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Native Grass Band in Concert at North Event Center in Orderville
Native Grass Band will be performing a concert at the North Event Center in Orderville, Utah, on Saturday, January 26. Native Grass is a fast-rising performing group, where all of the members are from southern Utah. Walter Josey on mandolin, JD Thompson thumps on doghouse bass, Dave Holder flat picks guitar and Lindsey Short plays Earl Scruggs-style banjo.
Native Grass formed in 2017 with the goal of writing and performing their own original music. “Yeah, we all got together to jam on bluegrass standards, and then someone spoke up, and wanted to play an original song that they had written. We had a ton of fun creating new music, and we decided to form a band to do our own stuff. The only problem was we only had one original song! So we spent a few months in the wood shed writing and polishing up original songs and tunes,” said Josey.
Native Grass debut performance was at the Kayenta, Utah Center For The Arts Theater in early 2018 with great success and enjoyment. Since then, the group has played their original music at other performing arts theaters and bluegrass festivals thoughout 2018.
“Our music is bluegrass-based in style, but we have our own twists and turns in our songs that make it a unique listening experience, where we put in all of our influences and talents from each band member,” Josey said. “As we were in the writing phase, we really liked what we came up with, but it was our debut performance where the audience showed us their appreciation and love for our new music never heard before.”
“Things continued to snowball with each performance, and word started to get out, to where we were getting booked at more venues. We are really excited to be playing for the folks in the Orderville and surrounding area, to share our music, and make new friends,” added Josey.
Native Grass has been so busy coming up with new material, rehearsing and playing live venues over the past few months, it was only in late 2018 they had time to go into the recording studio to create their first CD project. “We are having a great time with the new CD. We are still working on putting the final touches on each song and hope to get things done soon,” said Josey.
The Native Grass Band concert will start at 6:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m. The North Event Center is located at 475 North Highway 89, Orderville. Tickets are $25 at the door. Discount pre-sale $20 tickets are available by ordering them on the Native Grass Band website www.nativegrassband.com or by calling 435-817-1599.
Start the 2019 New Year off right by coming out and enjoying a Native Grass Band concert. We’ll see you there!