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Plate Scrapers bring bluegrass sound to Johnstown

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Maryland-based string band The Plate Scrapers are scheduled to perform at the Venue of Merging Arts on March 5. Supper Break String Band, of Greensburg, will open the show.

The Plate Scrapers perform a mix of originals as well covers, including bluegrass favorites. The band consists of Evan Bell (upright bass), Brett Kretzer (mandolin and vocals) Derek Kretzer (banjo and vocals) and Andrew Jordan (guitar and vocals).

“I know there are a lot of folks in town who appreciate bluegrass, and newgrass, and string bands, and I hope they make it out to check out The Plate Scrapers,” said event organizer Micah Mood. “They’re a really energetic band, great singers and instrumentalists.”

The Plate Scrapers released their debut studio album, “Contact,” last February.

“I like their album, and I really like the two live albums that they have on Bandcamp,” said Mood, a member of local Americana band Striped Maple Hollow. “The live sets are full of energy, and all their recordings are a great blending of their bluegrass, blues, folk, old-time, jam and jazz influences.”

Mood said he’s happy that Supper Break String Band will open the show.

“I was really glad they’re able to come out,” he said. “I think they’ll both make for a great evening of music, rooted in bluegrass, but with a great appreciation for all sorts of styles of music.”

Supper Break String Band from Greensburg is known for playing a combination of blues, bluegrass, folk and rock ‘n’ roll music.

Doors for the all-ages, BYOB show open at 6:30 p.m. with the music to start at 7 p.m.

“As always, I love the intimate setting at VOMA,” Mood said. “It always makes for a great night of music. We’ve been doing a lot of the bluegrass shows with the bands playing around a single mic, and personally I think that makes for a really fun, entertaining time for both the band and the audience.”

VOMA is located at 305 Chestnut St. in Cambria City. For more information about this show or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.thevoma.com/tickets/ online. 

THE PLATE SCRAPERS

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‘Contact’
11 songs, 36 minutes
Self-released (2015)

Late summer, at this moment, may feel like it’s years away.

But if you’re a fan of sweet string band melodies, you have something to look forward to with the Windber Bluegrass Festival. The Plate Scrapers are rumored to be in this year’s lineup. And “Contact,” their new release, is ideal listening for those warm and breezy days we should be enjoying several months from now.

This Maryland-based group features mandolin licks that could make David Grisman grin. Most impressive is the interplay between instruments — an organic-sounding combination of string sounds that carries the music below the melodies of the vocalists.

To hear these guys for yourself, visit theplatescrapers.com. Then cross your fingers that they’re indeed heading to Windber this summer, and clear your schedule.

-@BruceJSiwy