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Review: Billy Strings at the SGHR

Billy Strings brought his barn-burning bluegrass show through the SGHR on Tuesday night. Billy (William Apostol) with bandmates Billy Failing (banjo), Jarrod Walker (Mandolin) and Royal Masat (bass) have perfected a special kind of bluegrass that is at times more traditional than the typical modern “jamgrass” bands on the scene while still reaching peak moments of psychedelic improvisation that make even veteran bluegrass bands blush.

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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Lights Up Loveland for RSD

Seattle’s non-profit radio station KEXP put on a livestream of the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio on their YouTube channel during the 2017 Upstream Music Fest. The video of the performance since has over 300,000 views, including views from Terry and Bob Cole of Colemine Records label and Plaid Room Records located in Loveland.

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Keller Williams Bringing Eclectic Solo Show to Octave

Keller Williams is known for a lot of things. He has his funk/soul group More Than A Little. He has recorded multiple bluegrass albums with husband/wife duo Jenny and Larry Keel as Keller and the Keels. He’s best known for his one-man show that he’s bringing to the Octave on April 24.

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Billy Strings Bringing High-Energy Bluegrass to SGHR on April 24

I got the chance to meet Billy Strings (William Apostol) and talk to him about his psychedelic-tinged bluegrass band’s upcoming April 24 show at the SGHR while backstage at the Columbus BrewGrass Festival in early March. Billy Strings had just finished a tour opening for bluegrass heavy hitters Greensky Bluegrass, and I was curious whether the band had a different mindset when opening vs. the headlining tour that is coming through the SGHR.

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The Wood Brothers Ready for Sold Out Taft Ballroom Show

The Wood Brothers–Oliver and Chris Wood with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix–are bringing their tour to a sold out Taft Ballroom on April 17 with the incredibly impressive Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers as the opening act. The trio has an enormous sound that is going to blow the roof off the intimate Taft ballroom.

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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Warms Up Madison Live

It was a celebration of the first full day of spring and the 3rd anniversary of the opening of Madison Live!, and they definitely knew who to call for such an occasion. Wisconsin-based Horseshoes & Hand Grenades brought their roving bluegrass jubilee to the small shotgun-style venue next to the Madison Theater.

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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades at Madison Live

As sure the moisture will freeze inside your noise on a Wisconsin January morning, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades have found a way to package that existence in song and deliver it as pure Americana goodness.

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Graham Nash to Bring Career-Spanning Songs and Stories to Memorial Hall

I recently got the chance to chat with rock and hall of famer and grammy-award winning artist Graham Nash and discuss his upcoming show at Memorial Hall on March 13, and it was clear that he’s as passionate about music now as he’s ever been. When I spoke to Graham, he was one night into his current tour and was nothing less than excited.

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Columbus BrewGrass is a Big Success in its First Year

The inaugural Columbus BrewGrass festival was held in at The Bluestone in Columbus this past weekend. As detailed in our preview for the festival, the lineup was wonderful and absolutely lived up to the billing. More importantly for a first-year fest, the common logistical complaints were avoided, and the event went off without a hitch.

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Ben Sollee Bringing Kentucky Native to Woodward Theater

My first job after college basically paid me in beans, but they did send all 150-ish recent college graduates working across the country out to Aspen for a week-long vacation. So there I was in December 2009 with a 3-day lift ticket but 7 days to hang around the beautiful mountain town. On one of those days, December 16th, bluegrass/folk-rock group Trampled by Turtles was slated to play The Belly Up with Ben Sollee as the opening support.

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Columbus BrewGrass Festival This Weekend

Spring is in the air (and also in many of our basements), which means it is finally time for the spring Columbus BrewGrass Festival (Mar 2 and 3 at The Bluestone). As detailed in our preview of the Columbus BrewGrass Festival, the lineup for the inaugural festival is solid from the bottom up. Greensky Bluegrass is on tap to headline both nights, which is worth the very reasonable price of admission by itself.

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Big Gigantic's Got The Love Tour Heading to Bogart's

Live-tronica duo Big Gigantic, comprised of saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken, are bringing their high energy show to Bogart’s on 2/21. Big Gigantic, who have played primetime sets at festivals from Bonnaroo to Coachella, has a sound that is WAY too big to be contained by Bogart’s which will have the place busting at the seams all night.