Tell the kids and the old folks too. The whole family is welcome for a day of great Bluegrass featuring some of the Midwest’s best talent. We’ll have pumpkin painting and a musical petting zoo and other kiddie activities as well. Fun for everyone – SUNDAY 3-9 — Then the adults take over from 9-?? for a Bluegrass Allstar throw-down, unplugged on the deck. Feel free to join in on this part!
Jake Dugan Music
Jake Dugan is an Indianapolis born and based guitarist and singer-songwriter. As a guitarist, he spends most of his time band leading his instrumental JazzFunkBlues project or playing in small jazz combos around Indianapolis. As a singer-songwriter he independently released his first solo single “Enjoy the Ride” in June of 2021 to all major streaming platforms and launched his “Carrollton Sessions” video series live from his home in 2020. Dugan also performs solo and in small acoustic group collaborations (Jake Dugan & Friends) drawing on any number of American and World styles. While “Enjoy the Ride” is steeped in jazz and folk music, Dugan’s catalogue also readily showcases the sounds of soul, bluegrass, blues & reggae.
Dugan cut his teeth playing and singing in former local Indianapolis groups Funky Junk and Flex McKinney from 2012-2019 during and following his time spent in pursuit of a B.S. degree in Music Technology from Indiana University at the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis campus. In his time there he studied both jazz and classical guitar under Sandy Williams, John Alvarado, and Tom Fowler. He has played such notable venues as the Vogue, Mousetrap, Radio Radio, Military Park and more while also being featured at festivals like Summer Camp Music Festival, Indy Swish Festival, Carmel Fest, Mojostock, Good People Good Times and others. He is a current featured artist with the Indy Arts Council and a local musical educator.
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Calling Minneapolis home, Kind Country has been instrumental in bridging the gap between the local Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, and Jam-Band scenes to create a diverse and rich blend of musical styles that refuses to fit in a single genre’s checkbox. The high-energy improvisational creative energy of the band’s stage performance infuses their studio albums with the intuitive and nearly telepathic connection they’ve grown famous for on stage. The beaming smiles, joyful laughter, knowing glances, brotherly encouragement, and outpouring of love are so palpable and genuine, their camaraderie leaves the audience begging for more. The ebb and flow of magnetic energy and speed draws the audience closer with each guitar lick, mando pluck, and fiddle stroke.
Kind Country began spreading their kind vibes all over the countryside when they came to life in Mankato, MN back in 2012. The seven-member ensemble features Max Graham (Mandolin/Lead vocals), Brandon Johnson (Guitar), Joe Sheehan (Bass), Chris Forsberg (Fiddle/Backing vocals), Chris Wittrock (Drums/Backing vocals), Mike Hedding (Banjo), and Lee Martin (Pedal Steel), who artfully blend a wealth of diverse experiences, musical tastes, perspectives, and individuality into a colorful tapestry of sound. A full drum kit, expertly played by “Witty,” sets Kind Country apart from the run of the mill bluegrass bands. Not to mention the momentum that builds between Max’s melodic mandolin pickin’ alternating with Chris’ rippin’ fiddle solos, leading to a magical crescendo. Joe thumps low and slow on bass, Lee wails on the slide, and Mike picks the banjo with expert precision. Every musician in the band holds their own with talent to spare. Max’s artful songwriting evokes a broad range of emotions, often drawing from his own life and dreams for the future.
Max Graham describes the overarching theme of Kind Country’s music as “finding beauty and happiness, even when negative experiences and struggles persist. That is a quintessential part of life. You can’t wait for everything to be perfect to celebrate life. Life is meant to be celebrated here and now. Our music is how we make life better.”
Kind Country’s discography includes three full-length albums (Kind Country, Hwy 7, and Hard Times) and an EP (Mountains). Track after track, Kind Country’s albums take listeners further down an energizing and uplifting path to find beauty in the darkness, light at the end of the tunnel, and joy in the hard times. The soul of the musicians’ collaborative synergy sits shotgun as we meander down the dusty trail of life, hitting potholes while simultaneously appreciating rainbows along the horizon. Kind Country’s unique sound takes on a duality of its own, dichotomous in its ability to make a sad song sound happy and a happy song sound ecstatic. Their albums artistically balance catchy numbers that elevate mood and vibrations with energetic barnburner instrumentals, all of which provoke a sea of bodies to move to the beat.
Kind Country has garnered national attention for their unique and optimistic style. Live for Live Music prophetically named them one of the “5 Up-and-Coming Bluegrass Bands Poised to Take Over the Scene.” Kind Country has won several contests and awards including the Minnesota State Fair’s AARP Best Local Band of 2017. They were awarded with the opportunity to support Bruce Hornsby and Lake Street Dive in their first stadium show, where they received a standing ovation from an eclectic audience of mostly new fans who spanned the generations.
These festival and live performance veterans have been playing festivals and venues big and small all over the Midwest for years, developing an especially loyal fanbase in the Minnesota/Wisconsin bluegrass scene. Kind Country expanded their festival footprint in the last few years to the national circuit, sharing stages with Phil Lesh, Railroad Earth, Jeff Austin Band, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Devil Makes Three, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, Michael Cleveland, The Steeldrivers, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Lil’ Smokies, Billy Strings, Tyler Childers, Jacob Jolliff, Split Lip Rayfield, Charlie Parr, Trampled By Turtles, Pert Near Sandstone, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Useful Jenkins, The Way Down Wanderers, The Big Wu, Kitchen Dwellers, and a multitude of other phenomenal jam, bluegrass, folk, and Americana roots musicians. They seamlessly meld into the electronic scene as well because of their high energy pickin’, heady jams, and upbeat rhythms that get the whole party moving and shaking.
Past Mousetrap Concerts:
Dark Moon Hollow
Past Mousetrap Concerts:
An open pint of Fireball tends to collect a few gnats after a couple weeks. It turns out Troy Chester and TJ Randolph don’t mind, however. After downing this concoction, these boys gained superpowers and became the Boozegnats.
All this due to PapaGnat aka Mycol Estrella brewing this fine liquor to be drank on a warm summer day.
PapaGnat(also a badass guitarist) is the genius behind our name, and for that we thank him.
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Amoramora has been saving the world with rock’n’roll since 2016. Every live show is guaranteed to blast you off into a cosmic dance party and features an ever changing blend of psychedelic jams, funk, bluegrass, african highlife and beyond. Fueled by high-energy improvisation, the undeniable joy this quartet shares onstage and offstage is reflected by their devout and growing fanbase, the Amorons. Based out of Boulder, CO, the band has a commitment to consistently changing setlists, expanding their already extensive catalog of original material, and stirring the musical gumbo. Along with the deep instrumental blend of guitar, keyboard, trumpet, EWI, bass & drums, all four members are also vocalists. After selling out their first headlining play at the The Fox Theatre in May of 2017 the band released “S’moramora Volume 2” on all major listening/streaming platforms and has been touring the US extensively while expanding their rapidly growing audience deemed The Amorons.