|Genres||Americana / Alt Country, Folk|
|Band Members||Suzy Oleson (mandolin); Maggie MacKay (banjo); Alex Muri (bass); Mike Reese (guitar); Danny Musher (fiddle); and sometimes Trent Freeman (fiddle)|
|# Years Experience Performing Live:||6|
|# Live Perfomances Past Six-months:||25|
|Market Draw:||Home Market: 31-50; Festival: 800+|
|Venue History:||Laurie Blue Bluegrass Festival - Summerside, CA:PE; Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA; The Music Barn - Middle Sackville, CA:PE; Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe - Austin, TX; Threadgills - Austin, TX; Fiddler's Green Music Shop - Austin, TX; GREY FOX Bluegrass Festival - Oak Hill, NY; IBMA Fanfest & Business Convention - Nashville, TN; IBMA World of Bluegrass - Nashville, TN; All Asia Bar - Cambridge, MA; Botticelli's - Austin, TX; Cafe Luna - Cambridge, MA; Joe Val Bluegrass Festival - Framingham, MA; Flatland Bluegrass Barn - West College Corner, IN; Cantab Lounge - Cambridge, MA; Opal Divine's - Austin, TX; Podunk Bluegrass Festival - East Hartford, CT; The Firebox Restaurant - Hartford, CT; Cafe 939 @ Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA; Saxon Pub - Austin, TX; Poodies Hilltop - Spicewood, Tx; Salt Lick Pavilion - Driftwood, TX; Momo's Club - Austin, TX; Ossipee Valley Music Festival - Hiram, ME; Old Orchard Inn - Wolfville, NS; Middle East Downstairs - Boston, MA|
|Opener Experience:||Bob Schneider; Jon Dee Graham; Baker Thomas Band; Hey Mama; Girls, Guns & Glory; Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution; Ray Bonneville|
|Similar Artists:||Lonesome River Band; Crooked Still; Uncle Earl; Bob Wills; The Infamous Stringdusters; Gillian Welch; The Greencards; Tim O'Brien; Hot Rize; Patty Griffin; Robert Plant & the Band of Joy; The Wood Brothers|
|Performing Rights Society:||BMI|
|Discography:||Chasing Blue LP—2011; Chasing Blue EP EP—2010|
Members of Chasing Blue met in a Berklee College of Music bluegrass ensemble in the fall of 2008. After a successful end-of-semester-performance, appearing as “Slim Wallet and the No Dough Boys,” the band decided to change names and continue picking together. Now graduated, Chasing Blue continues to play an energetic mix of original and traditional material with unique arrangements and foot-stomping style.
These amazing musicians were tapped to headline the Laurie Blue Bluegrass Festival in (Summerside, PEI, Canada) were also a main stage artist for Worcester, MA’s stART on the Street Festival. They were showcased at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fan Fest for three years. Plus, the band made the finals in the 2013 Freshgrass Festival (MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA).
They have played the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival (Framingham, MA), Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (Oak Hill, NY), Lyons Fiddle Fest (Lyons, PA), Down East Country Fest (Whitneyville, ME), Pocono Winterfest (Stroudsburg, PA), Podunk Music Festival (East Hartford, CT), Bluegrass on the Bogs Festival (Wareham, MA), Ossipee Valley Music Festival (S. Hiram, ME). Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival (Saddleback, ME), SouthField Fall Festival (Weymouth, MA), American Music and Harvest Festival (Newbury, MA), Strawberry Festival (South Hamilton, MA), Highfield Hall Bluegrass Festival (Falmouth, MA), RondeauFest (Long Lake, NY), Traveling Man Bluegrass Festival (Tappan, NY), and the Mountain View Bluegrass Festival (Mountain View, AR).
In addition to festivals, Chasing Blue has played numerous venues such as the Station Inn, Mad Donna's Music Loft, and the Nashville Convention Center (Nashville, TN), Saxon Pub, Continental Club, Threadgill’s, Scoot Inn, Opal Divine's, Lambert's, Botticelli's, MOMO's, Fiddler's Green, and Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe (Austin, TX), Salt Lick (Driftwood, TX), Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse (Spicewood, TX), the Cantab Lounge, Club Passim, Lizard Lounge, Oberon, All Asia, and Toad (Cambridge MA), the Church and Middle East Downstairs (Boston, MA), Grumpy's Pub (Falmouth, MA), Museum of our National Heritage (Lexington, MA), Athol/Orange Elks Hall (Orange, MA), Thirty-One Main (Ayer, MA), Nick-a-Nees Bluegrass Throwdown and Lola's (Providence, RI), the Firebox (Hartford, CT), Johnny D's and Sally O'Brien's (Somerville, MA), Blue Moon Coffeehouse (Rockland, MA), Empire Dine & Dance (Portland, ME), Isis Restaurant and Music Hall (Asheville, NC). Pickin' Porch (Bristol, TN), Plain Folk Cafe (Pleasant Plain, OH), Miami Hamilton Downtown (Hamilton, OH), Flatland Bluegrass Barn (West College Corner, IN), the Purple Fiddle (Thomas, WV), and the Music Barn (Middle Sackville, PEI, Canada).
Chasing Blue often uses a traditional bluegrass setup for our five-piece band, playing around a single mic, but individual mics work great too. Our set is acoustic with vocals. Be forewarned – one voice can get as loud as a Howitzer cannon.
Weddings, Large Stages (Low crowd noise): Single large diaphragm condenser (e.g. Shure KSM-32) in center. Two small diaphragm condensers (e.g. Shure SM-137) to either side for fiddle and banjo. Bass uses a DI.
Smaller Rooms (Loud Bars/Clubs): Three SM-58’s for vocals, four SM-57’s for instruments. Bass uses a DI.
Two monitors positioned around the center microphone are preferred but one will suffice.
We can provide microphones, if necessary.
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Most professional musicians get their education in the school of life, or like Jack Kerouac, "on the road." The members of Chasing Blue, a new bluegrass band based in...