Chasing Blue came together in the fall of '08 at a bluegrass ensemble at Berklee College of Music. Band members hail from across the United States and Canada, and now reside in Boston, MA and gig heavily in the New England festival circuit. Chasing Blue is plays a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Original material holds true to the bluegrass tradition but strong lyrical ideas and progressive musical ideas make the Chasing Blue sound.
The diversity in musical backgrounds of Chasing Blue members allows the band to cross genres and play swing, jazz, classical and classic country.
Notable venues Chasing Blue has played:
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Master's Tent, NY, '10 '11
Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, MA, '09,'10, '11
Threadgills, TX, '10, '11
Momo's, TX, '11
Continental Club, TX, '11
Podunk Bluegrass Festival/Band Competition, CT, '10
IBMA Showcase, TN, '09
North Shore Folk Festival, MA, '10
Down East Country Festival, ME '10
The Music Barn, NB Canada, '10
Threadgills, TX '10
FOX News Austin, TX, '10
KUT Folkways Radio, TX, '10
International Folk Festival, Berklee Performance Centre, MA, '10
Berklee Encore Scholarship Gala, MA, '10
Cafe 939, MA, '10
Start on the Street, MA '09
Suzanne Oleson- mandolin, vocals. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Suzanne now attends Berklee College of Music where she majors in Professional Music with an emphasis on songwriting and music business. She began playing the mandolin at the age of 12 and has been lucky enough to study with world-renowned musicians including: Darol Anger, John McGann, and Eugene Friesen. She has also been honored to share the stage with the California Guitar Trio, Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines, Billy Bright, The Two High String Band, and Bert Lams & Tom Griesgraber.
Maggie MacKay- banjo.Maggie is the first female principle banjo player to graduate from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music with an emphasis on songwriting and performing. A Nova Scotia native, now residing in Boston, Maggie fuses her maritime influences with blues, rock, and traditional bluegrass. She has released a short EP produced by Special Consensus' Ryan Roberts and is currently recording a full-length solo album of original tunes featuring Ron Stewart, Steve Thomas, Shad Cobb, and David Thomas.
Mike Reese- guitar, vocals. Michael Reese was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he learn the bluegrass tradition from his father and mother " Larry and Cindy Reese". At fourteen he was excepted into the School for Creative and Performing Arts were he studied jazz guitar, and orchestral percussion. Michael and his parents, started a family bluegrass band called "NewClover", where Mike played the 5 string banjo. Mike donated his time and talents along with his family to play at The Clovernook Center for the blind and Visually Impaired in Cincinnati, as well as Miami White Water Senior Center. Mike recorded and produced two bluegrass albums over a three year period.
Alex Muri- bass. Alex hails from a small farm in Sudbury, MA and began playing bass at the age of six when he started studying classical music with his school orchestra. He is now the principal bassist in the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with many notable musicians including Mark O'Connor. He is now studying jazz, celtic, and bluegrassstyles and is pursuing a degree in Music Therapy. Alex plays an NS Design Bass.
"Chasing Blue was an absolute pleasure to deal with, and did a great job. Would hire them again without hesitation."
- Steve Z.
Wedding Reception in Groton, MA on 11/03/2012
"We thoroughly enjoyed working with and having Chasing Blue Band play at our wedding. The members of the band are extremely talented and friendly, and our guests loved their music (especially those who were more familiar with bluegrass). If you are in need of a bluegrass band in the Boston area, we would highly recommend that you consider this band. "
- Eli M.
Wedding Reception in Monson, MA on 08/04/2012
"Chasing Blue are professional, talented, but above all a great bunch of people. They were a pleasure to deal with, and would recommend them not only for anyone's event but to catch them live when they play near you!!!! "
- Jon P.
Wedding Ceremony in Marlborough, CT on 09/17/2011
"Chasing Blue did an awesome job. They arrived early. They were very friendly and got rave reviews by all of our guests on their talent level. Only drawback is we would have loved to have had them for the entire evening. They played expertly and helped get the crowd into the theme of the event. Maggie even let our nephew help her string her banjo. The wedding was a complete success and Chasing Blue played a HUGE part in it. If anyone is looking for a young, talented band with enthusiam and charisma to boot then this is the band for you. I promise that you wont be disappointed."
In addition to Boston, Chasing Blue Band will also travel to Braintree, Cambridge, Newton, Readville, Brookline Village, Medford, Randolph, Milton, Quincy, Wallaston, Watertown, West Medford, Weymouth, Arlington Heights, Holbrook, Melrose, Nonantum, North Quincy, Waverley, Dorchester, East Weymouth, Hyde Park, Mattapan, North Weymouth, Oakdale, South Weymouth, Waltham, Babson Park, Avon, Canton
and many other locations in and around the Boston area.
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