As the full moon ushers in summers warm nights, we take a few days to reflect on the long and winding road. Our journey thus far has been one of exciting adventures and musical explorations. We've met amazing people, shared the stage with incredible musicians, and seen parts of the country we never would have experienced had we not embarked on this path. A path of never-ending twists and turns, drops and climbs, and unknown forces which have led us to our next adventure. We are excited to announce that in July we will be opening for the Wood Brothers in Charlotte as well as providing support for legendary bluegrass band Hot Rize in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado!!!
We are so excited to be busier than ever this summer, here is our upcoming schedule:
June 23rd - Smiley's Acoustic Cafe in Greenville, SC @ 6pm
June 24th - Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC @ 5pm
June 25th - Jessup Mill in Westfield, NC @ 6pm
June 29th - Ben's Tune Up in Asheville, NC @ 6pm
July 1st - Boyd's Jig and Reel in Knoxville, TN @ 8pm
July 2nd - Wolf Hills Brewery in Abingdon, VA @ 8pm
July 3rd - US Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC @ 4pm w/Wood Brothers and the Congress
July 4th - 4th of July Celebration at the State Capitol in Raleigh, NC @ 8pm
July 6th - Belcourt Taps in Nashville, TN @ 8pm
July 7th - Cooper's Landing in Columbia, MO @ 7pm
July 8th - Westport Saloon in Kansas City, MO @ 8pm
July 9th - Central Standard Brewing in Wichita, KS @ 6pm
July 13th - Justice Snows in Aspen, CO @ 8pm
July 15th - Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs, CO @ 8pm
July 16th - Howelson Hill Ski Area in Steamboat Springs, CO @ 6pm w/Hot Rize
July 16th - Hahn's Peak Roadhouse in Hahn's Peak, CO @ 9pm
July 18th - Appaloosa Grill in Denver, CO @ 8pm
July 20th - Still Cellars in Longmont, CO @ 8pm
July 21st - Stem Ciders in Denver, CO @ 7pm
July 22nd - The Lazy Dog in Boulder, CO @ 8pm w/Caribou Mountain Collective
July 23rd - Equinox Brewing in Fort Collins, CO @ 6pm
July 24th - Oskar Blues Grill and Brew in Lyons, CO @ 4pm
For additional dates click "TOUR" at the top of this page!
But wait, there's more! Back in February, as winter's chilly winds blanketed the east coast with freezing temperatures, we made a little video at a house party in Raleigh, NC. With the help of Sofar sounds, we are excited to share a video of us performing our original tune, "Revelations." Enjoy!!
Thanks for following along with us as we journey throughout the land playing bluegrass, sharing stories, and spreading positive vibrations. We hope to see all our friends near and far in the coming months and hope that everyone has a safe and peaceful summer!!
It’s been a month since we ventured up to Wilkesboro, NC to be a part of one of the most exciting bluegrass festivals in the world, Merlefest. A wonderful music festival dedicated to the memory of legendary guitarist Doc Watson and his son Merle, Merlefest is known for bringing high caliber musicians and performers to the mountains of North Carolina year after year. Fireside Collective had the honor of being invited to Merlefest to compete in an invite only band competition featuring up and coming bands from around the country.
Early in the day Saturday, the band competition began as we anxiously awaited our turn to perform. After some great performances, the time came for us to take the stage and we performed 4 original songs for a crowd that continued to grow bigger. By the end, we felt pretty good, and apparentally the crowd was feeling good as well as they rose to their feet and gave our short little set a standing ovation. All we had to do now was wait...
After a few hours and some more amazing performances by the other bands in the competition, the time finally came to announce the winners. We sat there waiting to see who would be rushed over to the Watson stage for a 30 minute main stage performance. And then we heard it… "winners of the 2016 Merlefest band competition, Fireside Collective!!!" Shortly after the announcement, we were approached by the judges who told us it was a unanimous decision and congratulated us on our performance. Before it could really set in, we were rushed to the mainstage for a quick soundcheck and then a performance on the same stage so many great musicians have stood upon. After our set, we celebrated to the sounds of the Kruger Brothers, the Wood Brothers, Sam Bush Band, and the David Rawlings Machine, all of whom happen to be major influences on our music. We'd like to give a major shoutout to all of the Merlefest organizers and to all of our friends and fans who cheered us on and gave us encouragement!
We are now more excited than ever to share our busiest tour schedule to date with you all! We will begin our tour by traveling throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia in June. In July, we will find ourselves once again traveling to the magical state of Colorado. After that, we will make our first trip to the Northeast with performances in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey!
Here is a look at the first leg of our tour, for additional dates click on "tour" at the top of this page:
June 3rd - Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City, NC @ 8pm
June 4th - Yee-Haw Brewing in Johnson City, TN @ 8pm
June 8th - Mike Dianna's Grill Room in Corolla, NC @ 6pm w/Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
June 9th - Roadside Bar & Grill in Duck, NC @ 8pm
June 10th - Beer Garden in Corolla, NC @ 7pm
June 11th - Trio Wine Bar in Kitty Hawk, NC @ 7:45pm
June 14th - Raleigh Times in Raleigh, NC @ 7:30
June 15th - Foothills Brewpub in Winston-Salem, NC @ 8pm
June 16th - Jack of the Wood in Asheville, NC @ 7pm
June 17th - Palmetto Brewery in Charleston, SC @ 6pm
June 18th - Morgan Creek Grill in Isle of Palms, SC @ 5pm
June 19th - Palmetto Dunes Resort in Hilton Head, SC @ 6pm
June 23rd - Smiley's Acoustic Cafe in Greenville, SC @ 6pm
June 24th - Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC @ 5
June 25th - Jessup Mill in Westfield, NC @ 6
June 29th - Ben's Tune Up in Asheville, NC @ 6
Keep an eye out for our brand new tour poster designed by Kyra Platt at Aulani Design Lab!
We are so thrilled to be traveling so much this summer and can't wait to see all of our friends near and far! Thanks again to everyone who has encouraged us along the way!
Winners of 2016 Merlefest Band Competition!!
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