The live@5005 concert series at Genesis Theatre continues when Vancouver bluegrass/ country band Late Thaw rolls into town next Friday.
"We are looking forward to playing at the Genesis.
We have been playing around Vancouver as well as several B.C. tours and have not as yet crossed the Muddy Fraser," says Kate Main, who plays upright bass, in an e-mail to the Optimist. "Time to visit the neighbours!"
Main heads the band along with fellow singer/ songwriter Warren Murfitt.
They started performing together in 2006 at an event called the Salo(o)n, a house concert where artists and musicians could perform original material. They eventually ended up with enough material to record their first album together in 2009, Nineteen56.
The group began with a lot of standard bluegrass and country along the lines of Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Doc Watson, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt. Their writing styles have remained steeped in their country and bluegrass roots while Main has brought a little blues into the mix.
The band is currently working on a follow up album and has developed "a great new acoustic sound" with stand up bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo and three-part harmonies.
The current band lineup consists of Bruce Clausen (mandolin), Chris Murphy (banjo), Murfitt (acoustic guitar) and Main (upright bass). They all sing. Simon Kendall (piano and accordion) will make a guest appearance for the upcoming show in Ladner.
The live@5005 series began last month with singer and actress Sibel Thrasher. The monthly series, which is aimed at building a bigger patron base for the theatre as well as promoting the performing arts in the community with local B.C. acts, will take a break during the summer. It's slated to return in September.
Late Thaw performs at the Genesis Theatre on Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 at the door. For more on the series visit genesistheatre.ca. Genesis Theatre is located at 500545th Ave., Ladner.