Tony Trischka (banjo) is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. His stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. A multiple IBMA award winner, Independent Music Award winner, and Grammy nominee, Trischka also produced Steve Martin’s Rare Bird Alert and is the musical director of the recent documentary Give Me the Banjo, which aired on PBS. His latest release is Great Big World.
Michael Daves (guitar, vocals) is heralded as “a leading light of the New York bluegrass scene” by the New York Times and has garnered attention for his solo performances and work with Chris Thile, Steve Martin, and Rosanne Cash. His debut duo album with Thile, Sleep With One Eye Open, recorded at Jack White’s Third Man studio in Nashville, was nominated for a 2011 Grammy in the Best Bluegrass Album category.
Jake Jolliff (mandolin) co-founded Joy Kills Sorrow, and for the last five years has toured the world as a member of progressive jamgrass pioneers Yonder Mountain String Band. He also leads his own project, the Jacob Jolliff Band which features some of the most virtuosic young pickers in the northeast. Over the years, Jacob has had pleasure of sharing the stage with legendary musicians spanning multiple genres including Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, John Popper, David Grisman Quintet, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, and many more.
Alex Hargreaves (fiddle), described as “one of the greatest improvising violinists in America today” by virtuoso mandolinist/composer Mike Marshall, is a musician equally at home playing bluegrass, jazz and everything in between. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Alex has toured with Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Danilo Perez and has performed with many others including Punch Brothers, Sierra Hull, Steve Martin and Kacey Musgraves, appearing on her Saturday Night Live debut. He was a member of the Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet from 2016–2019, appearing on their 2018 release, Bird’s Eye View, and can often be heard playing in the house band on the public radio variety show, Live From Here with Chris Thile.
Erik Alvar (bass) has studied and performed with some of the most revered musicians in their respected genres and has mastered styles from bluegrass to jazz, classical, and beyond. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Florida, Alvar made the move to Brooklyn, NY where he is swiftly finding his way into the local music scene. He has toured with many bands including Billy Strings, the Jim Hurst Trio, and Rebecca Frazier.