ShamGrass Bash | Bluegrass Q & A with Feed The Dog

ShamGrass Bash | Bluegrass Q & A with Feed The Dog

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Bluegrass party crowd at ShamGrass Bash in Downtown Green Bay. Feed The Dog, The Liver Killers, and The Monsters of Grass will perform rowdy, foot-stomping music on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Gather on Broadway, 139 N. Broadway, Green Bay.

Committed to furthering the music scene in Green Bay, Gather on Broadway is excited to present a musical extravaganza like ShamGrass Bash. Gather on Broadway is an urban event space located in the center of Green Bay’s Broadway District. The historic venue brings people together to share unique experiences: weddings, corporate parties, cooking classes, and so much more.

Now, let’s hear from Feed the Dog bassist David Blessant for a ShamGrass Bash Q&A.

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ShamGrass Bash

WHAT: Bluegrass music extravaganza & St. Patrick’s Day party

WHO: Feed The Dog, The Liver Killers, and The Monsters of Grass

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16

WHERE: Gather on Broadway, 139 N. Broadway, Green Bay

TICKETS: $10 Advanced; $15 Door Bit.ly/Shamgrass19

 

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3 Acts to Perform at ShamGrass Bash

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A: The night is going to be filled with high-energy performances from all three acts. You know there is going to be a great crowd that night. Naturally, the bands will feed off of that and really turn the night into something to be remembered for everyone involved.
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A: Feed the Dog has shared the stage with both Liver Killers and Monsters of Grass numerous times all across the state. There are a lot of friendships that exist between these bands so you know that there is going to be a lot of “member sharing” back and forth all night. Those sit-in moments always pack an extra punch and show the true musical prowess of some really talented gentlemen. It’s also always interesting to see a band adjust the way they play to make room for new elements.

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Younger Generation of Bluegrass Bands

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A:The Bluegrass scene in Wisconsin is a good place to be in 2019. There seems to be a strong interest in the genre and the creative ways it is being re-worked by the younger generation of bands. Countless venues host the Americana genres on a weekly basis, there are dozens of regional festivals that stretch year-round dedicated to the genre, and national acts are regularly performing in the larger market cities across the state. There are always shows to play and always shows to attend.

I feel Feed the Dog kind of sits on the fringe of the scene. We’re not really a “Bluegrass band” but sometimes we like to play a couple blue-grassy tunes. We share the stage more often than not with Bluegrass acts, and we play at Bluegrass festivals. I think this is because our fiddle player, Timmy Mac, is a strong presence in the scene and has performed with, toured with, and recorded with a number of really talented bands that have made a name for themselves. I think the elements he brings to our band and the persona he occupies in the scene really connected us early on with the Bluegrass scene. That gave us a community to really develop, experiment, and thrive within as we were figuring out what we were trying to do.

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St. Patrick’s Day Party at Gather on Broadway

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A: We are super excited for the ShamGrass Bash. Gather on Broadway is a new venue for us, but Green Bay is one of our favorite cities. It’s always a good time when the room is filled with friends.

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A: You know people are going to be out for a good time near St Patrick’s Day. That can only mean good things for a rowdy foot-stomper.

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Good Time, Guaranteed

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A: Music makes people happy. Supporting those who are out there pouring their hearts into something is important, whether it’s the owner of a new sandwich shop, someone running for office, or a songwriter putting out their first demos hoping to attract a few people to play songs with. Get out there and watch a show. There is a lot of talent around there, and I guarantee you’ll have a good time.

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[collapse title=”Q: Which band member is most likely to dance the Irish jig at ShamGrass Bash?”]

A: The Irish fiddler of legend, Ol’ Tim McIlree, obviously. Although Tyler O’ Shea of the O’Shea Clan is almost just as likely to do a little steppin’ himself!

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