Sweetland Presents Live at Wild Leap: Jon Stickley Trio with Grandpa’s Cough Medicine & 10 String Symphony

August 4, 2018

8:00PM; 7:00PM Gates Open

Sweetland Amphitheatre announces a new music series in partnership with Wild Leap Brew Co. sponsored by Pure Life Studios. The three-part concert series will be hosted by Wild Leap Brewing Co. on the outdoor plaza stage or inside of the brewhouse, depending on weather conditions.

Saturday, June 9: The Steel Woods with special guest Drew Dixon
Saturday, August 4: Jon Stickley Trio with special guests Grandpa’s Cough Medicine and 10 String Symphony
Friday September 7: Rebirth Brass Band with special guests Maggie Koerner and Front Porch Collective

The three-part series will feature national, regional, and local acts, showcasing genres of music from southern rock to bluegrass to funk and soul. Local food vendors will be present at each concert. In addition to the wide variety of craft beers offered by Wild Leap Brew Co., Sweetland will be offering wine and mixed beverages.

Ticket prices for each concert will be $15 in advance and $20 on the night of the concert. Series tickets will be available for $40.00 from Thursday, April 5 until Monday, April 30, which will grant access to all three concerts. All concerts will be General Admission, standing room only with limited seating available. Single tickets go on sale this Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. All concerts are all ages. Gates will open at 7 p.m.

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Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, rock, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine.

Two years after releasing Weight of the World, the sophomore recording which earned them attention from NPR: All Songs Considered, a #3 slot on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts, and took them on tour all over the US, UK and Australia, 10 String Symphony felt the desire to create a new type of album. Looking to expand their sound in an organic and authentic way, an extension of their two musical voices, rather than a layering of foreign elements, they sought out the talents of Scotland’s Kris Drever. Drever is one third of BBC award-winning folk trio LAU and the 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the year. With LAU, Drever has launched a formidable exploration of acoustic and electronic sounds, combining the rawness of traditional music with lush electronic soundscapes.

10 String Symphony traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland in April 2017 to work and arrange with Drever, culminating in 10 days recording in Pencaitland’s Castlesound Studios. What emerged was Generation Frustration, a 10 track album of original songs giving voice to the helplessness often felt by the Millennial generation with regards to politics, racism, poverty, privilege and a global climate crisis while living under the leadership of political parties that were largely voted in by an older generation. This division and subsequent collision of generations is exemplified musically through the sound of an acoustic duo layered over modern sounds, a combination of past and present that hits the listener both emotionally and intellectually.

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