The Grasstronauts are returning to obriens for a special Batavia release show of their new EP “Intergalactic Freedom Fighter!” Joining them for this event are friends, The River Valley Rangers!
“The Grasstronauts may not sound like your granddad’s bluegrass, but these guys know what they’re doing with the banjo, guitar, bass, and mandolin.” – Gary Schwind: Incognito Magazine
The Grasstronauts have never fit neatly into one specific genre. While bluegrass may be the basis, it’s clear their sound is anything but traditional. Blending elements of bluegrass, rock, jazz and a number of other influences they bring a high energy sound of their own.
Armed with guitar, banjo, mandolin and bull fiddle, The Grasstronauts create a powerful sound that is constantly evolving. “We’re always trying to work new things into our sets,” says guitarist Lee Syrjanen. “There are songs that have evolved quite a bit since the first time we played them.”
Based out of Chicago, The Grasstronauts have been fortunate enough to play various music festivals, clubs and bars. Their unique sound draws people in quickly and engages them until the very last note. With each member having different backgrounds, The Grasstronauts are able to bend genres and provide an experience unlike any other.
“We’ve always done things differently,” says Syrjanen. “We’ve had good luck that people have enjoyed what we’ve done so far. There are certainly new and exciting things on the horizon.”
The River Valley Rangers (RVR) love to eat cornbread, cook high-quality food, cultivate high-quality plants, drink whiskey, and host barn-stomping parties so crazy even the chickens shit themselves!