Everything about this award-winning trio is BiG from their stage presence to their sound to their message. They all write, they all sing, and they each play a variety of instruments that they pass around during their concerts guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin, strum stick, and djembe. They trade off lead vocals and their 3 part harmonies are as beautiful as they are precise. Add to that the kind of harmonies that give you goose bumps, a shiver down your spine, or yep, you guessed it a BiG WiDE GRiN.
Elaine Dempsey, Lawrence Lambert, and Karl Werne are BiG WiDE GRiN. When this bi-coastal trio from California and Virginia gets together it's more than just a tour. It's a celebration. They write and perform contemporary acoustic music with a feel that is both familiar and nostalgic. Think about the groups that made you fall in love with this type of music - Crosby Stills & Nash, The Mamas &The Papas, or Peter Paul & Mary. Think about of all those great harmonies, all those socially conscious lyrics, songs of protest, peace, love and togetherness. Think about Poco, Pure Prairie League, and Simon & Garfunkel. Their songs spoke to us as much with the interplay of guitars and voices as they did with their lyrics.
BiG WiDE GRiN is currently recording tracks for their 4th CD, expected this year. Their previous releases are receiving increased worldwide airplay, and they truly sparkle in a live setting. They each have a unique musical style, and all three contribute original material to their set lists.
They are constantly on the move at festivals, concert series, or select house concerts and have shared the stage collectively with such artists as Janis Ian, Harriett Shock, Lowen & Navarro, Richie Havens, and Bruce Hornsby. They have toured with legendary blues man, Keb Mo.
Their three different personalities create an on-stage chemistry that draws people in, and they are natural entertainers: very warm and connected, very real and often, very funny. It is not unusual to see their audience laugh, cry, sing and dance at their concerts.
BiG WiDE GRiN will perform at Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb, just north of Golf Links on the west side of Kolb, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Advance tickets are $15 online, or by check at least one week in advance of the show. If not sold out, tickets will be $20 cash at the door. Doors open at 6:30.
Abounding Grace Sanctuary (View)
2450 S Kolb
Tucson, AZ 85710