Getting Started: a Beginner's Band Workshop - The Get Down Boys

17 May 2011
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Sunday, June 3, 2:00pm

Workshop Stage by the pond

In just a few years the Get Down Boys have mastered an organic, contemporary sound and cohesive high energy act, but most important to this group is their support for the new movements in bluegrass music. "The GDB's are blazing a new path with their spit-fire vocals, upbeat high-tempo picking, and a classic mix of instrumentation that sounds twangy and fresh" (The Groove Thief).

The story of The Get Down Boys starts sometime in 2007, in Boston, MA, where Andy Keathley and Matt Bruer met in Jon Aldrich's "Jingle Writing" class at Berklee College of Music. It was then that they made arrangements to pick some bluegrass and eventually play together around Boston in the 'jam-grass' fusion band, Southbound Underground. After graduating from Berklee in 2008 and relocating to Los Angeles, Matt & Andy continued to jam in local bluegrass circles. Looking to round out the instrumentation, the band employed the use of craigslist to audition bass players. They didn't look any further than the first candidate, Evan Winsor, who had arrived in L.A. weeks earlier, surprisingly from Boston where he had also just graduated from Berklee. The band is now joined by Etienne Cremieux on fiddle and vocals and the group is releasing a new CD, "Girls".

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