Custer’s Grass BandHometown: Spokane
Music Genre: Bluegrass
Bio: Custer’s Grass Band formed in 1973, thought to be the first bluegrass band organized east of the Cascade Mountains. In 1976, the band reportedly pressed the first bluegrass album ever recorded in the Pacific Northwest. The album included special guest (and three-time world champion fiddler) Mark O’Connor. In 1978, the band was included in a recording featuring renowned bluegrass artists Byron Berline, Mark O’Connor and Sam Bush. After touring colleges and festivals in the 1980s and ‘90s, the band broke up briefly but reunited to tour the Northwest in 2009 with a tribute to Flatt and Scrugg classics performed in their traditional form.
Unusual Fact: The band retains all of its original members from 1973.
Members: Bob Asbury, guitar; Chris Prumers, banjo; Les Panther, mandolin; Dave Hackwith, upright bass; new addition Andre Vachon, Dobro guitar.
Gig: Valley Bluegrass Stage, also featuring the Brad Keeler Trio; Kevin Pace and the Early Edition; Higher Ground; and the Lightening Bugs.
When: Saturday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music starts at 7.
Location: Clarkston High School auditorium, Clarkston
Admission: $5, children younger than 10 admitted free with an adult. !