From traditional bluegrass to contemporary improv jamming, Papa String uses unconventional instrumentation to create an ever-changing, spontaneous, and unpredictable sensory experience
Starting in the summer of 2003, Papa String Band member Brett Mello,and friends started playing music on the rocks of the Saluda River. Many would gather 'round to listen to their new take on ol' time bluegrass. In May of 2004, he decided to take the act to local bars and restaurants. The Papa String Band was born and has been performing ever since.The band's lineup has expanded to include: LJ Errante, on maondolin and vocals; bass player, Gary Bishop; percussionist, Jackson Wools; harmonica player and vocalist, Mike Fore; and Matt Fenech on drum kit and vocals.. This combination of unconventional instrumentation allowed the band to push beyond bluegrass, opening the doors for new experimentation and endless musical possibilities. The Papa String Band's "signature blend" of music is infused with the influences of blues, bluegrass, jazz, psychedelic, jam and funk.Their music has been described as "Americana," "Jam," and even "Southern fried Grateful Dead." Papa String just calls it, "Funky Newgrass Honk." This is music that captures all ages and leaves fans with a smile on their face.The Papa String Band has evolved into an ever-changing, spontaneous, and unpredictable sensory experience, so "kick off your shoes, and hold on to your booze" cause the Papa String Band's coming to town!
We play regularly throughout Columbia, and sometimes in Charleston. We've played The Vista Lights, Free Times Music Crawl, and soon. The 3 Rivers Music Festival.
Our musical influences include:
Grateful Dead, Newgrass Revival, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Del McCoury, David "Dawg" Grisman, String Cheese Incident, moe., Simon & Garfunkel, the Beatles, Allman Brothers, Phish, Jimmi Hendrix, Ricky Scaggs, Bill Monroe....ect., ect., ect........
equipment that makes noise.
We love to spread/receive positive energy!