Run Boy Run, a young five-piece band from Arizona, is coming to town to play traditional and new traditional music in their fresh “string-heavy, old-timey, not-quite-bluegrassy way” at the Oswego’s Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5.
Run Boy Run is officially listed as one of Arizona’s hottest bands. On its current tour, the band is crossing the country to perform in cities the like Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York and Baltimore.
All in their 20s, the members of Run Boy Run still consider themselves a Tucson band, because they began playing together there in 2009, when the five were students at the University of Arizona.
They got their start, playing open-mics and wherever else they could get gigs. Mere weeks after forming, Run Boy Run won the band contest at Pickin’ in the Pines.
Soon they got a special appearance at the Tellerude Bluegrass Festival in 2012 and two appearances on National Public Radio‘s A Prairie Home Companion. Run Boy Run has been making friends and fans alike ever since with their open-ended musical approach and wonderful stage presence.
Their debut CD, So Sang the Whippoorwill, was released in March 2013 to regional and national critical acclaim.
Garrison Keillor, host of Prairie Home Companion was so impressed with Run Boy Run, that he penned the notes for their debut CD.
“When I hear Run Boy Run,” he wrote, “it all comes back to me, why I started doing that [radio] show back then. I hope they go on forever.”
The band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (guitar and two-time Arizona state fiddle contest winner) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals); sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals); and bass player Jesse Allen.
Comfortable in the tension between tradition and the current musical frontier, Run Boy Run‘s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and jazz.
Their music is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, but is also definitively present in the 21st century. Run Boy Run plays a mix of original compositions, cover songs, and traditional tunes attributed to the public domain.
Learn more the band’s luminous harmonies at http://www.runboyrunband.com/, and then come and see for yourself how Run Boy Run warms up the stage at the Oswego Music Hall on April 5.
The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.
Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission. Ticket prices for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.
The Music Hall’s next concert, April 19th, will feature “Percussion Wizard” Jeff Haynes & Co., including NYC guitarist Sean Harkness.
The Music Hall has been run entirely by volunteers from its inception more than 36 years ago. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through different tasks.
Music Hall concerts are made possible in part with funding by the state Council on the Arts.
For more information call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall website: http://oswegomusichall.org/