In addition to being a favorite local watering hole, the Chelsea Alehouse serves up a heaping helping of down home bluegrass music.
Not only does Chelsea Alehouse in Chelsea, Michigan brew up some fine beers and make some tasty food, they also bring in outstanding musical talent ranging from folk to funk. On Wednesday nights, they invite some of the best bluegrass musicians to storm the stage.
As folks are quickly filling up the tables and enjoying a locally brewed beer, Jason Dennie (mandolin) and Mark Lavengood (dobro) round-up their Bluegrass Bonanza and get the show hopping. The Bluegrass Bonanza includes Spencer Cain (bass), Kyle Rhodes (guitar), and Keith Bilik (banjo). A few people recognize Keith, Spencer, and Mark from Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellyâ€™s.
The Bluegrass Bonanza plays a tantalizing mix of original and cover tunes, including Bruce Springsteenâ€™s “Hungry Heart.” Each song is bursting with love and life. You can see the passion flowing from each musician as they trade off on wild runs. Feet are tapping, hands are clapping, and smiles are across the board.
Mark Lavengood and Jason Dennie alternate on vocal duties. They both have voices that capture the rich tonality of bluegrass and country music. Each has their own style and when blended with backing from Kyle Rhodes, they resonate with glory.
It is a treat to see incredibly talented musicians playing the music they love with a fistful of gusto. The unbridled delight of artists relishing their craft is a marvel to behold. You can experience this yourself by going to see the Bluegrass Bonanza with Jason Dennie and Mark Lavengood at the Chelsea Alehouse on Wednesday nights through November 2015.