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Finnders and Youngberg Band brings Americana-Bluegrass to the Wieting this Friday

June 27, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Marshalltown native Mike Finders and Erin Youngberg, who has some Iowa roots as well, are bringing their acoustic five-piece band to the Wieting Theatre this Friday evening as part of their Iowa tour of the Finnders and Youngberg Band. They play their own unique blend described as "Americana-Bluegrass' with many original selections.

The show is at 7 p.m. at the Wieting with tickets available at the door.

The Colorado-based group is playing the "Iowa Oprah House Project" route under the direction of it's founder, Sam Knutson of Iowa City. Some of the proceeds go to the Wieting Restoration fund.

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Billed as an Americana-Bluegrass group, Finnders and Youngberg bring this group of talented musicians to the Wieting Theatre stage this Friday night.
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Described as "a vertible variety of voices and stories assembled together in an American West front-range melting pot" the group has brought raves and its members are award winners.

Mike Finders mother, Diane Finders Upah, lives in Marshalltown. He's a guitarist and a two-time winner of the Merlefest Songwriting Contest.

Erin Youngberg's parents were both born in Des Moines. She's the bassist and singer in the group. Her husband, Aaron Youngberg, plays pedal steel and banjo and adds to the lead ' harmony vocal with his wife, according to the band's press release.

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WHAT:?Finnders and Youngberg Americana-Bluegrass

WHEN:?Friday, June 28, 7 p.m.

WHERE:?Wieting Theatre, 101 S. Church St., Toledo

Tickets available at the door

Other band members include Rich Zimmerman, mandolin, and Ryan Drickey, strings.

"It's this merging of old and new that keeps their music from being simply a gimmicky restoration of a vintage era, and their original vision has enough distinction that you'll seek this sound out again and again," thier press guide states.

They're called "A truly rootsy musical soup, seasoned and thickened for your enjoyment, each member of the band brings a variety of influences and talent, having seen success in their own right before joining forces."



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