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Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys coming

February 28, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

CHESTER - Tickets currently are on sale for the next concert on March 19, sponsored by the Oak Glen Middle School Culture Club, featuring the "rootsgrass" sounds of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys.

The band will perform on the middle school stage beginning at 7 p.m. Opening the show will be Doug and Dave, well-known local acoustic artists, plus a preview performance from the cast of the Culture Club Players' spring musical.

Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys has jumped into the forefront of today's progressive roots music movement. Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. Instrumentally, they can turn on a dime, their arrangements showing a well-developed taste in music based on bluegrass traditions but frequently dipping into swing jazz and popular song craft. The band's sound is deftly guided by the clarion vocals of lead singer Lindsay Lou.

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The modern bluegrass band Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys will be coming to the Oak Glen Middle School on March 19 as part of the Oak Glen Middle School Culture Club’s performance series. -- Contributed

Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys' new album, "Release Your Shrouds," marks a remarkable step forward and that's thanks in part to the relationship between Lindsay Lou and Joshua Rilko, which blossomed in their college days, and, with their recent marriage, now forms the core of the band.

Rilko plays mandolin and vocal harmonies. On "Wonderful You Are," bass player Spencer Cain shines in a duet with Lou's Billie Holiday-like vocals, while dobro player Mark Lavengood brings the fire on "Lemon Squeezy." Keith Billick's banjo playing is rooted in the classic driving bluegrass sound but also brings a level of sophistication to the less traditional numbers, such as the instrumental track "Barbarossa." Lou's songs are fully crafted stories, often based on real-life experiences with lovely hooks and choruses. For information on the band, go to

Advance tickets for Lindsay Lou are $5 for students and $8 for adults, and all tickets will be $10 at the door. No mail orders will be accepted, and all advance tickets must be purchased at the school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling (304) 374-7474 Checks should be made payable to the OGMS Culture Club.

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