Fruition to bring bluegrass to Emerald on Jan. 4

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerJanuary 4, 2013 

A hot bluegrass band from Portland called Fruition makes a stop in Richland on Jan. 4 at the Emerald of Siam restaurant and lounge in the Uptown Shopping Center off Jadwin Avenue.

And this is one night of music you won't want to miss because Fruition is going places, said Emerald co-owner Dara Quinn.

"The Tri-Cities is lucky to have this band come play our intimate venue as they vault into mega-stardom on the jam band bluegrass scene," Quinn said. "They'll most likely be too big for our venue within the coming months. The band has really high energy and have played major venues like the Crystal Ballroom, The Roseland Theater, The Wonder Ballroom and the Doug Fir Lounge, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and the Tractor Tavern in Seattle."

Fruition is made up of lead singer Kellen Asebroek, Mimi Naja on mandolin, Jay Cobb Anderson on lead guitar, Tyler Thompson on drums and Keith Simon on bass.

Michael Christianson, a spokesman for Fruition, said the band is not your old-school bluegrass band, but part of the new crop of musicians who are building a new generation of American roots music.

"Their instruments look bluegrassy but they are as likely to be influenced by 1970s soft rock or Miles Davis as they are Flatt & Scruggs," he said. "They don't make much of the distinctions between various styles. It is all one big well to draw from, and they can piece together the parts as they please."

There's also a folk or roots music resurgence the band is more than happy to be a part of, Asebroek said via email.

"It's a hybrid of the old good stuff. It's getting away from pop and getting back to the roots," he said. 'The stuff on the surface of the music world is pretty bad. But a lot of fans and musicians anted to get back to playing real, honest music that comes from the heart."

And nothing captures the soul of an audience more than when you spill your guts and sing from the heart, he added.

The concert starts at 9 p.m. and is open to the 21-and-older crowd only. Cover is $7.

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