Date:   2/20/2016

Pert Near Sandstone's high energy music coming to Thrasher

Pert Near Sandstone's debut performance at the historic Thrasher is scheduled for Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m., and if you are a lover of fun and high-energy music, this is definitely a concert you won't want to miss.

"Pert Near Sandstone is a top-tier bluegrass/new grass band.  You can’t help but get up and shake your jiggity jig ‘n stomp your feet!  You’ll walk out with a smile on your face, hurrin’ to get in your car to play your new PNS cd!" - Thrasher patron and PNS fan, Michaela Randall, Onalaska

Pert Near Sandstone emerged from the same roots-based musical hotbed in Minneapolis that gave birth to Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks and Spider John Koerner. Originally formed by four friends from the same hometown, Pert Near Sandstone formed unintentionally over weekly, whiskey-fueled picking sessions in an old house in St. Paul, MN. They decided without any real intentions to start playing shows and the chemistry of their music and friendships, even early on, left people feeling like the party followed them everywhere they went. Word of the bands' uncanny ability to whip audiences into frenzies spread and they were invited to play some of Minnesota's most legendary venues including First Avenue, the Cedar Cultural Center and the Historic Orpheum Theater.

The band has been taking their show across the country, paying their dues in smoke filled taverns and roadside juke joints while organically building a dedicated following from coast-to-coast. Their formative years on the road painstakingly paved the Pert Near path as the band traversed from city-to-city winning over audiences "the old fashioned way"; face-to-face. Over the course of the next five years, the band maintained a full touring schedule appearing at many national festivals and sharing the stage with many legendary musical talents; the likes of Del McCoury, WILCO and Yonder Mountain Stringband.

 In 2008, Pert Near Sandstone was hand-picked by Garrison Keillor to appear as the featured musical guest on A Prairie Home Companion where Garrison proclaimed that, "The group has become a force on the Minnesota roots music scene and beyond." Fellow Minnesota speed-grass band Trampled by Turtles is proud to waive the Pert Near flag high and wide with band leader Dave Simonett calling Pert Near Sandstone one of his "favorite contemporary bluegrass acts in the United States."

Tickets for the concert are $23 and available at the Thrasher office, Horicon Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Generously sponsored by Chiroplus Complementary Healthcare Center. Accommodations provided by The Heidel House Resort & Spa.

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