The Folkin' Grassholes

Combining blues, classical, and traditional influences, The Folkin' Grassholes bring a fresh dynamic to bluegrass and roots music. This Midwestern quartet brings together a uniquely talented group of musicians.

Classically trained from the early age of 4, John Lardinois (violin) is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic and West Virginia Symphony orchestras.

Brian Spirk (mandolin/vocals) stays busy burning up the fretboard with Sawgrass, The Repeating Arms, Nasty Bingo and others as the go-to mandolin player in Dayton. 

 A talented multi-instrumentalist, Ben Cooper (bass/vocals) is a longtime fixture in the area music scene. He has performed with a number of bands, from Shoefly to Sawgrass.

Wallen and Phelps

Brian Keith Wallen and Dean Phelps are established performers in their own right, but when they get together, they cook up a soulful mix of blues, bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music. Think Merle Travis meets John Mayer, introduced by Doc Watson. Dean Phelps is a National Thumpbick Guitar Champion.