Cali Roots Pop Band Front Country Returns to Riverdog Barn

Thu 6/13 @ 7:30PM

San Francisco Bay area quintet Front Country have been a frequent visitor to this area, playing such roots/Americana-oriented venues as Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall, Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Happy Days Lodge, and Oberlin’s Riverdog Barn, where they return this week for their third visit.

The group 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 2017’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.”

Admission is $17 at the gate; full-time students are $5. Lorenzo’s wood-fired oven will be onsite with $9 pies, but you’re welcome to bring your own picnic basket and cooler.

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