"Banks of the Ohio" premiers on NPR!

We could not be more proud to present the brilliant animated video to "Banks of The Ohio" from our 2014 album Broken Hearts and Stolen Money.  Directed and animated by Robin Steele, the video for Banks of The Ohio premiered on NPR, along with a sweet write up by the terrific entertainment journalist Ann Powers!

Read about it at: http://www.npr.org/event/music/405241452/first-watch-gangstagrass-banks-of-the-ohio

And watch the video below (please share this around!)


Gangstagrass on Appalachian Outlaws!

No, your ears aren't lying to you—that is Gangstagrass you're hearing on the commercial for Appalachian Outlaws on the History Channel.  If you haven't heard it yet, it airs all day long. If you watch enough History Channel, you're bound to catch it at least a couple times.  Of course, you can always watch the commercial as many times as you like below.  

P.S. The song is called "I'm Gonna Put You Down" and it's from our debut album Lightning On The Strings Thunder On The Mic.

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Fantrotter is officially the easiest way to get to the show!

Let's say you're planning to come to our show from out of town.  There's no need to go to the venue website to buy tickets and there's no need to go to a car rental website, hotels.com, Priceline, Expedia, Travelocity, etc. That's a lot of websites to go to and it's annoying.  

Just use Fantrotter and you can take care of all your arrangements on a nice, little, user-friendly app.  And you don't even have to go fantrotter.com to use it!  Just go to our shows page and the app is already up and ready to go.  

By using Fantrotter you're also helping to support the band financially.  Every time you click, we get paid.  This helps us put gas in our van, new strings on our instruments and coffee in our stomach.  We can't tell you how much we appreciate the support! 


Gangstagrass VIP Ticket Experience

Gangstagrass and MarchFourth Marching Band are coming to the south for three Bluegrass Hip-Hop/Marching Band parties and you can supplement the regular old-fashioned good time with a VIP ticket today.  These special electronic tickets remove the "velvet rope" and bring you right into the action.  We're talking about exclusive admission into soundcheck, an opportunity to dine out with the bands, merch from M4 and a "draft ticket" into either band's army to participate in an all-out laser tag battle that will make the French Revolution look like the movie "Mean Girls."  All of this makes for an admission you'll want to admit to your friends, family and therapist.  

10/8 - The Jefferson Theater - Charlottesville, VA 

 10/9 - The Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC

10/10 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC 

Laser Tag will be held on October 9th at Adventure Landing in Raleigh. 

3311 Capital Blvd  Raleigh, NC 27604

 

Gangstagrass blasts into Summer 2013 and beyond

"If you are playing chess against Bigfoot, don't win. And for God's sake don't cheat." - Ancient Bluegrass-Hip-Hop proverb.

This year we get out to see so many fans in person as we storm across the country, and it started off strong with tours north to Canada and back in Feburary, and across the South and Midwest in April. Check it out:

[picture from indianapolis show]

http://www.flickr.com/photos/everydaypeopleproject/sets/72157633144351320/with/8610179485/

on our travels, we had a chance to appear on the televised variety show Scruffy City Ramble in Knoxville. Enjoy:

http://new.livestream.com/scruffycityramble/april - gangstagrass comes on about 1 hour 23 min. into it.

But that was only the beginning! Our full scale invasion continues with live performances throughout the summer and fall! See if we are in your area, and go to www.gangstagrass.com/shows or www.facebook.com/gangstagrass/events for details

5/24/2013 Canton, OH - The Auricle

5/25/2013 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark

5/26/2013 Chillicothe, IL - Summer Camp Festival

5/27/2013 Chicago, IL - City Winery

5/31/2013 Pulaski, NY - The Groovelink Family Funktion

6/1/2013 Brooklyn, NY - Red Hook Fest

6/3/2013 Lexington, KY Natasha's Bistro and Bar

6/5/2013 Chicago, IL Martyrs'  

6/6/2013 Indianapolis, IN White Rabbit Cabaret

6/7/2013 Cincinnati, OH Mad Frog  

6/8/2013 Fayetteville, WV - New River Festival

6/9/2013 Doylestown, PA - Puck  

6/15/2013 Champion, PA - Stills In The Hills, an Appalachian Jamboree 

6/28/2013 Arlington, VA - Artisphere

 6/29/2013 Berryville, VA - Pasture Palooza Festival

7/11/2013 Los Angeles, CA - Levitt Pavillion MacArthur Park

7/12/2013 San Louis Obispo, CA - Seven Sisters Festival

7/20/2013 Ostrava, Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava festival

