Wintergrass 2012 Performers-The Kruger Brothers

Europe  is not your usual starting place for a bluegrass band for sure but the 2012 Wintergrass performers The Kruger Brothers (Jens & Uwe) grew up playing Americana and Photo by Eric Frommer

bluegrass music at a young age. They performed in the US for the first time in 1997 and went on to become regular performers at Merlefest. The trio features Jens on banjo, Uwe on guitar and Brooklyn,NY’s Joel Landsberg on bass. The Kruger Brothers were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Music from the Spring a sym­phonic suite composed and orchestrated by Jens Kruger, which premiered in 2007. In late 2010, the Kruger Brothers premiered the Appalachian Concerto, a concerto for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet.

Initially staying fairly close to a traditional roots-music repertoire, the Kruger Brothers’ journey as songwriters began in earnest with the release of Up 18 North in 2002. Though the album wasn’t entirely comprised of original work, instrumentals like “Sarah” and “Up 18 North” firmly established the Kruger sound on CD. It also presented “Carolina in the Fall” which is such a great example of their vocal writing. As continued in more recent releases, including Between the Notes and Forever and a Day, their song writing is distinguished by rich detail, honesty, and a unique insight into the beauty and complexity of everyday life. The quality of their writing, and their remarkable facility with their instruments, have made the Kruger Brothers a fixture within the world of acoustic music.

 

Wintergrass 2012 Performers Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen headline the 2011 Seattle Folk Festival Dec 10!!

December 9, 10, and 11

www.seattlefolkfestival.com 

Columbia City Theater and Town Hall Seattle

The Seattle Folk Festival returns December 9, 10 and 11, 2011 at Columbia City Theater, Town Hall Seattle and other venues! Last year, the Seattle Folk Festival was held over one day, but now the festival has expanded to three days, multiple venues, and a host of roots and indie roots artists from across the Northwest and the United States.

Featuring artists for our Appalachian Winter theme: Riley Baugus & Kirk Sutphin from North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, handmade mountain art/music by Anna & Elizabeth from rural Virginia, barn-burning bluegrass from Washington DC’s Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Northwest folk legends Laura Love & Orville Johnson, backwoods BC folk from Pharis & Jason Romero, plus a square dance, a family dance, a Balkan dance, and lots of jamming!

Inspired by the cold, misty winters of the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Folk Festival provides a warm, comforting indoor space to enjoy some of today’s best folk and roots musicians.

Individual Tickets available for each show, dance or workshops!

Weekend Passes available for only $40!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10

Appalachian Winter Concert

featuring Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Riley Baugus & Kirk Sutphin, Anna & Elizabeth, and The Canote Brothers!!

Columbia City Theater, Mainstage                                                                                                                                                                                        4916 Rainier Ave S

Doors at 7pm, Tickets $20 adv/$25 door

Limited seating, so come early!

Uncle Bonsai Benefit for Wintergrass!!

Uncle Bonsai will be performing on Friday November 18,2012 to benefit Wintergrass’ music education programs. Uncle Bonsai http://www.unclebonsai.com , one of the most entertaining bands in the Northwest. Every Fall the band donates part of the proceeds from one of their shows to a worthy music education program. For the second year in a row, that donation will be made to the Wintergrass Youth Education programs.

8 pm Friday November 18 – 30th Anniversary Uncle Bonsai Concert @ The Meydenbauer Center 11100 – 6th Avenue South Bellevue, WA

Tickets available at Brown Paper Bag Tickets,  https:www.brownpapertickets.com/event/198636  1-800-838-3006

Special Wintergrass code:  UBWGPLEASE

It’s not bluegrass, but acoustic folk-pop. They were one of the  favorite Northwest bands In the 80’s (they had a “cult following” because of their funny original songs, great harmonies, and cerebral wit!!!) and performed with artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Suzanne Vega, and Tracey Chapman, before they disbanded in 1989.  In 2008 the band came back together again with two of the original members plus the addition of Patrice O’Neill, co-director of Wintergrass.

 “Uncle Bonsai are not normal. (They have) humor that starts at irreverent and moves out from there. They have the technical ability one expects of the Pointer Sisters or Manhattan Transfer…The crowd gave them a wildly enthusiastic reception and they encored with a breakneck “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” that left the Andrew Sisters’ original in the dust.” – Elijah Wald, The Boston Globe

“…hilarious and very entertaining, through perfectly meshed voices and acoustic guitar. Every piece is a gem; each has the same kind of quirky sardonic edge that Loudon Wainright III and the Roches work has.” – Greg Quill, Toronto Star