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Saturday, Sept 25th at 3pm
Bluegrass Intentions Reunite! A special one-time only East Bay performance featuring Eric and Suzy Thompson, Bill Evans, Alan Senauke and Markie Sanders!
- The Bluegrass Intentions are back with their one-of-a-kind blend of traditional bluegrass, old-time, Cajun and blues. A veritable Bay Area Roots music super group, the Bluegrass Intentions are Suzy Thompson on violin and accordion; Eric Thompson on mandolin and guitar; Bill Evans on five-string banjo; Alan Senauke on guitar and mandolin and Markie Sanders on bass. They intend to play bluegrass, but along the way you might hear anything from Muddy Waters song to Cajun dance music or a Bill Evans original banjo tune.
- All of the Bluegrass Intentions band members have been active on the international folk, old-time and bluegrass music scenes since the 1960’s and 70’s, performing with folks like David Grisman, Laurie Lewis, California Cajun Orchestra, High Country, Peter Rowan, Blue Flame String Band, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Rose Maddox, Tony Trischka, Dewey Balfa, the Backwoods Band, Country Cooking, the Lynn Morris Band, the Fiction Brothers, Any Old Time String Band, the Good Ol’ Persons, the Black Mountain Boys (with Jerry Garcia) and the Charles River Valley Boys, among many others.
- The Bluegrass Intentions are rooted in the classic styles they have learned and absorbed from older musicians like Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, Benton Flippen, the Stanley Brothers, Cousin Emmy, Flatt & Scruggs, Tommy Jarell and more, but they are now seen as traditional music sources themselves, teaching many of the current generation of young bluegrass and old-time virtuosos.
- From Dave Briggs, WPLN-FM, Nashville, Tennessee
"What a mesmerizing blend of the old and the new! Ancient primeval tones played with a modern precision; tough, gritty vocals; sparkling instrumentation creativity and a bouncing, buoyant groove that just doesn't quit. It’s music that simultaneously looks both to the future and that primordial bluegrassical ooze and comes up with something fresh, exciting and new in the process.
- Writes KPFA radio’s Sing Out! host Larry Kelp of the band’s CD Old As Dirt:
“This band of some of the best and most eclectic roots musicians have put their group chemistry onto a fine and fun recording. While it sounds like a traditional bluegrass album, Old As Dirt brings in so many other American roots elements that it keeps offering not just surprises at every turn of phrase, but also insight into just what constitutes American music.”
- Combining over 150 years of collective professional musical experience, this Bluegrass Intentions reunion show is something not to be missed!
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