2016 MoonGrass - July 30, 2016 @ 11pm
10 years ago all-female string quartet Uncle Earl performed the first-ever "MoonGrass" late-night show in the Wildflower during RockyGrass.
A lot has happened in the ensuing 10 years: the Widlflower has evolved from a tent to the year-round Wildflower Pavilion concert venue (which had to be completely rebuilt after the 2013 Lyons flood); the MoonGrass shows have become a beloved part of Festivarian traditions including some epic performances from Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers, Greensky Bluegrass, and the Hillbenders Present Tommy; and Uncle Earl has earned loyal fans around the world as a trailblazing stringband, who travel far to seek out the band on their special reunion shows (including the 2014 RockyGrass main stage).
The Saturday night of the 44th Annual RockyGrass, we're proud to welcome the g'Earls back to the MoonGrass stage for another late-night barndance throwdown. Put your dancin' shoes on and join us in the Wildflower Pavilion after the Sam Bush Bluegrass Band set on Saturday night beginning at 11pm.
MoonGrass shows are open only to 3-day pass and Saturday single-day ticket holders. No additional tickets are required.
Over the course of many productive years together, Andreassen, Gellert, Groves, and Washburn introduced new audiences to the timeless beauty and limitless potential of traditional American old-time music, while inspiring the explorations of the next generation of roots musicians. A pair of striking releases on eclectic roots music imprint Rounder Records brought their take on stringband music to the pages of such influential outlets as Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and Mojo.
Tireless national touring and a pair of self-released EPs made Uncle Earl a word-of-mouth favorite at festivals and listening rooms, and brought them to the attention of Rounder Records – who released She Waits for Night in 2005. Produced by old-time maverick Dirk Powell, the album consolidated the group's many strengths and helped establish a national following for the group. On the festival circuit they encountered stringband music enthusiast and former Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, who produced the band's widely acclaimed 2007 follow-up, Waterloo, Tennessee. Rolling Stone cited Uncle Earl in its list of "The New Bluegrass: Five Acts to Watch," calling Waterloo "their most ambitious [album] yet, mixing traditional fiddle-powered jams and rich four-part harmonies with countrified covers of classics and old-time hoedowns."
Following the intense touring in support of Waterloo, Tennessee – which took them everywhere from the BBC to Bonnaroo – the individual members resumed their solo pursuits full-time. Groves and Andreassen have occasionally reconvened Uncle Earl with the help of some of the finest female performers in old-time music, and in 2016 the Andreassen/Gellert/Groves/Washburn lineup reunites for a handful of very special performances.