$18 – $22

Grateful Shred

Otus Supply & Grand Circus Media
18+

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Grateful Shred

Mapache

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Otus Supply

345 E. Nine Mile Rd

Ferndale, MI 48220

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Wait -- I know what you're thinking. Another fucking Grateful Dead cover band? Really?

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The thing is, Los Angeles-based Grateful Shred manage to channel that elusive Dead vibe: wide-open guitar tones, effortless three-part vocal harmonies, choogling beats, and yes, plenty of tripped out, Shredded solos. The look, the sound, the atmosphere. It's uncanny. "It's more of a 'take' on the Dead than a tribute band," says bassist Dan Horne. "We end up sounding almost more like the Dead because we approach it in this free-spirited way."

Founded one night in 2016, the band came about almost by accident. Singer/guitarist Austin McCutchen had a residency at The Griffin in Atwater Village; his band was out of town, so he drafted some friends to play a set of Dead covers, and the four founding members (Austin, Sam, Clay, and Dan) have been together ever since. Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch (of country-folk revivalists Mapache) handle vocal and guitar duties, rounded out by bassist Dan Horne (of Cass McCombs, Jonathan Wilson, and the estimable Circles Around The Sun, who provided the incidental music for 2015's "Fare Thee Well" concerts, the last shows played by the living members of the Dead ). Add a rotating cast of drummers (like Richard Gowen of he Growler) and keyboardists (like Lee Pardini of Dawes and Jerry Borgé of Ziggy Marley), and you've got the essential formula.

Far from being a historical re-enactment, Grateful Shred's laissez faire vibe infuses the band with a gentle spirit, warmth, and (dare we say it) authenticity. From their killer merch game to their eminently watchable YouTube channel, they're clearly having a rad time and spreading the love. Strangely enough, in a world overflowing with wax museum nostalgia and Deadly sentimentalism, we need the Shred, now more than ever.

Mapache Bio

The young men of Mapache don’t like to waste time. In the studio, Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch often gather around a single microphone to capture their songs live in a take or two at most. On the road, they begin charming audiences instantly, captivating crowds with their mesmerizing harmonies and intricate guitar work from the very first notes. And now, just months after releasing their critically acclaimed debut, the duo is already back with a beguiling new EP titled ‘Lonesome LA Cowboy.’ “We just didn’t see any reason to wait,” says Blasucci. “Our repertoire has grown since our first record,and these songs are just too much fun not to sing.”Consisting of three charismatic covers, ‘Lonesome LA Cowboy’encompasses a far broader swath oftime and space than the hour it took to record would suggest, effortlessly bridging decades, genres, and even international borders. Tapping faithfully into an era that ended well before their births, Mapache’s performances here conjure up dry desert breezes and lush coastal canyons with a distinctly southwestern brand of harmony-driven folk and country that’s at once vintage and contemporary. The pair relies on nothing more than acoustic guitars and enchanting vocals to work their magic, pulling influence from the architects of American roots music as well as formative years spent living in Mexico and filtering it all through modern, youthful sensibilities. It’s music with little regard for boundaries or barriers, reverent of the past but fully immersed in the present.“We makemusic that’s reflective of the landscape we grew up within southern California,” says Finch. “It’s a big sweep of all the really rich influences you encounter around here: folk and psychedelic and country and Latin and rock and cowboy and Hawaiian. We’re drawing from a really deep well.”Recorded in a similarly stripped-down fashion with producer Dan Horne (Cass McCombs, Allah-Las),Mapache’s self-titled debut introduced the duo’s timeless songwriting and airtight harmonies, earning obvious comparisons to The Louvin Brothers in addition to more cosmic keepers of the flame like Graham Parsons and the Grateful Dead.AquariumDrunkardhailed the duo as “a blazed up Everly Brothers” and raved that“the LP faithfully radiates the intimate warmth of their live shows,” while No Depression said the album “weds lilting melodies to lyrics that often extol the beauties of nature,” and Saving Country Music declared that the duo “can fill up a room with more soul soaring harmony than most symphonic assemblies.”The music helped earn the band festival appearances from Pickathon to Mountain Jam as well as tour dates with Chris Robinson, Nikki Bluhm, Beachwood Sparks, and more. Though Mapache(Spanish for “raccoon”) only recently began recording, the duo’s roots stretch all the way back to high school, whereFinch and Blasucci struck up a friendship over a shared love of skateboarding and classic songwriters.After graduation, Finch headed north to study music at Chico State(birthplace of The Mother Hips, who recently invited Mapache to perform at their beloved Hipnic festival in Big Sur), while Blasucci headed south to Mexico, where he served as a missionary for two years.

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Ferndale, MI 48220

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