New experiments in chamber bluegrass
You may have heard and marveled at Mark Lavengood as the dobro player with the fast-rising Michigan bluegrass-and-more band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys. Now's your chance to hear what he can really do—he has amicably left that band and is setting out on his own. Mark honed his skills on the dobro in Michigan's folk and bluegrass communities while working part-time at Founders brewpub in Grand Rapids. In addition to Lindsay Lou, he's played with Michael Beauchamp & the Barn Roughs, Nicholas James Thomasma, Kung Fu Rodeo, the Fauxgrass Quartet, and Strings 'n Things. Mark has been influenced on the dobro by oe Wilson & Drew Howard, Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, Andy Hall, Todd Livingston, Sally Van Meter, and Mike Witcher, and he's got some terrific, clever original tunes and a new album, "We've Come Along."
Nashville's 10 String Symphony is an experiment in acoustic innovation. Although difficult to categorize, their music is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices, encompassing "aggressive, almost discordant, celtic and dare I say punky string-chording experimentations" (The Bluegrass Situation). Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players. Their desire to see just how far a two-fiddle, two-vocals instrumentation could take them was the inspiration for the 10 String Symphony project.