Join us for another exciting Vashon debut as Kristen Grainger & True North take the stage here at Open Space for Arts & Community!
Americana quartet Kristen Grainger & True North is emerging as a Pacific Northwest powerhouse of intelligent, memorable songs, lush instrumental and vocal performances, with the crazy-good picking and harmonies of a band deeply rooted in traditional folk and bluegrass genres.
Fronted by award-winning singer-songwriters Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel, True North is rounded out with two Pacific Northwest bluegrass superstars Martin Stevens and Josh Adkins. Grainger is making a name for herself in songcraft, collecting accolades and awards at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival, IMEA, Telluride, Merlefest, and Kerrville songwriting competitions.
The band’s newest project, Open Road, Broken Heart, after receiving great reviews, debuted at number 1 on the Folk DJ Charts for national radio airplay and has continued to stay in the top fifteen for the past six months on the Roots Music Report. Their 2014 release, Elsebound, spent 25 weeks on the Roots Music Report’s top ten (national folk charts) and was the number 7 folk album of the year.
On stage, True North exemplifies the most compelling aspects of live acoustic roots music: Storied songwriting, mad instrumental skills, and vocals that alternately bring you to tears or raise ecstatic hairs on the back of your neck.
Saturday, September 14th at 7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm)
$17 Advance General
$30 Table Seats
$23 Day of Show General (Tickets available online day of & at the door)
Youth (18 & under) are free
Kristen Grainger, (vocals) is the voice of True North, quickly earning an international reputation as a crafter of great songs. Winner of this year’s performing songwriter contest at Wildflower! Art and Music Festival (TX), her songwriting has received recognition at several of the nation’s most prestigious songwriting competitions: Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), and Merlefest (NC). Her song Be Here Now was named Song of the Year, folk category, at the 2015 IMEA Awards. Mountain Boy, which she co-wrote with Dan Wetzel, was featured on the European World Bluegrass Festival’s compilation album. The duo’s song “Hard Place to Suffer (And That Really Gets Me Down)” won the 2010 Wintergrass song contest.
Dan Wetzel, (guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, ukulele, mountain banjo, vocals) provides direction and leadership for True North. He has earned considerable recognition as a singer-songwriter, having toured nationally as a solo artist after winning a national songwriting contest. His superb instrumental skills — guitar, both flat-pick and finger-style, and mandolin — give True North’s songs their driving groove. Dan’s talents are frequently tapped by other artists and bands for recording projects and live performances.
Martin Stevens (mandolin, fiddle, octave mandolin, vocals) grew up in the Old Time Fiddlers contest community, winning several state and regional championships during his childhood. Martin’s first two bluegrass groups, Athena and the River City Boys and Molly Adkins and Martin Stevens, performed for several years at bluegrass festivals in the Pacific Northwest. Martin was one of the founders of the Bluegrass Regulators, who have gone on to release two albums and have performed all over the country, most notably as one of the IBMA showcase artists in 2011. Off stage, Martin spends his time as a 3rd grade teacher in Washington.
Josh Adkins (upright bass, vocals) cut his teeth with northwest-based group The Bluegrass Regulators. With a solid groove and an attentive approach, he often finds the missing piece to showcase an arrangement.