Acoustic Roots Pop Band Front Country Is Back in NE Ohio at Riverdog Barn

Thu 7/12 @ 7:30PM

San Francisco Bay area quintet Front Country calls itself a “roots pop” band, referring to its use of acoustic string instruments with a tuneful pop sound that’s more west coast urban than rural mountain. It’s Americana with a sophisticated sensibility. (Guitarist Jacob Groopman is an Oberlin Conservatory grad). Of course NPR is all over them.

Formed in 2011, the ensemble has released a couple of EPs and a pair of full-lengths, including last year’s Other Love Songs, which featured 8 of 12 songs written by vocalist Melody Walker, two instrumentals by mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz and a pair of covers, including a transformed version of the Carter Family’s “Storms Are on the Ocean.”

The group performed in March at Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall; now they’re back to play at Oberlin’s Riverdog Barn. It’s a $17 suggested donation at the gate; $5 for full-time students. Lorenzo’s pizza will be onsite with $9, but you are welcome to bring a cooler and picnic basket.

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