The Lil' Smokies and More Set for 2016 Vinegrass Festival Lineup
As in years past, we continue to bring the best up & coming bands in the Americana & Bluegrass genres that might not normally make it to Cape Cod and give them the opportunity to showcase their music in front of an audience that truly enjoys music.
Please join us and help us continue to support Roots music on Cape Cod.
THE LIL' SMOKIES
All the way from Missoula, Montana, The Lil' smokies will headline the day. With a unique blend of traditional, bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil' Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you'll be singing to yourself for days & a jaw you'll have to pick up off the floor. In 2015 they won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival competition and in October 2014, they were nominated by the (IBMA) for Momentum Band of the Year.
If you're wondering where the music of Nashville troubadour WOODY PINES comes from, look to the streets. It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody first cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum, or hillbilly. Woody traveled all over the streets of this country, road testing his songs, drawing from the catchiest elements of the music he loved and adding in hopped-up vintage electrification to get that old country dancehall sound down right.
Dori Freeman is a twenty-four-year-old singer and songwriter from the southwestern hills of Virginia. Dori comes from a family rooted in art and tradition. Her grandfather is an artist and guitar player, & her father, a multi-instrumentalist & music instructor. While her style subscribes to no one genre, the influence of her Appalachian upbringing lies at the core of her music - heard especially in the lulling mountain drawl of her voice. She sings without affect & with striking clarity, delivering each song carefully and earnestly. Dori's style was shaped by American Roots music: Bluegrass, Rhythm and Blues, & Old Country.
DAMN TALL BUILDINGS
Damn Tall Buildings sound comes from a collective happy place they have found in the music written in rural America, or as its more popularly known at: Roots. This music was written primarily by poor people living off what they could grow from the land, and it displays all of the grittiness, rust, and realism if the er from which it was conceived. Their music does not fit in to any single Roots genre, so they have had to create a homestead for themselves under their own banner: Guerrilla Roots. Guerrilla Roots is much more than a genre; it's a movement intended to open the ears of the general public to old music repurposed for a modern audience.TWISTED PINE
Armed with fresh writing, high octane virtuosity, and endless energy TWISTED PINE challenges its bluegrass roots by effortlessly intertwining innovation with tradition. In a Twisted pine show, anything can happen: delicate harmonies turn into growling vocals, raucous fiddle tunes melt into groovy jams, fiery solos make way for heartfelt melodies and bittersweet lyrics. They were nominated for the 2015 IBMA Band Performance Momentum Award and placed second in the 2015 RockyGrass band competition tie-breaking round.MONICA RIZZIO
Vinegrass founder Monica Rizzio will make her 1st appearance at the festival. In support of her highly acclaimed debut album "Washashore Cowgirl", Rizzio blends her country upbringing in Texas with the east coast folk tradition. Rizzio is certainly a country girl at her core. She doesn't just write, sing, play, and record these songs. She makes them jump out of the speaker with a fresh energy and determination.She is the heart & soul of Vinegrass, providing opportunities for music students to continue studying music in college through our scholarship program.
The Vinegrass Organization's mission is to enhance the cultural quality of life through the production of American Roots concerts and festivals. We will preserve and foster this traditional American genre of music through scholarships, workshops, and instruments, ensuring its place for generations to come.