8/7-8/8 Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest

8/9 - Teaneck, NJ - Mexicali Live

8/14 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall

8/16 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki

8/17 - Baltimore, MD - The 8 x 10  

9/21 - Milford, NJ - Milford Alive

 More dates to be added soon, so check back regularly! And yes, we are going to the Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, work has begun on the next Gangstagrass album. We are in the process of developing and recording new tracks. Rench recently brough Smif N Wessun into the studio to deliver a mind blowing special appearance on a new track. We are going to put some time in to make the hottest tracks ever and you can't rush that, so this monsterpiece will be cooking until the fall, when we unleash it on the world. Take a peek at some behind the scenes footage for the production of a new Gangstagrass video that will launch the first single:

http://youtu.be/yAJttQZlmGU

Rench will tweet some juicy inside scoop as new tracks get assembled, so make sure you are following @gangstagrass

Are you a huge Gangstagrass fan (huge in enthusiasm, if not in body weight)? Get ready to prove it and win a free t-shirt!  We are launching the S.H.I.R.T. challenge, so step up and complete simple tasks spreading the word about Gangstagrass to get your own prize shirt! http://gangstagrass.com/shirt

for juicy inside scoops on the crazy circus that is Gangstagrass 2013, check these interviews with Rench:

http://performermag.com/2013/02/05/gangstagrass-discusses-mashing-up-bluegrass-with-hip-hop/

http://blurtonline.com/feature/blurting-with-gangstagrass/

want to see what happens when Gangstagrass takes over your hotel room?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoKA4hvjFb4

We are looking forward to coming around and playing our little hearts out on stage for you soon! It is always a thrill to meet our awesome fans, and the weird ones too.

and remember: "cama cama leepa chai"

 

Come See Us Live!

See Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro and Guitar get down with block rocking beats and badass rappers. We do it for real and bring you foot stompin’ knee slappin’ butt shakin’ good times.

5/24 - The Auricle - Canton, OH

5/25 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI*

5/26 - Summer Camp Music Festival - Chilicothe, IL

5/27 - City Winery - Chicago, IL

5/31 - Groovelink Family Funktion - Pulaski, NY

6/1 - Red Hook Jazz Fest - Brooklyn, NY

6/3 - Natasha's Bar and Bistro - Lexington, KY

6/5 - Martyrs' - Chicago, IL**

6/6 - White Rabbit Cabaret - Indianapolis, IN **

6/7/ - Mad Frog - Cincinnati, OH **

6/8 - New River Festival - Fayetteville, WV 

6/9 - Puck - Doylestown, PA**

6/28 - Artisphere - Arlington, VA

6/29 - Pasture Palooza Festival - Berryville, VA

7/11 - Levitt Pavilion McArthur Park -  Los Angeles, CA 

7/12 - Seven Sisters Festival - San Luis Obispo, CA

7/13 - Square Roots Festival - Chicago, IL

7/18-7/21 - Colours of Ostrava - Czech Republic 

8/07-8/08 - Musikfest - Bethlehem

8/15 - New Hope, PA - Fran's Pub

10/12 - Charleston, WV - OcktoberWest

* W/ Cabinet

** W/ Star & Micey

Thanks to the fans for an awesome tour!

Gangstagrass is home from the Flying Rattlesnakes Tour. And It
Rocked. So thanks.

We have returned, victorious from a whirlwind campaign of badassery.
But we did not do it alone. Thanks to many people who came and
supported us and danced and screamed and partied like there was no
tomorrow in San Francisco, Grants Pass, Eugene, Corvallis, Portland,
Tacoma, San Diego, LA, Nashville, and Centre College. We had a blast
and can't wait to be back!

We were so happy to come out and share the experience in person with
you, so you could see R-SON the Voice of Reason rocking the mic,
demonstrating the hottest freestyle skills north of Antarctica, backed
by Rench on guitar, Doug Goldstein on banjo, David Yannuzzi on dobro,
Jon West on fiddle, and the block rocking beats you know and love.

For those of you who were not able to see us on this tour, fear not.
Just be patient - we have plans to get out more in early 2013 and in
the spring. We know where you are and we want to come there. We will
be heading to the south, to the midwest, to the northeast, and also to
Europe. Keep spreading the word about Gangstagrass, the more fans we
have in your town the easier it is for us to come play there!