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Small Towne Bluegrass Band Concert

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On Sunday, August 16th at 3:00 pm (after the Sunday Market), Clatsop Community College Arts and Ideas will present Astoria’s hot new Bluegrass Band “Small Towne” at the Performing Arts Center (16th and Franklin St. in downtown Astoria). This is a new Northwest bluegrass and gospel band with roots firmly planted in the traditional sounds of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin and Larry Sparks. The group also performs their own original material.

Small Towne is composed of four unique musicians that come from a variety of musical backgrounds. The members of the band include Tygh Trachsel on bass, Dave Elliott on mandolin, Brad Griswold on banjo, and Randy Weese on guitar. Each individual brings a refreshing and diverse musical contribution to the Small Towne sound. Small Towne’s musical focus arrives at traditional, contemporary, gospel and original bluegrass music.

On acoustic Bass and vocals is Tygh Trachsel. Tygh brings a diverse musical background to the Small Towne quartet. His musical influences range from Christian rock to hard driving traditional bluegrass. Tygh has played in several top-notch bands over the years; most notable is Portland’s own Sunny South. Tygh’s smooth vocal style and solid bass lines complete Small Towne’s unique sound. Tygh lives in Gresham, Oregon with his wife Charlene.

On mandolin and vocals is Dave Elliott. Dave is a well-known bluegrass musician in the greater Portland area. Dave has played in several top-notch bluegrass bands in the past; he, too, played in Sunny South. Dave is well respected for his Monroe style mandolin playing and his fine tenor vocals. Dave is a featured radio personality on KBOO radio in Portland, where on the second Saturday of every month you can hear bluegrass at its best. Dave lives in Gresham, Oregon where he lives with his wife Flower.

Burning up the banjo, and adding his unique vocal style to Small Towne is Brad Griswold. Brad hails from Tumwater, Washington. Brad’s solid banjo style is heavily influenced by such greats as Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe and Sammy Shelor with just enough melodic and single string influence to make him a complete banjo player. Brad has performed in numerous bluegrass groups around the northwest, including, The Snake Oil Medicine Show, Scatter Creek, Stoney Point and as part of Chinook Wind with Roger and Janice Maddy.

On guitar and vocals is Randy Weese. Randy draws on both traditional and contemporary bluegrass music. Randy’s rhythm and lead guitar style is a result of influences of such legendary greats as Larry Sparks, Clarence White, Roy Nicholls and James Burton. Randy has played in both bluegrass and country bands in his musical career. Randy makes his home in the coastal community of Astoria, Oregon, where he lives with his wife Janice.

Here’s what people are saying about Small Towne:

General Cothren, Northwest Festival promoter, says, “Small Towne has one of the best traditional bluegrass sounds in the Northwest.”

Dave Petersen, Northwest Festival promoter, says, “Small Towne is traditional to the bone with fine vocals and great picking.”

Bonnie Lively, bluegrass radio host at KMUN FM 91.5 in Astoria, Oregon, says, “Small Towne is absolutely great; they can really play and sing!”

Marv Sobeleski, a musician, teacher, businessman, and festival promoter says, “These guys really sound great.”

Tickets to the show are $10.00 and can be purchased in advance at Bach ‘n’ Rock or at the door one half hour before the show. For more information call 503-338-5735.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. The Performing Arts Center is ADA Accessible.

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