David Grisman Bluegrass Experience closes out State Bridge season
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What: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience; Jeff Austin Band and Caribou Mountain Collective will also perform.
When: Saturday, Sept. 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.
Where: State Bridge Riverside Amphitheater, Bond.
Cost: Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Camping is $10 per car, plus $10 per person.
More information: Visit www.statebridge.com, or call 970-653-4444.
State Bridge Riverside Amphitheater is closing out its summer season with a bluegrass twang Saturday, Sept. 12, with a show by the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and the Jeff Austin Band.
“It’s a pair of bands that nearly span the history and depth of bluegrass, among the most popular of genres at State Bridge, ideally suited to our beautiful, organic setting — a perfect way to bid fare thee well to summer at State Bridge,” said State Bridge owner Doug Moog.
“The headliners will be followed Saturday night by one of our favorites from the Bluegrass & Bloodys series, Caribou Mountain Collective. Then the regular Bluegrass & Bloodys continues at 11 Sunday morning, with Old Town Pickers and our special spicy bloodies to wake you up and send you on your way.”
For nearly half a century, mandolinist, composer, bandleader and producer Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range is wide and deep, embracing many styles, genres and traditions.
An acoustic pioneer and innovator, Grisman forged a unique personal artistic path, skillfully combining elements of the great American musical art forms of jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom: “Dawg” music, a nickname given to him by Jerry Garcia. In doing so, he’s inspired new generations of acoustic string musicians, while creating his own niche in contemporary music.
Grisman has revisited his roots with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. This very traditional group includes Keith Little on five-string banjo, guitar and vocals; Jim Nunally on guitar and vocals; Chad Manning on fiddle; Samson Grisman on bass and David Grisman on mandolin and vocals.
Austin, a founding member of Yonder Mountain String Band, brings his latest project, The Jeff Austin Band, to the stage. Austin was raised in a very musical home and grew up singing alongside his mother. He started listening to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “and then The Beatles, that turned into Bob Dylan and then the Grateful Dead and Phish,” he said.
As much as he loves to sing, Austin’s passion for songwriting is just as fervent.
“I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a 500-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘OK, after the bridge it’s going to open up and just go wide,’” he said.
Nederland-based Caribou Mountain Collective will perform late night. They are known for their original music, which channels the traditions of both Appalachia and Colorado bluegrass.
Caramie Schnell is a freelance writer who was contracted by State Bridge to write this story.
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