Bluegrass and beyond
Born out of a need for bluegrass in the Chelsea area, and a weekly gig at the Chelsea Alehouse, Thunderwüde (a name coined by Fred VanReesma) became a band after a series of sessions done by Jason Dennie, George Merkel and Wes Fritzemeier at the Alehouse. First starting as mostly a traditional bluegrass outfit, the project morphed into playing originals from Jason as well as current pop hits in a bluegrass style. The repertoire expanded to range from Bill Monroe to Townes Van Zandt to some choice selections from blockbuster hits. Asked to define their style, they say, "Bluegrass Funkgrass Slamgrass Fungrass. Sometimes we take the grass out and are just a BlueFunkSlamFun band." The Chelsea House Orchestra, Chelsea High School's crack string ensemble, opens the evening, bringing Celtic with a kick!