Grant Farm performs at Eagle Town Park in Eagle
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What: Grant Farm plays ShowDown Town.
Where: Eagle Town Park, Eagle.
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
More information: http://www.showdowntownfreeconcerts.com.
EAGLE — Described as “a refreshing harvest of a band from the fertile Front Range of Colorado,” four-piece band Grant Farm will finish out the Moe’s Original ShowDown Town free concert series in Eagle today at 6:30 p.m. at Eagle Town Park.
This much-anticipated four-piece represents the fruition of the efforts of National Flatpicking champion Tyler Grant, one of the hottest and best-known guitar players on the scene today. Grant was a member of The Drew Emmitt Band and The Emmitt-Nershi Band from 2005 until 2010, when he went on his own to pursue his calling as a bandleader. In Grant Farm, he is partnered with dynamic drummer Chris Misner, also of The Drew Emmitt Band and Bill Nershi’s Blue Planet. The quartet is completed by funky phenom Adrian “Ace” Engfer on bass and the prodigious Sean Foley on keyboards. Grant Farm has established a movement based on its connection to roots music of all kinds, devotion to fans and family and performances of Rocky Mountain Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Members of Grant Farm have been featured on stage with the likes of Leftover Salmon, The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Motet, Head For The Hills, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Dumpstaphunk, Tony Rice, Larry Keel, Keller Williams, Jon Oates, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Disco Biscuits, Abigail Washburn and Peter Rowan.
The seeds of Grant Farm were planted in 2009 by Tyler Grant and Andy Thorn. Grant was fresh off the boat from Nashville, Tenn., and Thorn from Chapel Hill, N.C. The duo found themselves in Boulder as members of The Emmitt-Nershi Band and were eager to showcase some of their original music. The Grant-Thorn duo quickly grew into a bluegrass, new acoustic quartet and were well-received by the hungry Colorado music fans. When Grant gave his notice to Emmitt-Nershi Band at the end of 2010, he was driven to make a bigger statement with his music so he dusted off his Telecaster, started a conversation with the experienced and equally driven Misner, plugged in, turned up and watched the sprouts of the Grant Farm concept grow.
With the help of Thorn and stellar bassist Keith Moseley, of The String Cheese Incident, the electric Grant Farm started rehearsing in early 2011. The band’s concerts in Denver, Boulder and the mountains beyond caused a ripple in the local music scene that led to some fine festival plays the following summer, including YarmonyGrass, Four Corners Folk Festival, Fort Collins Bark n’ Bluegrass, Riverfront and Harvestival. With a country-disco (Cris-Co), roots-rock, booty-shakin’ jam-tastic concept fully formed, Engfer and Foley were brought on board to bring the band into 2012, road-ready.
ShowDown Town concerts include children’s activities including face painting, balloon animals and character sketches. For more information, visit http://www.showdowntown freeconcerts.com.
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