Preview: The Tillers come to The Hi-Fi


On Saturday, March 31st, The Hi-Fi in Fountain Square, Indianapolis will be welcoming The Tillers to their stage. Joining them for the night will be the band Pert Near Sandstone. If you’re looking for some good Americana and Bluegrass fun, look no further.

The Tillers

The Tillers is an old-time, Americana and Bluegrass string band from Cincinnati, Ohio that formed in 2007. According to their website, “Musically, the band wears many hats. Their sound has proven to be an appropriate fit with a wide range of musical styles- traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and anything else they might run into”.

The Tillers released their debut album “Ludlow Street Rag” in 2008. Since then, they have released five additional albums, as well as some bootleg releases floating around out there. Their most recent album “The Tillers” came out just this year.

Most of The Tillers are multi-instrumentalists, and switch up what instruments they play according to what fits each song. Their members are Michael Oberst (vocals, banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, kazoo), Sean Geil (vocals, guitar dobro, banjo, mandolin), Aaron Geil (vocals, upright bass), and Joe Macheret (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, guitar). You can find out more about The Tillers by visiting their website. You can also find them on Facebook.

Pert Near Sandstone

Pert Near Sandstone is an American string and bluegrass band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They released their debut album “Up and Down the River” in 2007, and over the years released four more. Their most recent, “Discovery of Honey” came out in 2016.

According to the band’s Facebook profile, “The band earned performances everywhere from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival to A Prairie Home Companion, and shared bills on the road with the likes of Trampled By Turtles, Del McCoury, and Yonder Mountain String Band”.

Pert Near Sandstone consists of Nate Sipe (fiddle, mandolin), Kevin Kniebel (clawhammer banjo), J. Lenz (acoustic guitar), Justin Bruhn (upright bass), and Matt Cartier (clogs, fiddle). For more information, you can find Pert Near Sandstone by visiting their website or Facebook page.


The show with The Tillers and Pert Near Sandstone starts at 9:00 pm on Saturday, March 31st. Doors to The Hi-Fi open at 8:00 pm, and tickets are twelve dollars.


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