Fusing hip-hop and bluegrass, Ganstagrass will bring its original sound to The Winthrop Barn on Saturday (Dec. 3) for a performance and dance party hosted by Methow Arts.
Gangstagrass has toured internationally with a spontaneous show that destroys the boundaries between musical genres.
“Gangstagrass fuses string instruments with hip-hop artists, resulting in arguably the best argument yet for a rap and country music marriage,” according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Rench, the founder and producer of Gangstagrass, says, “Banjos and rappers shouldn’t sound this good together. But they do.”
The band drew attention and praise when their song, “Long Hard Times to Come,” became the opening theme song for the long-running series “Justified” on FX Network. The song was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010.
Gangstagrass features MCs R-SON and Dolio the Sleuth trading verses, Dan Whitener on banjo, Brian Farrow on fiddle, Rench on guitar and beats, and frequent three-part harmonies.
Their 2020 album, “No Time for Enemies,” rose to the top of the Billboard bluegrass charts. “No Time for Enemies takes you for a ride through the hoods and hollers while having a sweat of a good time,” according to Ganstagrass’ website bio.
The show starts at 7 p.m. and audience members must be 18 or older (bring ID). Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door and $30 for reserved seating.
Reserved seating will be a little farther away from the stage than usual to make sure there is plenty of room for dancing, Methow Arts says. Reserved seating is also available in the balcony. Tickets can be purchased online at methowarts.org or at Methow Arts headquarters in Twisp.