Bastion's Big Bluegrass Weekend Featuring The Warren G. Hardings with Special Guest, Queen's Bluegrass, Marcel and Nakos & More for Bastion Brewing Company's Summer Music Series
The Summer is here and Bastion Brewing Company is excited to present a Summer Music Series that will knock your socks off! Literally! It's flip-flop weather folks! Great Music, Great Beer and Great Food accompany our outdoor music stage, so come enjoy the Summer weather with friends, family and the dog too! We'll see you there!
The Warren G. Hardings
The Warren G. Hardings are a high-energy stringband from Seattle, Washington. Heavily influenced by Americas roots, folk and bluegrass heritage, they belong to a generation of young musicians that continues to evolve and adapt these acoustic traditions for the 21st century. The band has a deep affinity for the music of legendary bluegrass pioneers such as Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, as well as the countless artists following in their footsteps who have helped progress the genre to the rich and diverse art form it is today. The Warren Gs draw on this legacy and contemporary influences, ranging from pop to punk, to create a live show experience that promises a foot-stomping party atmosphere and a good time for all. Whether ripping through old standards or performing original songs, the band strives to provide an infectious energy that gets the crowd moving.
Andrew Knapp Bass
Andrew began plucking bass as a youngster, spending days in his basement learning the ever important Zeppelin catalog to supplement the public school repertoire of Beethoven and Basie. After a subsequent degree in Music at Whitworth University, his search for a place in society led him to the whims of folk and bluegrass. True to his roots, he is leaving his modern mark on the traditional tunes of Americas past.
Gabriel Marowitz Mandolin
Gabriel was first inspired to pick up a mandolin after accidentally stumbling into a Yonder Mountain String Band show in Boulder, Colorado. This started a journey down the bluegrass rabbit hole leading further and further into the past, until he reemerged with a beard, heavily calloused fingers and many new friends.
Heath Reinhard Banjo
Heath lives in the trees, we call him coach. His banjo fell into his hands from the high heavens while he wasnt looking and he learned to play it before he had ever touched one. Hailing from New York City, his attitude says it all.
Joe Ellingson Guitar
Joe has been playing music since he was inspired by his mothers musings as a child. Growing up in a family of roving musicians his picking fingers matured at a young age in the Cascadian wood.
Lee Callender Fiddle
Lees been making music and playing fiddle for the majority of his life. His bluegrass appreciation blossomed during his years with the Saline Fiddlers, a premier youth fiddling group out of Saline, Michigan. During his involvement with the Fiddlers, Lee performed on stage with many notable musicians including Mark OConnor, Natalie MacMaster, Mountain Heart, The Infamous String Dusters, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, and Richard Greene.
with Special Guest:
Queen's Bluegrass has been performing since the mid 1980's. The founder of the group, Ernest Queen passed away in 2015--we like to say he "has gone on before." Kevin Fazio and Aaron Maas, both longtime Queen's Bluegrass members, had the privilege of spending a good bit of time with Ernie in his final days. One of Ernie's final requests was that we "keep playing the music." Kevin and Aaron (with the much needed and appreciated help from Aaron's wonderful wife, Jen) have honored the request since Ernie's passing.
The current lineup for Queen's Bluegrass...Kevin Fazio on banjo, Aaron Maas on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, John Parent on mandolin and fiddle, and Marcel Ardans on lead guitar.
Marcel and Nakos
Marcel has roots tied to the Great Northwest through his family, the Carkeeks. The musicians in the family include a banjo playing great-great-grandfather and his son, a guitar player who toured the west coast during the Great Depression. Both of their family heirlooms, the1890's S. S. Stewart banjo and a 1930's Kalamazoo guitar, are now in his possession.
Despite his Americana heritage, Marcel began taking drum lessons at the age of eleven from jazz great, Mel Zelnick. Mel spent his life playing with great musicians such as Patti Page, Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, Les Brown, Ray Charles, Mel Torme, and Stan Getz. Marcel was one of the youngest students Mel ever taught and was therefore frequently showcased.
Marcel began experimenting with other instruments when his older brother left for college. His brother was known in the family as the "guitar player" but didn't want to take the family's heirloom Kalamazoo to school with him. Eventually Marcel picked up the guitar, and by the end of his older brothers first year in college, Marcel had surpassed him in skill. At age fourteen, Marcel's parents noticed the passion and raw talent in his skills, and bought him his first Martin guitar.
Marcel discovered his passion for bluegrass in 2011 and has since pursued the music intently. He leads Jackalope (formerly David's Drinking Band), hosts an exclusive bluegrass jam with some of the most talented bluegrass musicians in town, just finished recording a solo album titled Something Old, Something New and now gives private guitar lessons from his home as well as giving free lessons at Lessons With Marcel.
From his birth, Nakos was often around music and musicians thanks to his folksinger dad. He developed a vague interest his father's 4-string mountain dulcimer at a very young age, and by age 12 he had learned to play a few tunes. However, he was becoming bored with the simple instrument, and began to play less and less.
The next year, a family vacation to a lake in Idaho changed everything. On a beautiful lazy summer's day on the beach, for no good reason, Nakos placed a spoon on the lowest string of the dulcimer and discovered that it changed the note. He excitedly spent the rest of the day experimenting and practicing - despite his musical upbringing, Nakos had never learned what slide guitar was.
The spoon was quickly replaced with his father's flashlight, and soon after, a 5/8" deep socket wrench that was his tool of choice for far longer than it probably should have been. The slide technique fascinated Nakos. He started practicing every day and, after realizing slide was not exactly new, listening to every slide guitar recording he could find. After much practice and playing the blues, he tried playing "real" slide on a guitar, and never went back. A few months later he had his 15th birthday, and received a Gibson Hound Dog Deluxe Dobro that he still plays.
Since he received a Dobro, Nakos' intense musical curiosity has lead him to Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Irish Traditional, Country and more. Having also been a teenager, he's had brushes with Rock, Pop, and even Thrash Metal. Because of his versatility, he's ended up in many interesting performing situations.
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