Strangefolk plays the River City

Well folks, get ready for this one. These guys are going to blow the roof off the place. This is definitely a show not to be missed.

Hailing from the East Coast, the sensation known as Strangefolk plays the River City Saloon this Thursday. Music is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. There are advance ticket sales at the Saloon.

Strangefolk has been touring heavily on the national level to promote their newest CD, Open Road, recorded at Archer Studios outside of Burlington, Vt. during the summer of 2001.

Since its release on Oct. 12 at NYC's Irving Plaza, Open Road has garnered the praise of fans and music critics alike with its infectious grooves, blistering solos and introspective lyrics.

Strangefolk's live shows consistently draw capacity crowds in and around the Northeast, they're currently enjoying a steady rise in popularity in the Midwest, Rockies and West Coast as well.

Originally formed as an acoustic duo "Strange Folk" in 1991, Strangefolk (now one word) added bass and drums within a year and took to playing the bars in and around the vibrant musical community of Burlington, Vt.

In the years that followed, Strangefolk went on to build a national grassroots following based on the strength of three studio CD releases (Lore; 1996, Weightless in Water; 1997, and the Nile Rodgers produced A Great Long While; 2000), as well as a rigorous touring schedule, playing 150-200 gigs a year.

After undergoing a lineup change in the fall of 2000 when original band member Reid Genauer left the group, Strangefolk introduced singer/guitarist Luke Montgomery and keyboardist Don Scott to the musical mix.

Today the band touts a mailing list of over 20,000. Their latest release, Open Road showcases the band's depth, variety and continued growth as both songwriters and musicians.

Much like the community formed around the Grateful Dead, Strangefolk's road tripping fan base has begun to take on a life of its own, complete with its own philanthropic organization, Strangers Helping Strangers (SHS).

Since 1998, SHS has been traveling to shows in New England collecting donations for homeless shelters and food banks local to the venue area.

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