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Under the Willow wsg/The River Valley Rangers, 9 pm, No Cover, 21+ Show
Under the Willow is a Nomadic Newgrass Band growing roots across the nation and helping revive the love of traditional Bluegrass instrumentation in the hearts of a new generation.
Fronted by Erin Donovan whos distinctive vocals and ravenous fiddle playing she is supported by a superb cast of multi-instrumentalist.
Hayley Skreens lead and back up vocals and harmonies blend seamlessly with Erin’s voice. Patrick Donovan’s compositions and electric stage presence is a driving force in the bands collaboration and live performance. Joe Lenza’s unique picking style and exploratory sound grooves right in with the Willow. At times they will trade their instruments with each other, each equally proficient on guitar, mandolin or banjo. Each bringing their own style and approach to whichever instrument they are playing at any given time. Whether Under the Willow is playing a traditional bluegrass tune or a “Newgrass” jam, they produce a sound that will quench your soul and have you stomping your feet!
River Valley Rangers
What began as a few friends playing songs down by the Fox river has now formed to become the bluegrass/newgrass band that is the River Valley Rangers. They have developed a high-energy stringband sound that will keep you stompin’ your boots all night long! The Rangers have shared the bill with acts such as the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, the Larry Keel Experience, Hot Buttered Rum, Pert Near Sandstone, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Henhouse Prowlers, and many more. Burning like a Midwestern prairie fire, they aren’t slowing down any time soon!