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Cricket Tell the Weather/Rain Check

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Muddy Creek Music Hall

5455 Bethania Road

Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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All ages show (12 & under $5) $12 advance/$15 door

Cricket Tell the Weather is a Brooklyn based string band with its roots deep in the bluegrass tradition and its branches stretching wherever the sun shines. Winners of the 2013 FreshGrass Award, Cricket combines indie folk songwriting and traditional bluegrass instruments. As a listener, you can expect Cricket’s core to beat with the heart of a restless spirit determined to play it out and move along. Whether you want to call it a folk roots string band, or an indie bluegrass quartet, it’s going to be personal in a way that stretches against categories and familiar in a way that honors those who have come before—most certainly, it will take you on a trip. Award-winning songwriter Andrea Asprelli (fiddle) came to the east coast from Colorado’s front range, and was shaped by local bluegrass communities scattered across Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, before co-founding Cricket Tell the Weather and setting up shop in Brooklyn, NY. Winner of the 2011 Podunk Songwriting Competition, Andrea is joined by Doug Goldstein on banjo, Jeff Picker on guitar, Sam Weber on bass, and Dave Goldenberg on mandolin. The band has twice been awarded the Neighborhood Arts & Heritage Grant from the City of Bridgeport, and is actively involved in providing bluegrass workshops to students of all ages under their “American Roots Revival” workshop series. In 2014, Cricket released its independent eponymous debut album of original music, recorded at Signature Sounds studio in Pomfret Center, CT.

Rain Check is the assimilation of 4 musicians who during their childhood probably told their parents that they really wanted to do things their own way. Never at home in the “tried and true” path suggested by others, each member of this acoustic quartet has traveled their own musical journey that, somehow, brings them together today.
Allen Conrad, guitar and vocals,as one of the founding members of Rain Check, traces his history back to a high school friendship beginning in the late ‘60’s with other founding member, Jack Steelman. Allen was focused at the time on his family folk music group, The Conrad Trio. Alan is one of the most rock solid guitarists around. His powerful vocal delivery and outstanding guitar work makes him a driving force in any band. Rain Check is no exception.
The other founding member is Bassist Jack Steelman. His friendship with Alan and playing music with him in high school, eventually led to the formation of Rain Check. He's known in many circles as the bassist and vocalist in Rain Check. But many don't know that Jack has played brass instruments in a variety of classical, big band, and beach music groups, including the nationally known group, The Platters. Jacks diverse musical skills playing other genres of music, and his fantastic bass playing technique and tone, comes to full fruition with Rain Check. He is the piston that drives the group.
Dennis Severt on mandolin and vocals grew up in the Severt family band and went on from there to star with Lou Reid and Jimmy Haley in the internationally reknown group, Southound. He also preformed many years with his brother David in the group "the Severts". He is widely recognized as one of the top mandolin players in the area and has his own,very distinctive style of playing. Dennis has played with many groups and his mandoilin stylings always add that extra spark that any group would desire. His vocal abilities to sing lead and parts, also makes him a sought after musician.
John Boulding, banjo, dobro, and vocals, performed with the Severts in his early years, later to become a founding member of Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz. He's also played with Johnny and Jeanette Williams Band, and filled in in numerous professional bands as a 'sideman'. He also enjoys studio session work and has played on over150 recorded projects to date. His longest lasting tenure to dayte has been playing with the Shady grove Band, for the past 15 years. By day, John is recognized as a very talented luthier, trained at an early age by his father. He also has been teaching for many years and offers lessons on guitar,banjo,bass and resophonic guitar, via online Skype, or in house.
From reflective ballads that lay you back in your seat, to rollicking covers and original songs that get you on your feet, the music of Rain Check is a new breed in America’s acoustic music scene. With the combination of urban and rural influences, some call it “urbal” music, while others call it Americana, or folk rock. Many genres are covered and sometimes the lines get blurred. But no matter what they play, Rain Check plays it with skill, taste and emotion. The band also calls it " a lot of fun".

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