PADUCAH, KY (02/23/2018) East St. Louis string bluegrass band Old Salt Union is set to play a Backstage Pass at West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Clemens Fine Arts Center March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The theatre's Backstage Pass series features local and regional artists in a listening-room, intimate concert setting on the Clemens stage and the audience will get an entertaining, up close and personal show from Old Salt Union March 3. The Illinois band's unique music is said to be a collision of styles and musical vocabularies that showcases their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch.
Founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen, Old Salt Union established themselves as a growing festival act with performances at LouFest, Stagecoach Festival, Bluegrass Underground, Winter Wondergrass, Freshgrass, Wakarusa, Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Festival, and the 2014 Daytona 500. Their breakout track on Spotify, "Madam Plum" seemed to amplify awareness of the band beyond the bluegrass bubble.
In 2015, the group won the FreshGrass Band contest and found the perfect collaborator in Compass Records co-founder and GRAMMY winning banjoist and composer, Alison Brown, whose attention to detail and high standards pushed the group to develop their influences from beyond a vocabulary to pull from during improvisation and into the foundation of something truly compelling in the roots music landscape.
Old Salt Union has also made several appearances in the west Kentucky region, including appearing on the Music at MAC series and being featured on WKMS.
Tickets for the show are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door. Students can receive a reduced rate of $5 with student ID. To purchase tickets and stay up to date on all Clemens Fine Arts Center events visit artsinfocus.org or call the box office at 270-534-3212.
West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has been recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 10 Community College four times awarded by the Aspen Institute and has twice been named a Finalist with Distinction for providing students with strong job training and continuing higher education opportunity, for achieving high completion and transfer rates, and for providing strong employment results for its graduates.