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Take 10: Grass It Up and get into that Colorado Springs bluegrass state of mind

August 9, 2017 Updated: August 11, 2017 at 3:58 pm
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photo - Grass It Up members pose for a photo shot by Jeff Kearney
Grass It Up members pose for a photo shot by Jeff Kearney  

What's your first thought when you hear the name of the band Grass It Up? If it's what I think popped up into your head, then you would be wrong. Grass It Up is Friday, August 11th's live Take 10 featured performer on our Gazette News Facebook platform during the noon hour - and their name has nothing to do with marijuana. Grass It Up celebrates bluegrass music and how it can integrate into different musical styles.

Grass It Up's Jon Bross says this upbeat group of five resonates with their audience in so many different ways.

The musical aspect of their "cool" factor, according to Bross, is that Grass It Up also uses tunes from greats like Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix and tosses in their unique bluegrass feel to the music, turning that hodgepodge of style into sweet harmony.

Bross says audiences feel that "wow" factor, "A kind of excitement of a genre, seldom seen. The audience tells us it's an unexpected pleasure to hear the rich bluegrass music and the mix of genres with bluegrass."

Grass It Up also has another claim to fame: They play on recycled instruments made of components that could have been tossed, but have found a new lease on life. Bross plays bass guitar, David Siegel plays fiddle, Jim Marsh on banjo, David Jeffrey on mandolin and Shannon Carr on guitar. Marsh is the creative artist and recycling genius making instruments out of items like hubcaps, gas cans or cigar boxes and then selling or using them.

Bross says Bestway Disposal loved the group's recycling message and commissioned them to talk about why recycling is so important as a marketing campaign.

Bross said Grass It Up has had the opportunity to play live with some big names like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Oak Ridge Boys and Vince Herman, one of the founding members of Boulder jam band Leftover Salmon.

Tune in Friday for our live Take 10 performance on the Gazette News Facebook platform during the noon hour to get your fill of Grass It Up.

We at the Gazette support southern Colorado entertainment and Take 10 is one of many ways we push the point to get entertainers the visibility they deserve to keep the arts pumped and firing on all cylinders in our community. If you'd like to be a featured performer on a future Take 10 performance, email me at eric.singer@gazette.com. Tell me how you entertain a crowd and you may be on a future Take 10, showing off what you can do.

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