Tonight at Alive after Five, the name of the game is bluegrass. Get ready for some banjo picking and fiddle strumming, as The Random Canyon Growlers and Sunnyvale Stringband take the stage for the second Alive After Five of the season.
The Random Canyon Growlers' six-person band features vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and bass. Although the group is no stranger to the stage, it thrives on busking—or street performances at places like the Capital City Public Market.
Originally formed in Driggs by classically trained lead vocalist Jamie Drysdale in 2008, the group has accumulated talented musicians from places as near as Oregon and as far as Vermont. The band offers up a new take on Americana, incorporating the energy of punk rock and the soul of traditional bluegrass.
Introducing the theme of bluegrass and Americana will be openers Sunnyvale Stringband, which plays music ranging from traditional bluegrass to modern alternative. The band met at Boise State while studying geoscience and casually formed in the fall of 2010.