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Ryan Shupe and The RubberBand in Concert

July 27, 2012     7:30 p.m.     Fairgrounds Arena     All Seats $6.00

Fairgrounds - 475 S Main (Exit #257) Click Here for Map

Please join us for our inaugural concert in our brand new Fairgrounds Arena! Fiesta Days Committee is excited to be hosting local artists: Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand for this signature event. With tickets priced at a reasonable $6.00, we hope you will consider bringing the entire family. All seats will have a great view of the performance.

Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand

THE BAND

The five man band, hailing from the Salt Lake City, Utah, is a breath of fresh air in an age where much of the music is over-produced, "practically to death," and their organic approach to performing has built them quite a following, not only through the West but around the rest of the country as well. Lead singer Ryan Shupe originally formed the band as an outlet for his songwriting but it soon took on a life all its own, becoming bigger than anything he could have originally imagined.

A descendent from a long line of fiddle players, (he's the fifth generation to play,) Shupe has been playing violin nearly as long as he could walk. His father assembled a group of young children, to play and tour professionally, and called them the PeeWee Pickers. This was when Ryan was still under the age of 10. He continued to play in bands all through school. In college, weary of starting bands only to have someone drop out, he ingeniously decided to form a loose outfit of musicians known as the RubberBand, where members could drop in and out at will and he would have a rotating group from which to pull when he needed them. However, one by one, the musicians began to stick and their cohesiveness fueled their musical fires until they became regional favorites. Most of the members had known each other from the area circuit before they joined Shupe in the RubberBand.

Comprised of Shupe (fiddle, guitar, ukulele, lead vocals), Roger Archibald (guitar, vocals), Ryan Tilby (bass guitar, vocals), Craig Miner (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, vocals), and Bart Olson (drums), the band's music has been described as "a breathtaking blast of manic musical virtuosity." It certainly is an eclectic mix of several acoustic musical genres, leaning heaviest on country and bluegrass...

Signing initially with Capitol Records, they made the well-received album, Dream Big, released in 2005 and produced by Jason Deere. That album produced the hit single "Dream Big" which was used as the theme song for NBC's prime-time show, "Three Wishes", hosted by Amy Grant.

DREAM BIG is this year's Fiesta Days Theme, used of course with permission of Ryan Shupe. It is the hope of the Fiesta Days Committee 2012 that all of your big dreams come to fruition-just keep working at them.

See you at the concert....Purchase your tickets now.

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