JR & the Juniors / KC Bear Fighters / Miss Allison Olassa and Co. (early all ages patio show)

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  • Categories: Singer/songwriter
  • Event posted: June 14, 2009
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

Lawrence's JR & the Juniors fired up in 2005 to play a show for free pizza and beer. The twangy outfit has since become a staple of the Mass. St. tour circuit, spreading good cheer with a Blue Mountain mashup of country, bluegrass, folk, blues and jug band music.

The Kansas City Bear Fighters used to be The Denver Broncos, but their legal department didn't have the resources to mount a cease-and-desist defense against a pro football team. Employing ukulele, mandolin, acoustic guitar, upright bass and strategically selected Hawaiian shirts, the group's gleeful sound recalls Tiny Tim or Jimmy Buffett after a helium-sucking contest.

Allison Olassa plays a sort of timeless music that’s as free and loose as Gillian Welch. Her songs are made of the stuff that Walnut Valley Festival regulars adore: earthy melodies, slice-of-life lyrics, plucky instrumentation, and a voice that sticks to your soul.

Listen to our podcast preview of this show, featuring an interview with Miss Allison Olassa.


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