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SOLD OUT - PopGrass Fest at Union Craft Brewing

Update: This show is now SOLD OUT! If you don't have tickets, you can still tune in - the live broadcast starts at 10 a.m. on Jan. 11! 

Kids love bluegrass, and parents love pop music. So why not combine the two?

WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes is excited to announce our first ever PopGrass Fest on Jan. 11, featuring original bluegrass songs and bluegrass covers of pop songs from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s from Baltimore’s own Dirty Grass Players and the Honey Dewdrops.

This lineup was curated with help from our good friends at the Charm City Bluegrass Festival.

It’s also our first family concert at Union Craft Brewing, 1700 W. 41st St. in Baltimore.

Both bands will play a mix of half original bluegrass songs and half pop covers. Which pop songs? That’s a surprise — for now.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the music starts at 10 a.m. and runs for about an hour, so you can be home in time for lunch and naptime.

About the bands

Hailing from Baltimore, the Dirty Grass Players have established themselves with one toe-tappin’ foot in traditional bluegrass and blazing musicianship that pushes boundaries. Comprised of Mikey Sallemi on Bass, Alex Berman on Banjo, Ben Kolakowski with the guitar, and Ryan Rogers on mandolin, this four piece is successfully bringing their growing fan base a down, dirty and heated performance. Their ability to seamlessly transition from down home bluegrass to spirited improvisation makes each performance unique. Throw in some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock and you’ll quickly understand what they mean by Dirty Grass.

Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops – Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish – have long felt the push-and-pull between their original roots in the Appalachian mountains and their current home in urban Baltimore. You’ll hear it in their harmony soaked songs and the mastery of their instruments’ acoustic tones, but also in their songwriting, which reflects the hard realities of today. With their fifth independent release, Anyone Can See out on March 1st, 2019, they have primed the creative energy so prevalent on their previous releases. Each song sparkles with focused intensity, and, with their new album, the duo show that they’re growing rapidly as artists, enthusiastically exchanging an impossible quest for perfection for the compelling ebbs and flows that accompany an intimate, authentic kind of expression.

Illustration by the Baltimore artist and children’s book author Kevin Sherry

Saturday, January 11 at 9:30am to 11:00am

Union Craft Brewing
1700 Union Ave. Baltimore MD 21211




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