Live in the Garage with Steep Ravine Feb 9th @ 8:00pm
Steep Ravine is a Northern California bluegrass and folk quartet noted for its dynamic acoustic sound, original songwriting, close vocal harmonies, and string-playing virtuosity. The band is composed of Simon Linsteadt on guitar and vocals, Jan Purat on violin, Andy O’Brien on mandolin and vocals, and Alex Bice on upright bass and vocals. Simon and Jan began playing together in a folk band in high school, spending many a lunch hour busking on the streets of San Rafael, California. Together they moved on to UC Santa Cruz where they fortuitously met Andy and Alex, UCSC graduates and seasoned bluegrass musicians, during a jam at Andy’s house near campus in the sleepy coastal town. Steep Ravine draws their influences from far and wide, including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Neil Young, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli to name a few. The band’s collective abilities cross multiple musical genres, bringing a fresh, distinctive sound to original tunes and arrangements alike.