Joyride Brewing Presents
The Bluegrass Generals ft. Andy Hall & Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Greg Garrison (Leftover Salmon) and Jon Stickley w/ Grant Farm, The Last Revel, Liver Down The River & Lineage Music Project - SATURDAY
Sat, January 7, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmCervantes' and The Other Side - DUAL VENUE
$25 Day Of Show
Tickets at the Door
This event is 16 and over
TAP TAKEOVER - JOYRIDE BREWING COMPANY
Both Bluegrass Generals shows at Cervantes' will feature a Tap Takeover by local brewery, Joyride. Only beer brewed by Joyride will be featured on tap for these two special shows taking place at Cervantes' on January 6th and 7th.https://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/event/1381367/
Music was all around me growing up. My grandparents, Frank and Carmela Pandolfi, started the Connecticut Opera Association in 1942. I never met my grandfather, but my grandmother got us playing piano at a really young age. I loved every sound I heard. Ultimately inspired by my older brother Jono’s musical tastes and exploits, I got my first banjo in the summer of 1997. The next ten or so years flew by. During that time I got my undergrad degree at Dartmouth College and then went on to be the first ever banjo principal at the Berklee College of Music before moving to Nashville, TN in 2004. Along the way I was lucky to work with many amazing people, but ultimately I started a band with great musicians who are also my great friends–The Infamous Stringdusters. We have been touring for about 9 years, have a bunch of albums, a Grammy nomination and our own festival. We strive to make good original music, explore the world and enjoy life.
I have a few banjo-centric solo albums that I wrote and produced (Looking Glass and the Handoff), that feature some of my favorite acoustic players. I do session work in Denver and work as a producer for other artists/bands, helping them craft their music, a job I absolutely love to do. While my solo side of things focused on the banjo for a long time, lately I have been on a newer, broader musical journey: TRAD+. It’s a landscape of sounds–electronic, acoustic, vinyl sampling, live drums, deep textures, live jams and more. , Founding Fathers.
Music has always been my passion, but I also love to write and create short motion pictures. I started working on video around 2007, filming the ‘Dusters hijinx, documentary style. Since then I have enjoyed finding more and more creative ways to use the camera/editing software, from stop-motion to performance to ski vids. My writing focuses mostly on our adventures and our musical scene, a subject that’s always interested me along my journey from the Northeast to Nashville, Virginia and now Colorado. Bluegrass is its own world, filled with incredible musicianship and a short but vibrant history of crazy characters, trends and changes. A few of my pieces about the current state of the bluegrass world reached a big audience. In the wake of that attention the International Bluegrass Music Association asked me to deliver a keynote address at the 2011 World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN (their annual business conference), giving some real recognition to a new vision of a bigger, more connected acoustic world. We are excited to be a part of whatever comes next for bluegrass.
I moved to Denver, CO in 2013, a place that has always been an unofficial home for the Stringdusters. It’s full of great people, great music and great living, and I’m excited to call it home.
From 2005 until 2008, Garrison toured with mandolin virtuoso and composer Chris Thile, and along with Thile, was a founding member of the critically acclaimed chamber-bluegrass ensemble (and Nonesuch recording artist) Punch Brothers. Garrison is featured prominently as a performer and writer on Punch, the band's 2008 debut release, as well as Thile's solo record How to Grow a Woman from the Ground. During Garrison's tenure with Thile and Punch Brothers, he performed at Carnegie Hall, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, at the Grand Old Opry, and garnered two Grammy nominations.
Denver based trumpeter/composer Ron Miles features Garrison as part of his groups, and his bass playing can be heard on the "Blossom" side of Miles's 2006 Sterling Circle release Stone/Blossom.
Juno award winning banjoist Jayme Stone (www.jaymestone.com) featured Garrison on his recent critically acclaimed and Juno nominated album "Room of Wonders" along with guitarist Grant Gordy and fiddle whiz Casey Driessen.
Greg has also been a member of Colorado bluegrass/rock band Leftover Salmon since 2000, recording three albums with the band and performing at venues and festivals across the U.S. like Red Rocks, Telluride Bluegrass, High Sierra, and Bonnaroo.
Garrison continues to maintain an active performing and recording schedule with several regional and national artists in addition to his teaching duties at Metropolitan State College and the University of Colorado at Denver. He received his MM in Double Bass Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and his BM from the University of Illinois. He also holds a DMA in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado, where he explored the common roots of all forms of American improvised music.
The New York Times' Nate Chinen writes "… there's hardy cohesion among the players — no less on the Gypsy standard 'Valse de Wasso' than on 'Darth Radar' a turbocharged original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and friends turn to bluegrass, as on 'The High Road,' by Tim O'Brien, they sound both respectful and free." Premier Guitar Magazine also took note of "Darth Radar," with Jason Shadrick calling it, "a rapid-fire take that moves from a serious ska beat to burning surf-style runs that would make Dick Dale proud."
