Georgia Rae Family Band, byerSelf
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Georgia Rae Family Band
Two sisters from the midwest, Georgia Rae and Kelly Jo have grown into quite a songwriting team since they began playing together at age 12 and 15. Their sound has grown from the traditional into contemporary Americana flavored with family harmony and youthful energy. 7 time state fiddle champion Georgia Rae and sister lead singer/uke Kelly Jo, are joined by a solid driving rhythm “punk rockin’ momma” on guitar, Joe Burie on bass and Laura Lanza on mandolin. They have been pedaling their recent CDs, "Into Our Own" and "Wingin' It" from Texas to MN and WI, and as east as NC. Their original songs are clever and catchy and evoke good vibes all around.
Despite its moniker, byerSelf is more than your typical solo project; it will redefine what you thought the cello was capable of with its mesmerizing blend of modern covers and catchy originals. byerSelf is the pseudonym of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Greg Byers. The first jazz/classical cellist/bassist to graduate from the University of Miami, Greg's pioneering musical style focuses on modern styles, improvisation, and integrating technology. Greg has performed and recorded with diverse artists such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Raquel Sofia, Kat Perkins, VocalEssence, Dr. John, Steve Miller, Omar Rodríguez-López and Davina and the Vagabonds.
Armed with only his voice, electric cello and pedalboard, byerSelf uses live looping to create a lush backdrop or an infectious groove. Every performance, Greg amazes the audience with his instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt vocals. His charisma and on-stage energy guarantee an engaging, interactive show for fans of all ages and musical tastes.
byerSelf recorded and released 3 music videos in 2018; after two successful tours of the Midwest & Great Lakes, he is headed to Miami and San Francisco in 2019. The tours include individualized performances at clubs, college campuses, music festivals, and performing arts centers. The tours also include clinics and workshops for young string musicians, where Greg helps the next generation of musicians unlock their creative potential.
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409