The Cedar Presents
PERT NEAR SANDSTONE'S WINTER STRING BAND GATHERING with Old Salt Union
Saturday Feb 23, 2019 Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
Single ticket: $17 Advance / $20 Day of show. Two-Show Pass: $30
This is a standing show with an open floor. Tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
Two-Show Pass admits you to both Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23, 2019 Pert Near Sandstone's Winter String Band Gathering concerts at The Cedar at a discount!
It was roughly a decade ago that Pert Near Sandstone first gathered around a microphone in a Minneapolis basement to record their debut album, Up And Down The River. They cemented their status as linchpins of the Midwestern scene with a series of albums, In late 2016, they released The Discovery Of Honey which featured and was co-produced by original founding member Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles. A variety of festival appearances such as the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival, as well as sharing bills on the road with the likes of Trampled By Turtles, Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush and more. Their crowing achievement was founding the Blue Ox Music Festival which has featured performances by Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Margo Price and more. The magical energy of Blue Ox has been captured on their most recent release, Live at Blue Ox 2018, which features 20 tracks from their performances across the 3-day event.
A great band is more than the proverbial sum of its parts, and in the pursuit of becoming something that can cut through the clutter of YouTube stars and contest show runner-ups, a great roots music band must become a way of life. Less likely to rely on production or image, they’ve got to connect with their audience only through the craftsmanship of their songs, the energy they channel on the stage and the story that brings them together.
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.
In 2015 they won the FreshGrass Band contest and found the perfect collaborator in Compass Records co-founder and GRAMMY winning banjoist and composer, Alison Brown, whose attention to detail and high standards pushed the group to develop their influences from beyond a vocabulary to pull from during improvisation and into the foundation of something truly compelling in the roots music landscape.
Violinist John Brighton mentions some names familiar to the Compass roster as key influences, musicians like Darol Anger, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall and Mark O’Connor, all of whom have collaborated with Brown in the past. Primary vocalist and bassist, Jesse Farrar (for the indie rock heads - yes, he’s related – Son Volt front man Jay Farrar is Jesse’s uncle) brings an alternative rock spirit as well as his unique formative experiences as a hip hop producer and bass player for a national tour of The Four Freshmen. The band’s self-titled Compass debut combines these instrumental proclivities with pop melodies and harmonies into a coherent piece of work that carves out a road-less-travelled for the band in the now crowded roots music genre.