Sean Patrick and the Newgrass Revolution Bring New Take on Bluegrass to Sherlock's
On Aug. 21, you'll smell a revolution in the air on State Street.
It's been decades since Appalachian, country-leaning string music got the name "bluegrass," derived from Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys after they were founded in 1939. Eventually, the name stuck and applies to the rootsy style even today. However, sometimes even traditional favorites can get a makeover.
That's where Sean Patrick and the Newgrass Revolution, who will be performing at Sherlock's on Thursday, Aug. 21, come into play, with emphasis on the Newgrass. What exactly is Newgrass? Well, other than a fancy portmanteau of "new" and "bluegrass," the local quartet's Facebook page defines the term as "a collision of rock structure, alternative lyrical concepts, and bluegrass instrumentation." In other words, meet the Newgrass, a bit different than the bluegrass.
Not convinced? Well, check them out for yourself when Sean Patrick and the Newgrass Revolution play at Sherlock's to show off their own particular brand of Appalachian tradition with songs like the heartfelt "Surrounded by Pines." The Blue Grass Boys may have started the tradition decades back, but the Revolution is on in Northwest Pennsylvania. – Alex Bieler
9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 // 508 State St. // facebook.com/sherlocksparkplace