Alpenglow: We Banjo 3
08 | 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Alpenglow is back and better than ever! Join us for the 30th summer of our free, community concert series.
Rain or shine, music starts at 5:30. Bring a chair, a blanket, and your dancing shoes! Local food vendors and a bar will be available at every concert to create the perfect picnic.
Please no dogs, no outside alcohol, and no glass. Please do not dump ice onto Town Park! Take the bus or ride your bike – it’s good for the planet! If you do drive, please park at Crested Butte Community School or at the 4-way Stop.
Vendor’s this week: Log Dawg Weiner Wagon, The Divvy, + Third Bowl Ice Cream
This week’s concert in the series is We Banjo 3!
Debuting in the U.S. in 2012, We Banjo 3 has since emerged as fast-rising touring darlings in the country
that two of the members now call home. The Galway, Ireland, and Nashville-based quartet––comprised of
two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley––continually push musical
boundaries while maintaining an unwavering devotion to the essential audience experience. WB3
seamlessly converge the shared and varied traditions of Americana, Bluegrass, and Celtic music with pop-
sensible songcraft to create a truly unique and gratifying signature sound. Brilliantly commanded
instruments––banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and percussion––effortlessly elevate lead singer David
Howley’s propulsive voice. Live on stage, their songs carry the listener along until, at the perfect moment,
the band crescendos into catchy choruses with pitch perfect harmonies. We Banjo 3 deliver their music
with such palpable rapport, stunning precision, and infectious energy, it’s impossible to pigeonhole what
kind of listener might suddenly consider themselves a WB3 fan. With recent stunning performances at
such broad ranging festivals Merlefest, BottleRock, Summercamp, ROMP, Wintergrass and others,
enthusiasts of almost every genre of music are taking notice.
Actor/comedian and musician Steve Martin says of the band, “We Banjo 3…are making waves…here in
America. They are playing the banjo in a style that I didn’t even know could be played like that.” Northwest
Cultural Blog said, “There are few adjectives left to describe the authenticity and the electrifying experience
you get when you first see/hear We Banjo 3 live on stage…It’s the incorporation of each and every one of
its members, their individual charisma, their energy, their passion and their very soul, that makes them one
of the greatest live musical acts the world has to offer today.”
We Banjo 3 released their 6th CD, Roots To Rise Live, in July of 2019 in conjunction of the band’s summer
and fall 2019 U.S. tours. Recorded at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the CD features a mix of original
material, traditional compositions, select cover songs, and two previously unreleased tunes. The CD
debuted at the beginning of August at # 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart spending 4 weeks in the
peak position. The band’s 2018 studio recording, Haven, spent 3 weeks at # 1 on that chart, marking the
first time an Irish band held the # 1 position on this chart. When Haven re-entered the chart at # 5 in August
2019, joining Roots To Rise Live at the #1 position, WB3 made history again as the only Irish band to hold
two top-5 chart positions simultaneously. Of Roots To Rise Live, Songlines Magazine reviewed “…this
album by Celtgrass pioneers We Banjo 3 scorches its way through a rollercoaster set colliding their native
Galway heritage with liberal helpings of blistering bluegrass and a telling nod to pop music.”