109 S School St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
The Center For The Arts PresentsSawyer Fredericks & Parsonsfield
- Saturday, August 18
TWO SHOWS – 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Grass Valley Elks Lodge
- Premium Reserved Seats
$35 members, $40 general public
General Admission Seats
$25 members, $27 general public
- TICKETS ON SALE:
Thursday, May 3 – Fan Club Pre-Sale
Friday, May 4 – Public On Sale
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)
19-year-old Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family’s farm in central New York State, is fast establishing himself as an authentic original, Americana artist with an old soul. His deep, beyond-his-years lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances have attracted an ever-growing number of devoted fans of all ages, selling out shows throughout the US.
As a folk/blues singer-songwriter, who cut his teeth at local farmers markets, open mics, and iconic New York venues like Caffe Lena, the Towne Crier Cafe, and The Bitter End, Sawyer seemed an unlikely match for reality TV, but quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going on to win season 8 of NBC’s The Voice.
Fresh from that whirlwind, Sawyer went forward with the release of his major label debut, A Good Storm, with Republic Records, an impressive blend of soulful Folk, blues, and rock, entirely written or co-written by Sawyer. His 2016 A Good Storm Tour included 62 shows across the US.
For 2018, Sawyer has once again gone independent, the highly-anticipated Hide Your Ghost sheds the high gloss major label treatment and stays true to Frederick’s honest and elegantly stripped-down style, a self-described “free range folk”, incorporating elements of blues, roots rock, and jazz with live instrumental arrangements throughout.
“…the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas.” – Folk Alley
“..give you rich five-part harmonies one minute, sound like bluegrass on steroids the next, and then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms.” – No Depression
Though they call western Massachusetts home, Parsonsfield draws their name from the rural Maine town that’s home to the Great North Sound Society, the farmhouse-turned- recording-studio of Josh Ritter, keyboardist/producer Sam Kassirer. It was there that they cut their outstanding debut, ‘Poor Old Shine,’ which established them as a roots force to be reckoned with.
Catch Parsonsfield onstage any night and the band’s joy is palpable. They trade instruments, share microphones, and shoot each other big grins. They sing in tight multi-part harmonies, their voices blending like they’ve been doing this together all their lives. That’s because Parsonsfield is a family band, not by birth but by choice.