Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Urban Monroes are excited to perform at the historic Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, Washington on October 8th at 8pm for the 12th annual Bluegrass at Birdfest Festival. Sponsored by the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, the National Wildlife Refuge System and the City of Ridgefield, the entire town will be transformed over the course of the weekend in a celebration of the changing of the season and the influx of migratory birds to the area that results. As part of that celebration, from breakfast til bedtime, an entire flock of bluegrass bands will be performing at the Old Liberty Theater and there will be ongoing jamming throughout the town with multiple locations designated specifically for that purpose. Along with all the bluegrass there will be food vendors, dozens of birding events, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, a wide variety of family activities, discussions and demonstrations of Northwest Native American traditions, and a traditional salmon bake just to name a few of the happenings to be enjoyed throughout the weekend.
With fall fast approaching and the outdoor festival season cooling off both literally and figuratively, the Urban Monroes will be migrating as well, moving to indoor stages. Playing the Old Liberty Theater kicks off this year's shift to weather-proof venues. Bluegrass at Birdfest offers the band a delightful seasonal transition, which is good because it might be hard to let go of the last few months. This summer saw the Urban Monroes' single "You Don't Have to Move That Mountain," in Powersource Magazine's Top 35 Bluegrass chart and tracks from their latest CD, Pavement and Pathways, on the Roots Music Report National Top 50 Bluegrass chart. As a result, the band is justifiably excited to see what fall has to offer.
Fashioned from the heart of tradition and infused with adrenaline, the Urban Monroes’ bluegrass style combines the skills of some of the Pacific Northwest's finest talent. Fast-paced and highly energetic, the band performs both original and traditional bluegrass with a style and delivery uniquely its own.
Posted by Urban Monroes at 4:26 PM
Urban Monroes-New Review-"Pavement and Pathways is a joyride down the Appalachian Trail's fast lane."
"Pavement and Pathways, the Urban Monroes' second CD, rolls down the band's backwoods super-highway on a tour of bluegrass' rural roots and modern skylines; a stretch of road where Old Joe Clark and Secret Agent Man merge from the same onramp. The vehicle that drives Pavement and Pathways is an adroit arranging ability fortified with a divine pairing of sublime voices and precision picking. Navigating that pavement and those pathways, the Urban Monroes put an added twist into every mile of the excursion, taking the most scenic route at every opportunity and seeking the adventure in every song. With a panoramic view through inspiring originals and a driving rootsy style unrelentingly their own, Pavement and Pathways is a joyride down the Appalachian Trail's fast lane." The Fireball Mail
Posted by Urban Monroes at 4:24 PM
Saturday, September 17, 2011
"You Don't Have to Move that Mountain" from Pavement and Pathways is in the Top 20 Bluegrass Singles chart in The Fireball Mail Magazine.
Posted by Urban Monroes at 11:48 PM