FY5 bring American roots music to The Palms on Friday, June 21

FY5 will perform at The Palms Playhouse for the first time on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21 ($12 with student ID).
FY5—(from left) Ryan Drickey (fiddle), Rich Zimmerman (mandolin), Mike Finders (guitar), Aaron Youngberg (banjo) and Erin Youngberg (bass)—will bring bluegrass and Americana to The Palms in Winters on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21 ($12 with student ID). Scott McCormick/Courtesy photo

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Colorado’s FY5 proudly swim in the deep currents of American music to play classic bluegrass, tried-and-true honky-tonk, country swing and skillfully spun folk tales. While their sound evokes timelessness, a decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility informs their songwriting. FY5 will perform at The Palms Playhouse for the first time on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21 ($12 with student ID). Their tunes draw on the bumps, bruises and laugh lines earned when we find ourselves in the bogs of back roads, dive bars, and long, lonesome nights. Musicians with a palpable sense of place, the members of FY5 are all veterans of the vibrant Colorado Front Range acoustic music scene. Two-time MerleFest songwriting competition winner in the gospel and bluegrass categories, Mike Finders has an arresting and emotive stage presence. The principal songwriter and guitarist, his finely honed storytelling forms the bulk of the band’s cannon. Erin Youngberg (“E”) provides a muscular bass and beautiful, world-wise vocals, while husband Aaron Youngberg (“AA”) plays a mean banjo and seductive pedal steel. Both were founding members of the Hit & Run Bluegrass Band, which won the band competitions at RockyGrass in 2002 and Telluride in 2003. E has also performed and recorded with the all-women bluegrass band Uncle Earl. Mandolinist Rich Zimmerman and fiddler Ryan Drickey complete the quintet. Zimmerman was a founder of the innovative acoustic Boulder band Slipstream. Drickey’s chameleonic fiddling has earned him a RockyGrass fiddle competition win and marked him as a much-sought-after session player for the likes of Matt Flinner and Michelle Shocked. Together on stage, FY5 possess an undeniable chemistry and spark. Marked by a strong rapport with the audience, their performances feature precision picking, soaring harmonies and joyful, energetic choreography centered around an old-school single microphone setup. The emotional richness of their music shows on their four albums, the most recent of which is 2018’s “The Way These Things Go,” and their concerts. Heartbreakers slip in between anthemic glass-raisers. Driving tales of working men and women shimmy alongside wryly humorous numbers. Quick-witted stage banter keeps folks laughing, and tightly wound instrumental breakdowns keep dancers on their toes. The quintet’s brand of classic yet contemporary acoustic roots music has won them accolades and honors, such as being a showcasing artist at Folk Alliance International, and selection as an official showcasing artist at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass conference in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets are available at Armadillo Music in Davis, Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out.For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and fy5band.com.]]>

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