MerleFest on the Road with The Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May
Live @ Red Clay Music Foundry Wednesday February 28th, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Doors open 6:30 PM
Ticket sales ended Feb 28, 2018 5:30 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
General Admission
Advanced: $20 (day of show: $25)
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw in listeners with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just over a year, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following across the country, earning Deli Magazine's Readers Choice title of “Chicago’s Best Emerging Artist, 2014.” Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” - free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band’s debut EP, "Path to Follow” and their brand new live EP, “Wellspring” (to release on 5/20/15) are available wherever music is sold. The band’s first full-length album is due to release in the Fall of 2015.
Austin Thompson - guitar, lead & harmony vocals as well as percussion in the studio. Austin studied music at the collegiate level where he grew as a musician. Austin finds much inspiration for his lyrics in the beauty of nature and his love for hiking. He adds his unique musical influences of rock, folk and the spoken word to the music he writes and performs.

Collin Krause - just 18 years old, Collin plays mandolin, fiddle and sings lead and harmony vocals for the band. Collin became involved in music when he began taking classical violin at the age of 3. Growing up around traditional roots & bluegrass music had a big influence on him. Meeting his older half-brother, Ben (also in the band) for the first time at the age of 12 was a pretty cool moment for Collin, especially when he discovered that Ben, who grew up in an entirely different home, was also a folk music enthusiast and full-time musician. Collin enjoys writing, co-writing and arranging music for the band.

Benjamin Montalbano - Banjo, lead and harmony vocals. Ben, Collins half brother, is an award winning composer whose music seeks to reinvigorate the American music culture. In the spring of 2011, Montalbano was recognized as a finalist by the prestigious ASCAP Composers' Competition. Bens music education allows him to influence the bands music with his sense of form and composition.

John Merikoski- Drums, Percussion. John has been playing drums since age nine and is featured on dozens of recordings, ranging from Jazz and Metal to Hip-hop and Bluegrass. In 2012 he was awarded a full ride scholarship to study Jazz performance for drum set at the University of Illinois. He is currently finishing up his degree and performs frequently in a wide variety of musical projects.

John Williams - Upright bass. John is a former classical upright bass performance major who also enjoys singing, song-writing and entertaining a crowd. more >>>
Johnson City's The Barefoot Movement have been making waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album Footwork.

2013 brings the release of a new album, cross country touring, and all manners of shoeless excitement. Their new effort, "Figures of the Year", comes on the heels of their west coast tour, opening for Anti Records artists The Milk Carton Kids from Denver to San Francisco to Vancouver. The record itself is a journey through a year, each song telling its part of the larger story, with both original and traditional numbers, complete with all the elements that make up the Barefoot sound: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies.

From the foot-tapping instrumental "Sheepherder" to the emotional ballad "Thunder" and everything in between, these roots music newcomers have assembled quite the collection here, both old songs and new, offering something for everyone. more >>>
May started performing seriously in his teens, immersed in and part of the ‘60’s Folk Revival in New York’s Greenwich Village. Making a name for himself there as an up-and-coming old-time musician and songwriter, and later in New England as a folkrock
original, May’s reputation has grown to include his extensive work as an educator.

"(Andy May’s) distinct style of writing and performing–
with a mixture of warmth, sensitivity and good nature–
bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary
American music with purity and exuberance."
–David Sokol, WRSI more >>>
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