formed in West Los Angeles in the Spring of 2010. The founding members had much in common but mostly two things: their love of bluegrass music and common alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The Boys hail from all over the US (Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Springfield MO! -- yeah, that\'s the promoter\'s hometown). Performing high energy traditional and original Bluegrass music, along with modern favorites infused with the sounds of Americana, the Get Down Boys are known for their carefully crafted songs, floor-shaking rhythms, and unmistakable harmonies. The GDBs bring an irresistible and infectious passion to their spin on American roots music.
MELODY WALKER & JACOB GROOPMAN
Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman make music that brings together elements of folk and pop, old time music and Southern rock, with undertones of samba and Afrobeat. Their tight harmonies float over a richly textured mix of banjo, guitar, and mandolin on catchy originals and the occasional cover, like a terrific countrified version of the old Blondie hit, “Dreaming,” that somehow brings to mind dream songs by the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison. The website Turnstyled Junkpiled calls their first album, Gold Rush Goddess, “easily one of the strongest Americana releases of 2012” and describes their music as “shot through with joyful diversity, fresh original songs, and an attitude that is unafraid to try something new on every track.”
Appalachian-urban folk heroes, the Harkenbacks play a brand of music that, while steeped in mythic Americana , still decisively confronts the modern age. Trusting in wooden instruments and in their own voices, they sing traditional songs penned yesterday alongside contemporary material written before your grandmother was born.
Known to a handful of loyal fans as the Bluegrass Revolution. This new incarnation features 4 of the original founding members (Matt, Tom, Jesse, Andy) and their fire-hot pickin\'.
Their music is a mix of bluegrass, jam-grass, new-grass, and progressive bluegrass. And if they’re half as good as BG Rev, you won’t be saying “not too shabby”, but instead, “holy crap, you guys are freakin’ awesome!” or something to that effect.