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Old Salt Union

Gabriel Events welcomes

Old Salt Union

Harvest Sons

Fri, August 17, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Castle Theatre

Bloomington, IL

$10 (Advance) / $12 (Day of Show)

Ticket Prices listed do NOT include additional Ticket Fees added at online checkout & box office

Old Salt Union
Old Salt Union
Old Salt Union is known for playing music by their own set of rules. While the men who make up this group are not complete rebels, they are certainly thinking about the future of music. They find influence in the bluegrass roots of The Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush, but also draw inspiration from Bill Evans, Danny Elfman, Punch Brothers, and many more talented musicians. What makes Old Salt Union so special is their ability to stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music by incorporating in-depth musical arrangements, a catchy hook, and an uncanny pop sensibility. They truly are a new generation of bluegrass in the industry.

Established in May of 2012, Old Salt Union recorded their debut album "Western Skies" in October of the same year. While their album was independently released in March of 2013, it was clear by the overwhelmingly positive response that their fan base would grow rapidly in the following months. In January of 2014, Old Salt Union began exclusively touring the country, so that their reach would expand, exposing more fans to their type of complex, high energy, and well-executed sound.

With the release of their second studio album, "Bridge", in August of 2014, Old Salt Union tells a tale of transition. The two years that they have been together has shown that they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of music. They have established solid roots, winning the STL Riverfront Times "Best Bluegrass Band" in 2013 and "Best Country Band" in 2014, all while traveling the country. They have made appearances at the John Hartford Memorial Festival, Wakarusa, LouFest, and Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Festival, sharing the stage with The Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, Ricky Skaggs, and more – and no ma'am, they ain't stopping yet.
Harvest Sons
Harvest Sons
The Saga Continues...

The winter of 2015, an epiphany hit lead singer Seth Cocquit, of Harvest Sons, that would change the direction of his music and life, fooorrreeever.

The epiphany was the result of deep soul searching and realizing life is a short game we get to play.

Seth cut his teeth in the 7 member punk-grass outfit, Frank F. Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers, spending 5 years on fiddle in the corner of Midwest dive bars, festivals, farm parties and druuuuunkass campfires.

The first one to come to Seth’s aid was hometown friend and bass master Andy Greiner. They played their first gig at a St. Jude fundraiser in the corner of Pour House Taproom where future member Nik Grafelman was perched on a barstool. Hearing the other two playing Avett Bros. and Old Crow songs,

Nik goes, “I like what you boys played there” (paraphrasing) and the rest was HOT DAMN history.

Nik would eventually introduce the band to his childhood friend, and longtime drummer Nathan Glaser. Nathan, a Galva, Illinois native who had recently moved back home from Phoenix, AZ where he had been playing in a Social Distortion cover band, had developed an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars action figures and Metallica, and found himself 1) sleeping on his old race car bed, and 2) actually enjoying folk-rock music.

Juggling day jerbs and figuring out 4 different schedules of guys who had, like, 5 DIFFERENT projects simultaneously, eventually lead to Harvest Sons getting their shit together and putting something on a record in hopes of chasing the ultimate dream - filling 50 capacity rooms, every night, for the rest of their God given lives.

After 2 years of playing regional shows, wondering if Harvest Sons is a good or bad idea, and letting Harvest Sons discover its sound, we are now poised to put out out Flat Black Live Sessions this October, 2018.

Where it goes from there is anybody’s guess. Seeing this great big world from the vicinity of a 12 passenger van while wanting to kill each other seems like the next logical step.

Influenced by heroes Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, John Prine, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sturgill Simpson and countless other authentically-rich musicians, Harvest Sons will have plenty of great music to listen to on their journey.

....and hopefully, the world might one day listen to their shit too.
Venue Information:
The Castle Theatre
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701