2018 Lineup...

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star lineup includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other fine talents. 


Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look, sound and New Album in 2018. With recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) and Josh Hoag (Bass) Asleep at the Wheel’s newest members have given a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the Wheel veterans David Sanger (Drums) Eddie Rivers (Steel Guitar) and Jay Reynolds (Saxophone and Clarinet) round out the now 8 piece band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND

Progressive bluegrass pioneers return to Alaska after 7 long years. Bending acoustic bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, Yonder Mountain has redefined the genre and created a sound of their own.


Melding sophisticated songcraft, irrepressible spirit, and remarkable instrumental ability, Yonder Mountain String Band has become one of the most popular live bands of their generation. 


Yonder Mountain’s organic, dynamic, and intensely personal brand of contemporary bluegrass-fueled Americana also see the quintet touching upon FM pop, country rock, funk and world music. 


In the beginning, their creativity was rooted in rebelliousness. Now, there’s a greater conscious awareness and attention to detail but their natural instincts remain progressive. 

Nearly two decades in, Yonder Mountain String Band is still utterly unto themselves, a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime combo whose inventiveness, versatility, and sheer imagination shows no sign of winding down.

KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE

The Rolling Stones' Saxophonist & Legendary Funk Rock Icon 

is back on tour with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Karl Denson is fresh off The Rolling Stones, No Filter Tour of Europe where he performed across the continent in his ongoing role as tenor saxophonist with the legendary rock band. He wastes no time, however, getting back on the road with his own band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, for a string of tour dates around the U.S., including shows paying tribute to the Allman Brothers Band are being dubbed, ‘Karl Denson's Tiny Universe presents Eat A Bunch of Peaches.’


Highly regarded as “one of the best live bands on the planet”, KDTU will be showcasing material from their long-awaited forthcoming studio album, as well as previous acclaimed KDTU recordings like 'New Ammo' and 'The Bridge.' The current KDTU touring lineup is comprised of Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, former drummer Zak Najor and current bassist Chris Stillwell of The Greyboy Allstars, Crush Effects’ keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter Chris Littlefield and ace slide and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman.

 
 

KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH BAND

In between String Cheese Incident Tours and releasing a new album Kyle Hollingsworth will be performing with his band at the Great Alaska Music Festival.
 

Thirty years ago, Kyle Hollingsworth set out on a career in music. With a wealth of desire and an abundance of ability, Hollingsworth has established himself as a formidable and versatile music talent deftly able to contribute, collaborate, compose, and communicate on a number of levels and within a vast spectrum of musical environments. Today, as a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. 

 

Playing in String Cheese Incident has allowed him unrestricted access to the world of music, and has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres. Those who’ve seen SCI know that they can jerk from funk to bluegrass on a chord change. 


FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN

Award winning Alaskan returns to his 'old home', this time as a 2015 Grammy Nominee and 2014 & 2016 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Instrumental Group of the Year. 

With chops so hot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time, with a third nomination in 2017. Their critically acclaimed album Cold Spell earned a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, yet the accolades don’t end there. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a progressive bluegrass stew of infinite instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills soon to be featured once again on a new album coming 2018.

Since leaving the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist - they’ve been named Washington Area Music Association’s Best Bluegrass Band of the Year for four consecutive years, and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Their respect and deep understanding of the tradition collides, live on stage, with jazz virtuosity creating an unforgettable, compelling performance.  

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