Stopping in Emporia on the way to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, the bluegrass band Mountain Sprout will perform in the Granada Theatre on Sept. 7 as part of the Pre-Winfield Bash.
Joining the Arkansas-based band will be Fast Food Junkies from McPherson and Whiskey Trio, originally from Emporia and now based out of Kansas City.
“This is a great opportunity to have them here in town for people to see them if you’re not going down to Winfield,” said show promoter Rob Gilligan. “Just a nice fun night of music at the Granada,”
Signed to the record label Mudstomp Records, Mountain Sprout members include Grayson Van Sickle (banjo and vocals), Blayne Thiebaud (fiddle), Adam Waggs (guitar) and Daniel Redmond (stand up bass). The band’s Facebook page describes its sound as “highly energetic hillbilly music.”
“Bluegrass would be the best genre to describe these guys,” Gilligan said. “They are very high energy, engaging, a lot of fun with audience and the fans. They’re really just going to be there for everyone to have a really good time. Mountain Sprout, Fast Food Junkies are very similar. Very fast playing style. Gets you excited and moving. Whiskey Trio is a lot of fun. Local guys.”
Fast Food Junkies members include Landon Unruh (banjo and lead vocals), Clinton Snyder (guitar and lead vocals) and Rob Stewert (bass fiddle). Whiskey Trio’s members include husband a wife vocalist duo Eric and Megan Nelson as well as Josh Futma on bass.
“They’ll be a nice start ... and get everybody going,” Gilligan said. “Should be fun.”
Gilligan said the reactions he’s gotten from fans about the live music event has been positive.
“People are pretty excited,” Gilligan said. “An opportunity to see live music in Emporia. This will be Mountain Sprouts’ first time in Emporia. They’ve got a pretty good following of people and a pretty good fan base.”
Many bluegrass fans who can’t make the annual event in Winfield will fulfill their fix at the Granada event.
“It’s going to create more of a draw,” Gilligan said. “Maybe draw some people into town that maybe aren’t going to be able to spend a full weekend down in Winfield to see acts like that.”
In the works are more live music events at the Granada.
“This is the first of hopefully multiple shows that we will be bringing to town to try and create more live music events in the community,” Gilligan said. “The Granada is a fantastic venue when you compare it to other communities as far as sound quality and ambience. We’re just trying find more ways to utilize it.”
The next live music event will The Reverend Horton Heat on Sept. 21 at the Granada Theatre.
“A really great rock-a-billy group that was huge in the late 90’s and 2000’s,” Gilligan said. “They’ve been touring for over 20 years. It’s a great opportunity to have them come here. Usually it’s hard to get them out of Kansas City or Lawrence.”
Another Emporia based band Loco Macheen will come back together to open up for Reverend Horton Heat with a reunion show.
Tickets for the Pre-Winfield Bash are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. To obtain tickets visit the Emporia Granada Theatre, the Granada Coffee Shops, Sweet Granada, Flint Hills Music or online at emporiagranada.com.