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Artists – Main Stage

MAIN STAGE LINE-UP

Kruger Brothers

Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a
very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to
a wide diversity of musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were
eleven and twelve years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Jens’ and Uwe’s first
public performances were as a duo, and in just a few years they were busking on the streets of cities
throughout eastern and western Europe.

CBS Records contracted with Jens and Uwe when Jens was just seventeen years old, and shortly
thereafter, the Krugers hosted a radio show on SRG SSR, the Swiss Public broadcast group. Several years
later, the brothers teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a
very extensive musical upbringing in classical and jazz music (studying with jazz great Milt Hinton), thus
forming a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995. Together, they established the
incomparable sound that The Kruger Brothers are known for today. The trio moved to the United States
in 2002 and is based in Wilkesboro, NC.
Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, The Kruger Brothers’ remarkable
discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique
sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has
since become a hallmark of the trio’s work.

In their ever-expanding body of work – Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead
vocals), and Joel Landsberg , (bass and vocals) – The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration
and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music is crafted
around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh.

Never Come Down

Never Come Down was a 2022 IBMA MOMENTUM AWARD NOMINEE, and in 2019 and 2022 they were Band Competition Winners at ROCKYGRASS and FRESHGRASS respectfully.

Weaving together modern and traditional styles of American music, Never Come Down is a Portland, Oregon based 5-piece composed of Joe Suskind (guitar), Crystal Lariza (vocals), Brian Alley (banjo), Kaden Hurst (mandolin), and Ben Ticknor (bass). Their dedication to thoughtful songwriting and dynamic arrangements highlight polished technical skills and a commitment to listening to each other. Formed in 2018, the band began touring extensively- steadily cultivating a passionate fan base at home in the Pacific Northwest, and eventually around the country. NCD released their first studio album “Better Late Than Never” in 2021 and their second LP “Greener Pastures” is slated for release. They’ve toured internationally and have found acclaim at festivals such as Iceland Airwaves, John Hartford Memorial Fest, Americanafest, FreshGrass and RockyGrass.

Arkansauce

Arkansauce is Tom Andersen on bass, Zac Archuleta on guitar, Ethan Bush on mandolin, and Adams Collins on banjo. Their music features improvisational string leads matched with complex melodies, intriguing rhythms, and deep thumping bass grooves. Each member sings lead and harmony parts as well as contributes to the lyrics, which offer authentic, intelligent songwriting with hard-hitting hooks.

Under the Rocks

Hailing from Kelowna, Canada, Under the Rocks has emerged from a city with no other bluegrass acts to become one of Canada’s premier bluegrass bands. Featuring acoustic guitar (Jordan Klassen), fiddle (Chloe Davidson), banjo and mandolin (Chris Baxter), and upright bass (Nils Loewen) the band makes a big sound that tips its cap to tradition while incorporating singer-songwriter music intentionally put together with clever, inventive song arrangements, emotive instrumental breaks and powerful vocal harmony. Their shows commonly feature dancing, laughter, joyful hoots and hollers and serene moments accompanied by tears and tranquil sighs of release or appreciation. They are a heartfelt, talented string quartet that blends uplifting energy with a reflective reverence for the difficulties of reality that marries joy and sorrow and declares “YES”. Yes to all that it means to be alive on this planet, here and now.

FarmStrong

FarmStrong lights up the stage with exquisite harmony signing and seasoned instrumentation. The heart of the band draws on inspiration from the last century of country, blues and bluegrass music from the 1920’s through the 50’s, as well as folk, rock, gospel and soul music of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond.

FarmStrong’s talented and experienced musicians take their audience outside the bluegrass tradition. Their unmistakable sound moves the soul, while remaining firmly rooted in music from the mountains.

GOSPEL SHOW - Roosevelt Road and Friends

Roosevelt Road is a band of well experienced musicians bringing decades of experience and styles including great Bluegrass, Americana and Gospel music to the Northwest and beyond.

Jane McMahon’s vocals are beautiful and pure.  Jane has her own style of 5 string Banjo that pleases the listener.

Steve McMahon, our Bass guy, loves to explore his Bass and play ‘just a few different runs now and then.  Steve also adds great vocals.

Mike Janda has been involved in the NW music scene for many years.  His guitar style complements Bluegrass and Americana styles and his hometown vocal is unique in its soothing yet pronounced tone.

Loren Postma, Dobro Guru, adds a unique and pleasant sound to the band.  Loren also sings lead and harmony vocals.

Robbie (John) Bennett is one of the NW finest fiddle players.  His fiddle playing is so pleasant and smooth its a joy to hear and he rounds out Roosevelt Road with true Bluegrass vocals as well.

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