Built on the fundamentals of love, family, and music, the band is a sure bet for fans of high-energy, authentic artists as diverse as Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Phish. Comprised of zany, creative and highly musical comrades, Grant Farm members include Grant (aka “The Champ”), Adrian “Ace” Engfer (bass and vocals), Sean “Magic” Macaulay (drums) and Kevin “Money” McHugh (keyboards and vocals).
Daniel Mescher of Colorado Public Radio dubbed Grant Farm “some of the ablest musicians not only in the state of Colorado, but in the nation.” Members’ prior experience includes playing with groups like The Emmitt-Nershi Band, Donovan Frankenreiter and Hot Soup. Collectively, they had also shared stages with notable artists Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Tony Rice, Keller Williams, Jon Oates and the like and with notable groups The String Cheese Incident, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band and The Infamous Stringdusters.
The band’s latest release, Kiss the Ground (Summer 2016), represents its first full-length concept album and its third album of original music. Speaking to the struggles we all face as working people, Kiss the Ground sends a positive message while acknowledging real hardship in a society that expects far too much. “We think of this as our ode to the working people,” says Grant, whose song, “Get in Line,” discusses the high price we pay for things we want in life. Kiss the Ground explores real and mythological connections to the human struggle and pays homage to the "Working Class Hero," an archetype famously described by John Lennon.
Previous Grant Farm albums include a 2012 self-titled debut and a 2014 follow up, Plowin' Time, which reached #2 on JamBand Radio Charts and charted on Americana Radio. In 2014, the band also released the Meeting on the Mountain EP, an inspired collaboration with the group Fruition.
The band has also created the acclaimed Meeting on the Mountain LIVE, a collaborative, live webcast concert experience featuring Grant Farm as the house band and Tyler Grant as host. To date, episodes have featured Dave Bruzza of Greensky Bluegrass, Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident, Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth, The Dead Winter Carpenters and other guests.
Like a “traveling Gypsy family,” Grant Farm enjoys their life of touring, writing and adventuring together as they share their music up and down the North American roots music line.
With their second, self titled, album released in May of 2015, The Last Revel further demonstrates their ability to create rich and delicately textured recorded material with a modern “tip of the hat” to the storied history of American folk music.
Soon after, Emily Aguirre-Winter got word of these picking sessions and joined them with her fiddle and lead vocals. Aguirre-Winter brings her melodic vocal beauty to Liver Down The River’s music, and her classically trained musical background initiates refreshing and angelic textures to each creative composition. Aguirre-Winter adds a melodic flavor to the group with her songwriting craftsmanship, and ability to pinpoint harmonies and echoing call and response heard on songs like ‘Shot O’ Booze’ and ‘Murder Ballad’.
Over the next few months the trio enlisted the talent of drummer John Carter Colia, and bassist/vocalist Derek Abt. These additions allowed for more ambitious musical excursions, and a breakaway from traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Colia, the man that keeps the train from rolling off the tracks each night, is the driving force of the band. His approach to percussion allows for the band to dive into many different styles, wile maintaining a rhythmic flow. This driving force is complimented by Abt’s funky bass rhythms paving the pathway for the band to bend the rules of traditional bluegrass, and pioneer a sound of their own, which they call NewGrass. In 2014 the multi instrument virtuoso Tyler Rice was added to band on lead vocals, banjo, and keyboards. Having moved to Durango from Cumming, GA Rice quickly took on a key role as a remarkable songwriter for the band with enticing stories of the road and traveling experiences. With this addition, Liver Down The River was complete.
Experimenting with extended improvisational jamming and exploring a diverse range of musical genres, Liver Down The River brings new life to classic fiddle tunes and traditional bluegrass standards. Striving to write music that conveys the atmosphere and feeling of the Colorado way of life, Granzow’s lyrics connect with real life emotions and are easily relatable to anyone who listens. Granzow states, “Whether it be our high energy bluegrass tunes, extended jamming, or funk tunes—we are creating music that will last, and connect with the emotions of our audiences.” Fueled by the energy of their whiskey drinking and dancing audiences Liver Down The River creates a show full of magic and spontaneous surprises. Their high-energy performances and close interaction with their fans lead to the attraction of their dedicated fan base, known as the Liverfolk.
Liver Down The River will be releasing Liver Down The River EP on June 30th 2015, and will be celebrating the EP release with performances throughout the summer of 2015. Liver Down The River EP will be available for digital download on all major listening platforms, and will be available for purchase at all of their upcoming shows. Be sure to pick up a copy and catch Liver Down The River at a city near you! For a full listing of upcoming Liver Down The River shows please visit: http://liverdowntheriver.com/
LMP consists of:
Mike Fritz- banjo
Doug Crowl- guitar, vocals
Lydia Azure- fiddle, vocals
Evan Neal- bass, vocals
Chad Fisher- mandolin, vocals
Richard Boot- drums
Cervantes' and The Other Side - DUAL VENUE
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80203