Bluegrass Generals ft. Chris Pandolfi & Andy Hall (Infamous Stringdusters), William Apostol, Mimi Naja (Fruition), Mike Devol (Greensky Bluegrass) w/ Turkeyfoot (SATURDAY)

Sold Out: Bluegrass Generals ft. Chris Pandolfi & Andy Hall (Infamous Stringdusters), William Apostol, Mimi Naja (Fruition), Mike Devol (Greensky Bluegrass) w/ Turkeyfoot (SATURDAY)

Sat, April 27, 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
Turkeyfoot
Turkeyfoot
For a musical style born out of rural Kentucky, and initially popularized by a single band, bluegrass has a surprising knack for bringing people from all walks of life together. For Jordan Brandenburg (Mandolin), Michael Rudolph (Bass), Bridger Dunnagan (Fiddle), Dave Pailet (Guitar), and Alex Koukov (Banjo), bluegrass has been a way to connect with others, to make friends and to cultivate joy, so it’s no surprise that community is at the center of their band ethos. The five friends, who comprise Denver’s next big bluegrass band, Turkeyfoot, share momentous instrumental talent, an enthusiasm for collaboration, and some serious songwriting chops. Turkeyfoot’s debut EP was released on June 1st, 2018 and features four original songs as well as a cover of Norman Blake’s “The Railroad Days”. While the band’s original songs feature themes of love and loss in contemporary settings, musically, the members share a love for traditional, straightforward bluegrass and it shows in the no-nonsense, driving arrangements. After taking second place at the 2018 Rockygrass Band Contest,Turkeyfoot is looking forward to a busier tour schedule and recording a full length album. “We’re going to continue being dedicated to the craft, having fun, and continue to ratchet up the gigs so that we can share the music with as many people as possible”, says Rudolph, who plays bass and is one of two founding members. What is their end goal? “I want people to feel happy and inspired by our music”, says Brandenburg, “ and on some songs, I want them to cry.”
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/