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Kind Grass 2 Coming to Columbus, OH

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Rumpke Mountain BoysGet your dancing shoes ready, because Kind Grass 2 is coming in hot! Taking place on Friday, November 4th at the Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, OH, the one-day festival is packed to the brim with top-notch artists from the folk/bluegrass scene.

The fine folks at Woodlands Productions have put together a great lineup, with Rumpke Mountain Boys headlining the night. The Larry Keel Experience, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Kitchen Dwellers, and Cowboy Hillbilly Hippie Folk are all performing as well, providing some groovy bluegrass music from cover to cover. With two stages and music running from 6pm through 2am, there’s nothing stopping you from coming out and getting down! Not only that, but the festival will be offering $3 pints of SweetWater 420 all night long.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, and you can find them here. The full lineup includes:

  • Rumpke Mountain Boys
  • The Larry Keel Experience
  • Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
  • Kitchen Dwellers
  • Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk

Energized from their stellar bluegrass performances at some of the top music festivals in the east, including All Good, Terrapin Hill Music Festival, Appalachian Uprising, Shoefest, and their own festival, Snugglefest, Cincinnati, Ohio’s Rumpke Mountain Boys can be described as “foot stompin, whiskey spillin, old timey, psychedelic party music”, the Rumpke Mountain Boys have taken the festival circuit by storm, garnering legions of faithful fans along the way with their signature brand of fiery bluegrass aptly named Trashgrass. Using banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and acoustic guitar, the Rumpke Mountain Boys have molded their own unique style and leave no genre of music untouched. Named after Rumpke Landfill, the highest point in their home of Hamilton County, OH, their remarkable energy and passion shine through in their marathon live performances, their songwriting has won critical acclaim, and they’ve shared the stage with iconic artists such as Larry Keel, Leftover Salmon, Tim O’Brien, Ralph Stanley, Keller Williams, Yonder Mountain String Band and Del McCoury. According to Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, The Rumpke Mountain Boys are “high energy, hot licks, cool tunes - A party waiting to happen.”

Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music. He’s also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it’s a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive.

While strongly rooted in bluegrass, old-time, and folk music, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades produces a sound that draws on the vaults of music collectively and individually enjoyed throughout the course of their lives thus far. The music doesn’t lend itself well to categories or boundaries. One could possibly be formed, but the boys seem to generally prefer fishing a river, or enjoying the company of friends and barley beers.

With their music well-defined or not, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades has begun to form a place in the American music scene, gaining recognition on both a regional and national scale. The band took 3rd place at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Band Competition in 2012 and has since shared the stage with Trampled By Turtles, The Travelin’ McCourys, Railroad Earth, Merle Haggard, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Marty Stuart, and many more.

It was in Bozeman, Montana that the Kitchen Dwellers first discovered a constant source of musical inspiration near the kitchen, with bluegrass music, and each other. From those free form kitchen picking sessions, their very own chief recipe of a bluegrass style was created. Over the course of their career the Dwellers have been honored to open for some of their very own musical heroes: Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Head for the Hills, Horseshoes and Handgrenades, just to name a few. They were honored to be welcomed at the very Delfest in Cumberland, Maryland, took second place at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s band competition and was selected as a finalist at the North West String Summit band competition at Hornings Hideout in North Plains, Oregon all in the summer of 2014. The Kitchen Dwellers currently reside in Bozeman, Mt and consist of: Torrin Daniels on Banjo and Vocals. Max Davies on acoustic guitar. Jesse Butler on Fiddle. Joe Funk on Bass and Vocals and Shawn Swain on Mandolin. Altogether, the Kitchen Dwellers bring their acoustical picking and songwriting to the stage with electrically manipulated textures guaranteed to impress.

Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk have been in existence for about ten years. Their style is wandering and waving through the grass. They play cowboy, hillbilly, hippie and folk music. Their cowboy genre includes covers of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, etc. The hillbilly side of it is mostly traditional bluegrass numbers. Their hippie-psychedelic side includes some Grateful Dead as well as some trippy originals like "My Messiah." The folk genre is broad, spanning Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan. They also have a large repertoire of originals which fall into all of those categories.

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