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Blue·grass  (blo͞oˌɡras)
 

1. a bluish-green grass that was introduced into North America from northern Europe. It is widely grown for fodder, especially in Kentucky and Virginia.
2. a kind of country music influenced by jazz and blues and characterized by virtuosic playing of banjos and guitars and high-pitched, close-harmony vocals.

 

Laurie Melting and Anthony Novak are the core members and founders of “Ladies and Gents”.  They have been active in the Twin Cities music scene for a number of years, and combined their friendship and love for Bluegrass and Country music to form the band  They are rooted in traditional Bluegrass and old-time Country music like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. The trio format adds an upright bass, and the quartet also includes banjo/mandolin.

 

A performance by “Ladies and Gents” will include up-tempo, knee-slapping bluegrass tunes, as well as soulful ballads and beautiful melodies.  Add to that Anthony’s charisma, deep connection with others, as well as the group’s passion and shared love of music… well, it makes for an enjoyable time for all!

 

Laurie earned her Bachelor degree in music from Northwestern University, and her Masters degree from DePaul University, studying classically at both schools with highly acclaimed teachers.  Later, she approached the violin in a non-Classical way, branched out into other genres, and has played in several bands.

 

Anthony has been involved in music performance, composition and audio production for over 20 years. With an educational background in music and engineering, along with being involved in numerous projects taking him from New York to California, he brings a unique perspective to the band.

 

Both Laurie and Anthony are music educators, and are devoted to passing their love of music on to others through teaching and performing.
 

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