We just kicked off our holiday house concert series last weekend with two shows to packed houses (literally), and now we have a solid month of house concerts ahead of us. We had so much (both the band and the audience) that we just might make this a High 48s holiday tradition going forward.
While most of the house concerts are private, we’re happy to say that we do have a few that will be open to everyone, and we’d love it if you’d join the party.
On Saturday afternoon, December 6, we’ll be playing a holiday “house” concert at That Cooking School in beautiful Lilydale, MN (805 Sibley Memorial Highway). Two sets of bluegrass plus pizza, beer and wine — if that doesn’t sound like fun to you, check your pulse! Doors open at 12pm, music starts at 1pm. To make a reservation, call Alex Niemer at 651-249-7287.
Just down the river a few clicks, we’ll be doing another public holiday house concert over at the Saint Paul Yacht Club December on December 11. Doors at 7pm, music at 7:30pm. There will be a dessert and hors d’oeuvres pot luck, so bring a dish, if you wish. Call Roger Anderson at 651-747-6068 to make a reservation. Click here for a map to help you get to the gig (the SPYC is a little tucked away).
We have some BIG news to share with you today. Our bandmate and our brother in music, Chad Johnson, has made the decision to leave The High 48s to pursue some exciting new creative endeavors.
As a founding member of the band and our mandolin player, vocalist and “Chief Financial Officer,” Chad’s contributions to our success over the past 8 years are beyond count. While we will all miss his picking, singing and, of course, his “award-winning bluegrass smile,” we are very supportive and excited for him as he begins the next chapter of his creative life.
While Chad’s boots are not easily filled, we are thrilled to announce that Mike Hedding will be joining The High 48s as our new mandolin player, beginning with our Holiday House Concert Series which launches next week. Mike is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has worked with many great bluegrass and acoustic bands in the region over the last decade including: No Grass Limit, Hey Lonesome, Sans Souci Quartet, Pocahontas County, and The Katey Bellville Band. A student of mandolin master Mike Compton, Mike’s modern take on classic Monroe-style mandolin playing will be an exciting addition to our sound. Mike will also be singing and bringing his original tunes to the band and we can’t wait for you to hear our new lineup in 2015!
In the meantime, we would like to invite you to help us celebrate Chad’s final public performance with The High 48s at a very special show at the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis next Friday, November 28th (Black Friday). It will be a historic night for the band and we would love for you to be a part of it:
The High 48s: A Farewell to Chad
Friday, November 28th
9:00PM / $10
125 SE Main Street (St. Anthony Main)
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Aster at: 612-379-3138
Just got word that our new album Great Northern Railroad hit the Roots Music Report charts this week, debuting at number 48.
And for some reason, as I typed that last sentence, I could hear the actual voice of Casey Kasem saying it…in my head, of course. Kinda strange, but kinda cool, too.