By RICK BROWN, Yard Light Media
LOOMIS – Jacob Jeanson describes his band in two words: Folk grass.
“We tell stories and talk songs on stage,” he said from his Southern California home. “Our group has a mandolin, a banjo, a cello, a guitar and a double bass. I think the instruments help define the music. I mean, these are some of the most folkloric instruments out there; it’s a bunch of stringed instruments and harmonies.
Without these specific instruments, Jeanson doubts he can get the sound he wants.
“A banjo, cello, and guitar usually produce one type of sound,” he said.
Jeanson grew up listening to The Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Crosby, Stills and Nash. He found himself drawn to the harmonies of these groups.
“And I like the dynamics,” he added. “I like to go up in energy and then down in energy.”
Jeanson’s band The Riverside will be stopping over in central Nebraska for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on September 10 at The Balcony in Loomis as part of the Rehmsworld concert series. Tickets cost $ 20.
Jeanson finds himself drawn to small, intimate performances often referred to as house concerts or listening concerts.
“Sometimes we have up to 100 people all gathered for a listening concert,” he said. “I think that’s why we like to do it. We don’t like people talking or being loud during shows because we want to share our music with you. Usually house concerts and listening rooms are the best place to play.