A night of progressive bluegrass
A quintet who cheerfully disregard every kind of one-dimensional label that might be attached to their music, Fireside Collective has been on a roll since emerging seven years ago from the fertile roots music scene of Asheville, North Carolina. In quick order, the progressive bluegrass group released its debut album, won the 2016 Band Contest at MerleFest, earned an International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Band of the Year nomination and embarked on an ambitious touring schedule that’s earned an enthusiastic reception from traditional bluegrass to wide-ranging, eclectic music festival audiences alike.
Starting in 2015 from a front porch in the college town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Armchair Boogie can be defined by their pickin’ skills and infectious grooves. Augie Dougherty (banjo, vocals) and Ben Majeska (guitar, vocals) began playing under the name prior to the addition of Eli Frieders (bass) and solidification of Denzel Connor (drums) as the driving rhythm section behind a bluegrass, up-tempo, jammin-funkgrass outfit. In the spring of 2018 Armchair Boogie moved to Madison, WI and released their first album. During this time they began touring around Wisconsin, the Midwest, and across America. Their journeys on the road have led them to stages such as Blue Ox, Northwest String Summit, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Summer Camp, and Live on King Street. They’ve had the honor to share the stage with The Infamous Stringdusters, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, The Dead South, Kitchen Dwellers, Pert Near Sandstone, Trout Steak Revival, and have jammed with many more. With the help of a loving and dedicated following, the group was able to successfully crowdfund their album, “What Does Time Care?”, which was released with a sold out show at the High Noon Saloon in Madison on October 11, 2019. The band has supported acts such as The Infamous Stringdusters and Kitchen Dwellers and appearing at Leftover Salmon’s Boogie At The Broadmoor. Armchair Boogie will return to Blue Ox, Northwest String Summit, and Boats and Bluegrass in 2020.
The only thing as good as the show? The drink you have after
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