries. A 2015 Chicago Music Awards winner, Eric is well-regarded for his enthusiasm, visible joy, earthy voice, and precision licks. Renowned as a flatpicking guitarist, Lambert fronted the Henhouse Prowlers band for several years. Currently, Lambert performs solo as well as teamed up with other stellar musicians—he’s a standout crowd-pleaser.

 

Growler -

GrowlerGrowler is a Chicago-based string band that plays wild, modern bluegrass that is equal parts progressive and party. Formed in the summer of 2015, Growler has truly hit the ground running. Performing their first show with the award-winning Trout Steak Revival to a sold-out crowd, the group has gone on to wow audiences at festivals and venues throughout the Midwest.

 

 

The Leadfoot Band -

The Chicago-based Leadfoot Band founded itself on bluegrass roots almost a decade ago and have branched out from there, pushing their hard-driving, high-octane brand of bluegrass, roots, and rock-influenced acoustic music farther than before. This robust musical delicacy tantalizes the senses and gets the feet moving. It is a smokin' blend of styles suitable for any palette, summed up perfectly by musician Jaik Willis: "Chicago's freshest post-bluegrass served up spicy- just how you like it- with tasty grooves and lightning-fast delivery." 

 

Nathan Blake Lynn -

Nathan Blake Lynn is an American musician, writer and folklorist from Paducah, KY. Along with being a founding member of the bands Bawn In The Mash and the Wheelhouse Rousters, he has recorded 4 solo albums. He is also a supporting musician in the Solid Rockit Boosters and legendary dobro player Jack Martin’s band Good Company. An honorable Kentucky Colonel and standing board member of the Kentucky Oral History Commission, Lynn’s songs highlight his love for American roots music.


Miles over Mountains -

Miles over MountainsAn acoustic Bluegrass / Roots / Americana band based in McHenry, IL. Their musical styles range from bluegrass, reggae, to punk, and beyond, all delivered in a "not-so-traditional" bluegrass voice. Their live shows are high energy, centered around their arsenal of original material and refreshing variety of cover songs interpreted in their own way.

 

Still Shine -

Still ShineFrom the foothills that bank the Illinois river in the heart of Illinois, Still Shine has deep roots in traditional blues, bluegrass, folk, jug band, and alt-country while challenging the boundaries of these genres with a bit of rag time, progressive bluegrass, new grass and outlaw country. Still Shine, formed in the summer of 2014, is a band of like minded top notch musicians who play original and obscure traditional down home tunes that move body and soul.

 

Tanglweed -

Founded in 2004, Tangleweed is and acoustic power trio playing original and traditional Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Celtic, and many other styles.Tangleweed’s repertoire, which encompasses traditional fiddle tunes, African-American blues, rags, and stomps, was born in the rich soil of the rural agrarian South. Relieved of the burden of authenticity, unencumbered by troublesome notions of historical accuracy or, indeed, of personal accountability, the men of Tangleweed are free to pursue their own startlingly original interpretive impulses.

 

Flatland Harmony Experiment -

Flatland Harmony ExperimentFlatland Harmony Experiment is a high octane three piece band that dances with a single large diaphragm microphone to share their music with audiences. The trio trades lead vocal and lead instrumental responsibilities through a large and diverse original musical pallet. The instrumental mix of mandolin, banjo and upright bass allows ample space for musical experimentation and expression. Stylistically you can expect Flatland Harmony Experiment's original music to flow from tunes that echo the founding roots of bluegrass to progressive gypsy and all places in between. 

 

Coyote Riot -

Coyote Riot has its roots set deep in old folk and country/bluegrass string sounds of the past and present. The twang of the rockabilly style guitar sits nicely with the pluck of the bass and the chuck of the tenor banjo, while the harmonica and fiddle harmonize like crickets in heat. A recipe guaranteed to have you hootin' and hollerin' with your foot-a-stompin'. 

 

The Grateful String Band -

The Grateful String Band puts an bluegrass spin on the music of the Grateful Dead! Anything related is fair game too. Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Old & In The Way, and of course, Bill Monroe!.

 

 

River Valley Rangers -

Chicagoland string band playing bluegrass, newgrass, and old-time music. We play bluegrass, drink whiskey and beer, and talk deep ecology. The River Valley Rangers (RVR) are a group of strapping young lads hailing from the Chicagoland region. We enjoy cornbread, long walks in the woods, craft brews, and and of course, bluegrass!

 

HomeStretch Ride -

HomeStretch RideHomestretch Ride’s musical roots and influences are diverse, eclectic, and solid. From Joe Binder (mandolin) and Bill Brier (upright bass) and their classical and jazz roots and training, to Phil Loranger's long time connection to Scruggs style banjo and Phil Collins' love of The Beatles and The Allman Brothers and bluegrass flatpicking, the members of Homestretch Ride bring it home and cross the finish line with a winning combination of great American acoustic music. They promise to put a smile on your face and in your heart, and get your toes a tappin'!

 

Fox Crossing String Band -

The ladies of Fox Crossing Stringband bring all those high harmonies plus driving rhythm of dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass.  Six instruments across four vocalists will leave you chasing these foxes for their new bluegrass sound.