Miners Foundry will present Whitewater Ramble with Absynth Quintet April 11. Described as high-octane Rocky Mountain dance-grass, Whitewater Ramble starts with bluegrass instrumentation, adds drums and finishes with a boundless approach to grassing up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana. Whitewater Ramble is now on tour behind its second studio release, “Roots & Groove.” The album showcases the band’s growth as songwriters and musicians. Produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, the album features an array of special guests such as Andy Hall on dobro (Infamous Stringdusters), Andy Thorn on banjo (Leftover Salmon), Grammy Award winner John Macy on pedal steel and Bill McKay on piano. Fans of Old Crow Medicine Show to the Disco Biscuits will enjoy Whitewater Ramble’s feel-good, foot-stomping songs.
Based in Fort Collins, Colo., the group has performed and headlined on every major stage across the Rocky Mountain region. A diverse festival resume has helped bring Whitewater Ramble to stages at events like the Northwest String Summit, Wakarusa, Yonder Mountain’s Harvest Festival, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, 80/35 Festival, Nedfest, Bohemian Nights NewWestFest, The Wildflower Pavilion at RockyGrass, Copper Mountain Sunsation, Desert Rocks Music Festival, Love Your Mother Earth Music Festival, Keystone Bluegrass and Brews, The Denver People’s Fair, South Park Music Festival, Westword’s Music Showcase, numerous Brew Festivals and its own annual two-day music and camping festival, Ramble on the River. With more than 800 performances under its belt, the group has truly established itself as one of the hardest working groups in the jam scene today.
Opening the show is Absynth Quintet. Hailing from Humboldt County, Absynth Quintet is a self-described fire-breathing traveling-gypsy-circus-indie-grass band that is quickly making a name for itself on the West Coast string band circuit. In 2011, the band released “IOTA” to much fanfare.