TELEFUNKEN co-hosts Podunk Bluegrass Band Competition
Each summer leading local, regional and national bluegrass acts convene on the Hebron Fairgrounds in Hebron, CT and deliver an awesome festival experience. The Main Stage festivities kick off on Thursday, August 9th at 5pm with the annual Band Competition sponsored by TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik. Additional information can also be found on the facebook event page here.
The 2018 TELEFUNKEN Podunk Bluegrass Band Competition Contestants:
Collinsville String Band
The Collinsville String Band is an experienced group of musicians who have played separately in numerous bands of varying styles for years. Based out of its name sake, Collinsville CT, its members started focusing on roots music around 2014. The band has a loyal following and performs at various local venues. Band member Seth Hagymasi’s father, Tom is a member of Last Fair Deal, a popular Ct based bluegrass band. One of the strong points of the band is their three part harmony and performance of original music.
Since 2009 Blackjack Crossing, from Keene NH, has been performing its style of bluegrass music across New England. With a strong emphasis on originals, the band respects the traditions of bluegrass but isn’t stuck in the past. From foot stomping fiddle tunes to ballads, the band incorporates elements of folk and rock to keep their music improvisational while also incorporating the bluegrass style. The band brings years of performing together into an exciting show.
In their own words Pretty Saro is an acoustic roots quartet based in Boston MA, fusing traditional styles with modern ideas to create a unique and exciting musical experience. The band is affiliated with Berklee School of Music and its members include Maxfield Anderson from Oklahoma, Alex Formento, New Jersey, Devon Gardner, Arizona and Joe Everett, Ohio. The contemporary quartet draws inspiration from traditional bluegrass and blends it with their diverse background to create a sound uniquely theirs.
River Bones Band
The River Bones Band is a collection of musicians from Philadelphia PA, that is rooted in bluegrass, that bring a modern energy to standard Americana tunes as well as exciting original music. Their music has been described as ” old timey sound with a fresh and hip attitude”. In March 2018 they released their debut album ” Billy in the High Ground”. If you’re looking for bluegrass music with an original twist River Bones Band fits the bill.