Jon Stickley Trio to bring “jazzgrass” to the Rives tonight

5 Mar


Despite the snow, fans of both jazz and bluegrass should be in for a treat tonight when the Jon Stickley Trio (JS3) performs as part of the Live at the Rives concert series.

In a recent album review, a writer for Bold Life Magazine noted that JS3’s “arrangements are superb and fresh, and give someone like Bela Fleck a real run for his money.”

The trio, which features Stickley on guitar, Lyndsay Pruett on fiddle and Patrick Armitage on drums, exhibits world-class musicianship while offering a unique mix of bluegrass, jazz and jamband styles.

Based in Asheville, N.C., JS3 has been on a steady climb in popularity since forming less than three years ago. They are coming off a two-week run through Colorado that featured roughly a dozen shows in 10 cities, and they’re preparing for their first ever Merlefest appearance this April. In the past 13 months, the band has performed at Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Mountain Song at Sea festival cruise and Suwannee (Fla.) Springfest, among others. In the same span, they’ve also opened for Leftover Salmon, the Infamous Stringdusters and rock hall of famer Leon Russell.

“There aren’t a lot of vocals with the Jon Stickley Trio, but the musicianship is off the charts,” said ART President Dean Johnston. “If you liked past Rives shows such as Stephane Wrembel or cello player Dave Eggar, you will really enjoy this show. It’s part bluegrass, part jazz, part rock.”

Stickley grew up in Durham, N.C., performing in youth choirs as a youngster before learning the drums and playing in punk rock bands. In high school, he discovered bluegrass and soon became enamored by Tony Rice’s guitar playing.

He spent the next decade or so developing a flat-picking style and speed that rivals that of Rice, performing in bands such as Town Mountain, the Shannon Whitworth Band and the Biscuit Burners.

Tickets sold tonight at the doors of the theatre will cost $10 each.

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