It will be the last hurrah for the fall season of the Americana Showcase concert series when American Scarecrows and Six Mile Grove put on a two-for-one concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Rochester Civic Theatre.
The Rochester-based Six Mile Grove is well-known to showcase fans, not only for their music but as the inspiration for the concerts series. But it will be the first performance in Rochester for the American Scarecrows, whose second album, “Yesteryear,” was hailed as a sign of an up-and-coming band coming into its own.
“(‘Yesteryear’) is loaded with polished, radio-friendly jangle-rock of the BoDeans variety, but there’s also a nice sprinkling of the violin- and pedal-steel-tinged country-rock and rowdy Gaslight Anthem-style anthemic garage-rock,” said the Star Tribune last year.
The three-member band features singer and guitarist Seth Davin, Matthew Broadbent on bass and Allen Maier on drums. Unlike previous concerts where one band opens for the headliner, this one is being promoted as a co-bill and an order hadn’t yet been decided, said Six Mile Grove guitarist John Wheeler.
As for Six Mile Grove, “I think the audience can expect one Christmas song done Six Mile-style and a continuation of new music,” Wheeler said. In the last concert, Six Mile opted for spontaneity by writing a song on stage with audience input, and “it was probably the best song we did all night,” he said.
Looking back on the fall season, Wheeler called it a “crowd-pleaser overall.” Before the season began, Wheeler and Six Mile Grove lead singer Brandon Sampson had rededicated themselves to the idea of introducing bands that were new to the Rochester audience. And that will be a focus of the spring season as well.
“I think the idea of bring new artists to the series was very well accepted,” Wheeler said.
If there was a hiccup, it was the sudden cancellation of Dead Man Winter due to illness last month. But Wheeler said he is hoping to reschedule the band’s lead singer, David Simonette, for a future date.
“Having the cancellation took it off the top spot of being the best season (we’ve had), but we are planning to continue along the lines” of bringing new groups to the area, he said.
The Rochester Civic Theatre’s lobby bar opens at 6:30 p.m; Americana Showcase starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 in advance and $24 at the door.