Newgrass Art-Rock with a slice of pie

Enjoy a delicious slice of pie while listening to an enjoyable mix of bluegrass, jazz and world fusion. On Sunday, Feb. 20, The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will perform at Siloa
Lutheran Church with music influenced by jazz, rock, bluegrass and
classical music.

Rachel Kytonen
rachel.kytonen@ecm-inc.com

Enjoy a delicious slice of pie while listening to an enjoyable mix of bluegrass, jazz and world fusion.

On Sunday, Feb. 20, The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will perform at Siloa Lutheran Church with music influenced by jazz, rock, bluegrass and classical music.

The concert is part of the 10th Music & Pie Concert Series at Siloa Lutheran. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free, but free will offerings are accepted, with the proceeds going to the performers.

The band has been together for about two and half years, but its musicians have many combined years of experience.

Last year the band had some great gigs including Lake Superior State University’s Performing Arts Center in Sault Ste. Marie.

This year, the band is traveling to New York, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Atlanta and coming back up through Chattanooga, Tenn., through the Midwest and then home.

“We’re just trying to broaden our horizon and go wherever we can,” said fiddler Lisi Wright. “It really helps when we see that the audience is having a good time. That is really a ‘high’ for us, and we enjoy playing our own music.”

The band plays a lot of their own original songs, but also play some Hank Williams, Bob Monroe and Johnny Cash.

“If you like country music, bluegrass or jazz, this show is for you,” said bass player John Wright. “There really is something for everyone with our performance. At the Siloa concert, concert-goers will hear an acoustic set that showcases our bluegrassy instrumentals and bluegrassy cover songs.”

Two of the band’s pieces were performed on A Prairie Home Companion in November of 2008.

The band released their first CD in November 2009 titled “Looking for a Little Strange,” that can be found in most major stores. In February 2010, the band re-released another CD titled, “Songs We Didn’t Write, Vol. 1” which is more of a dance CD.

Lisi noted the band has a CD Release Concert coming up on Saturday, Feb. 26, where the band is releasing an all-instrumental called “All Out of Peaches” and “Songs We Didn’t Write, Vol. 2.” The event will be held at the Loring Theater in Minneapolis, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Meet the band

Guitarist Dan Neale has played with Bo Diddley and Martin Zellar, and is a semi-regular on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

At the age of 25, fiddler Lisi Wright has begun to make a name for herself in the Twin Cities’ music scene, playing with Martin Zellar until his retirement and Mick Sterling. Lisi’s background spans the genres of classical, country, bluegrass and rock.

Bass player John Wright is celebrating his tenth year with the Celtic/American folk/folk-rock band Lehto & Wright. John’s background spans many different musical styles including blues, fusion, pop Latin and rock.

Mark O’Day, drums/percussion, is a graduate of the world renowned Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood California and has studied with many renowned musicians.

To learn more about The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra visit their Web site at www.galacticcowboyorchestra.com or www.newfolkbooking.com.

For more information on the Music & Pie Concert Series, contact organizer Pat Schonhardt at 718-749-6341.

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