Bluegrass Generals ft. Chris Pandolfi & Andy Hall (Infamous Stringdusters), William Apostol, Mimi Naja (Fruition), Mike Devol (Greensky Bluegrass) w/ The Billy Failing Band ft. Billy Failing, Silas Herman, Eric Thorin & Special Guests (FRIDAY)

Sold Out: Bluegrass Generals ft. Chris Pandolfi & Andy Hall (Infamous Stringdusters), William Apostol, Mimi Naja (Fruition), Mike Devol (Greensky Bluegrass) w/ The Billy Failing Band ft. Billy Failing, Silas Herman, Eric Thorin & Special Guests (FRIDAY)

Fri, April 26, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

SOLD OUT

This event is 16 and over

Bluegrass Generals
Bluegrass Generals
Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall are the Bluegrass Generals. We, along with our many musical allies, serve and protect the bluegrass people of planet earth. Past guest generals include Sam Bush, Billy Nershi, Keith Mosley, Paul Hoffman, Larry Keel and more...
Chris Pandolfi
Chris Pandolfi
My name is Chris Pandolfi, aka TRAD+. I’m a full time musician, producer and all-around creative based in Denver, Colorado.

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.
Andy Hall
Andy Hall
Andy Hall plays dobro with The Infamous Stringdusters
Mimi Naja
Mimi Naja
Mandolin player for Fruition
The Billy Failing Band
The Billy Failing Band
Billy Failing is a banjo player, guitarist singer and songwriter based in Boulder, CO. A recent arrival to Colorado’s Front Range, Billy spent the last three years in Nashville, becoming deeply immersed in the bluegrass and acoustic music scene. He has also toured extensively with bluegrass guitar phenom Billy Strings, and currently holds a position as a full-time member in his band.



In addition to his work on the road as a sideman, Billy has written, recorded and toured under his own name. In 2017, he successfully self-released his debut solo album, “Calling My Trouble by Name.” The album features several of Nashville’s finest acoustic musicians, providing a commanding backdrop for Failing’s distinctive voice and songwriting. While his style is firmly rooted in American roots music and bluegrass, his music draws inspiration from all corners of the musical spectrum, from John Hartford, Tim O’Brien and Béla Fleck to George Harrison, Pink Floyd and Radiohead, blending the tradition, intimacy and purity of acoustic music with the innovation and pioneering spirit of modern music.
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/