Americana bands to rock the Panida

By McCalee Cain
Reader Intern

This weekend, Sandpoint will get a taste of one of today’s burgeoning music genres:  Americana. This fresh genre is distinguished by a blend of folk music encapsulating the musical ethos of the United States, especially influenced by country, blues, and rock and roll flavors.

Serving it up will be The Two Tracks, a four-piece group hailing from Wyoming. The fast-growing group is rising in the Americana scene, with a unique sound featuring influences from traditional bluegrass, rock and country. The Two Tracks consists of Julie Szewc on vocals and acoustic guitar, David Huebner on cello and electric guitar, Fred Serna on drums and percussion, and Aaron Ashear on bass. The quartet are venturing up to Northern Idaho for the first time to share an authentic sampling of the Americana genre for anyone hungry for a hot take on folk music. They’ve performed at an array of festivals including Red Ants Pants Music Festival, Beartrap Summer Festival, NewWestFest, the Big Horn Mountain Festival, Evanston Bluegrass Festival, and the Sioux River Folk Festival. They will be playing some tunes from their latest album, “Postcard Town”, which is available on iTunes.

Opening for The Two Tracks will be the Montana three-piece band Moonshine Mountain, also making their Sandpoint debut. Moonshine Mountain is recognized for their upbeat and danceable music that consistently gets audiences up and on their feet. The high-energy Americana outfit has opened for a variety of bands, such as the Lil Smokies, Fruition, Trampled by Turtles, and Yarn (just to name a few).

The show shall be hosted by the Panida, and is slated to begin at 6:30, and doors open an hour prior. Tickets are available at the door, as well as at Eichardt’s, Evan’s Brothers, and 7B Grooves.

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