Big Country & Bluegrass Show w/ The Grassholes, the Potato Pickers, and Dark Hollow Bottling Company | Arts & Culture

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Big Country & Bluegrass Show w/ The Grassholes, the Potato Pickers, and Dark Hollow Bottling Company

Friday, March 18th
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street
Portland, Maine

Doors 7:30 show at 8pm
Tix $10 at the door

The Potato Pickers
Dark Hollow Bottling Co.
The Grassholes

On March 18th at 8 pm Mayo Street Arts presents Big Country and Bluegrass Show with The Grassholes, the Potato Pickers, and Dark Hollow Bottling Company.  The show features three Portland area country and bluegrass bands ranging from old time country to slam-grass.

The Big Country and Bluegrass Show is part of the ongoing Performing Arts and Culture Series (PACS) at Mayo Street Arts. The series highlights cultural diversity of Maine musicians, typically with an emphasis on world music. "Country and Bluegrass is the music a lot of us grew up with", says MSA director Blainor McGough, "This show is chance for us to highlight local talent. Besides, we're all sick of winter so we reckon these boys and girls are gonna melt the ice and snow right off the roof with plenty of hot leads and smokin' tunes."
The Grassholes return to live performance with this show at Mayo Street Arts after a nine-month hiatus necessary to replace fiddler Laura Jumper (nursing school - boo to real jobs) and mandolin player Seth Doyle (now with the Tricky Britches - no hard feelings - they kick ass). Joining long-time Grassholes Sam Pfeifle (guitar), Field Rider (banjo) and Dan Pierce (double-bass) are Heather Kahill, fiddler with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and formerly of Jacob and House of Fire, and mandolinist Jake Henry, who recently moved to Maine from Wisconsin, where he played with the New North String Band. No worries, though. The Grassholes continue to play old-school, five-piece slam-grass, all around one mic and with plenty of vocal harmonies and hot leads. Listen in at

Dark Hollow Bottling Company is a string band based in Portland Maine where they have been concocting tunes since 2002.  Their Debut album, Gone Gone Gone, came out in February 2010 and the boys have been up and down the good state of Maine supporting it ever since.  Some shows of note; DHBC headlined the second stage at the Arootsacoostic Music Festival in New Sweden Maine in August 2010, and played the Taste of Brunswick Festival in June 2010, and played four nights at the Biathlon World Championships in February 2011.  DHBC is one of 13 bands featured on a TV show called the Acadia Sessions that aired on Maine and New Hampshire Public Television.  DHBC is currently working on their second album which will be out in 2012.

The Potato Pickers are a are the saltiest old time country band this side of the Mississippi. Headed up by singer and sailor Jeff Aumuller who lives on his sailboat on Custom House Wharf. The band plays all originals, mostly country, some bluegrass.

Mayo Street Arts is located at 10 Mayo Street (off Cumberland Ave) in East Bayside.

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