OLD SALT UNION
Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It is this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch.
Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor string band born high in the mountains but based in Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots with vocal harmonies that are high, lonesome, and tight. Their picking ranges from lightning-fast to mountain mellow. A bluegrass band that would satisfy a picky old-timer and delight fans of newgrass, a delicate balance indeed
Grassfed is a quick picking power group that brings a high energy sound all of their own. Combining bluegrass with an eclectic array of influences– the band brings a fresh approach to an old sound. Based out of Kansas City, Grassfed tours extensively throughout the United States, and has performed internationally in Scotland, and France— delivering high octane performances across the map. The up and coming band is quickly establishing themselves as contenders in the roots circuit, performing at a wide range of festivals, events, and venues. Combining genuine lyrics, and intricate instrumental conversation— Grassfed is a must see live experience."
Music straight out of the heartland in Lawrence, Kansas. Steeped in history and inspiration from the natural world, Signal Ridge writes and performs original songs about prairie fires, coal mining and dancing coyotes. Jesse Carr brings an old-time feel with his mandolin, fiddle and banjo quips. Brandon Allai flat picks the guitar. His voice, smooth and cathartic. His lyrics, straight from soul. Rachel Allai, rounds out the corners with gentle harmonies and singing on the fiddle. Peter Oviatt plays intricate, yet sweet melodic runs on the banjo. They all have a love for music and an awe for the natural environment. Multi-talented, these folks garden, rehab wild animals, river guide, but most of all celebrate, with their music.
Wichita's newest fiddle explosion, Appalachian Sky has spent the last year blowing the roof off The Artichoke, The Hopping Gnome Brewery, and other venues around the city. The band features the fiddling of native Appalachian musician Shawn Craver, the deft groove of Joshua Luper's Collings dreadnought guitar, the cutting-edge beats of former metal-head turned bones player and dancer Jeremy Blaes, and the precision three-finger banjo playing of Cassi Dahlinger.
The band specializes in traditional pre-bluegrass Appalachian music, including centuries-old fiddle tunes, authentic ballads, and flat-foot dancing. Their debut at Lovegrass Festival will feature a sing-a-long and a special audience-interactive dance set where Jeremy demonstrates Appalachian flatfoot dancing and teaches the steps needed to get the audience dancing along with the band!
A trio of longtime friends and musical collaborators, Kansas City's Old Sound crafts traditional and original folk music. Led by Grady Keller's imaginative storytelling, Old Sound travels through song with solid three-part harmonies and evocative acoustic compositions. The trio is strengthened by the exploratory bluegrass flat-picking style of Chad Brothers and the playful doghouse groove of Greg Herrenbruck on upright bass. With musical roots in their hometown Winfield, Kansas, Brothers and Herrenbruck cut their teeth in the picking circles and campground stages of the Walnut Valley Festival. Paired with Keller's colorful melodies and lyricism, Old Sound’s approach makes for easy front porch listening.