SFF presents AJ Lee & Blue Summit


Last updated 10/10/2023 at 11:20am

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AJ Lee & Blue Summit will play The Belfry in Sisters on November 15.

Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) presents a concert with California bluegrass band AJ Lee & Blue Summit at The Belfry in Sisters on Wednesday, November 15.

Drawing from influences such as country, soul, swing, rock, and jam music, the band uses the lens of bluegrass as a vessel through which to express and explore the thread that binds and unifies all great music to create their own unique sound. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 11, at 10 a.m. at https://aftontickets.com/ajlee.

AJ Lee & Blue Summit made their first appearance in Santa Cruz in 2015. Led by singer, songwriter, and mandolinist AJ Lee, the bluegrass band has performed all over the world, but finds home in California's Bay Area. In 2019, they released their debut album, "Like I Used To." Their second full-length project, "I'll Come Back," came out August 2021.

Unlike their first record, which featured experimentation with session musicians and electric instruments, the new project is a pure reflection of the live sound of the group, hearkening back to their acoustic roots. Each band member performs at their peak, and the variety of songs on the record caters to their broad fan base. Certain tracks ("Put Your Head Down," and "Faithful") fall more in the classic bluegrass realm of songwriting, while others ("Lemons and Tangerines" and "I'll Come Back") fall into that hard-to-define realm of acoustic Americana that blends mesmerizing lyricism and acoustic mastery.

Although falling loosely under the bluegrass label, the band generally plays without banjo, with Sullivan Tuttle and Scott Gates on steel- stringed acoustic guitars, AJ on mandolin, Jan Purat on fiddle, and Chad Bowen on upright bass - a configuration used to create unique space and texture in the arrangements.

The concert will be held at The Belfry, 302 E. Main Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 for adults and $15 for youth. Artist and ticket information can be found at http://www.sistersfolkfestival.org. This is a general admission, all-ages show. Beverages will be available for purchase; no outside food or beverages permitted in the venue. Follow @SistersFolkFestival on Instagram and Facebook for updates and additional information.


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