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RIVER BEND IS A TRADITIONAL 5 PIECE BLUEGRASS BAND CONSISTING OF ORIGINAL MUSIC AS WELL AS CLASSIC BLUEGRASS STANDARDS AND BLUEGRASS RARITIES.
Formed in 2015 in the heart of the Midwest, River Bend is a Traditional Bluegrass band that is dedicated to the performance and preservation of the "High-Lonesome Sound". With soaring tenor harmonies, driving instrumentation, and the classic bluegrass sound, this group recalls the voices of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Vern Williams, Red Allen and more. If you are seeking an authentic " true grass" experience that reflects a simpler life, River Bend is the group for you. Contact them now for your next theater, festival, or private event.
Greg Silsby- Guitar, Lead Vocals
Andy Novara- Mandolin, Baritone Vocals
Mark Vaccaro- Fiddle
Kris Shewmake- Banjo
Will Miskall- Bass, Tenor Vocals
A sampling of River Bend's past shows
1. The Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO (with Sierra Hull & The Del McCoury Band)
2. Niles Bluegrass Festival, Nile, MI (with Audie Blaylock & Redline)
3. Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL (Headliner)
5. Edwardsville Arts in the Park Series, Edwardsville, IL (Headliner)
6. Cafe Mustache, Chicago, IL (with the Wandering Boys)
River Bend is looking to play regional festivals, theaters, house concerts, listening room clubs, and special events in the Midwest and throughout the US. River Bend is available to perform Thursday through Sunday and select weekdays.
Band Following and Promotion:
River Bend's general draw is between 150-200 in the Midwestern Regional area (Missouri, Illinois, Indiana). While being a newer band on the scene, we have drawn immediate attention by sharing the stage with members of the Del McCoury Band, Cody Kilby, Bobby Hicks and others. Three members (Dustin Greer, Andy Novara, and program coordinator Matt McGibany), also promote bluegrass in the St. Louis region through teaching at the St. Louis Folk School, which is a KDHX affiliated organization. KDHX is a listener supported radio that features many bluegrass and country radio programs, which offers many opportunities for on air promotion of our upcoming events.
River Bend is a traditional 5 piece bluegrass band that can provide their own sound as needed, but please note: we always provide our own microphones (and often a sound engineer) which includes:
Ear Trumpet Louise-- 1-2 center stage, main vocals
Ear Trumpet Edwina-- 2 left and right wings, fiddle and banjo
Sure PG 81-- center guitar mic
Sure SM 81-- center left mandolin mic
Stage Plot Sound Engineers click here
Photos/Media Click here for photos of the band, videos, and news coverage
Music For a few clips of our sound click here. We're in the process of recording our first album.