Progressive blues group Badger Mountain Dry Band to perform at Powerhouse Theatre


WALLA WALLA — Badger Mountain Dry Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 19 at Gesa Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave. The band is part of The Direct Current concert series showcasing local talent.

Formed in 1991, Badger Mountain Dry Band is a Tri-Cities progressive bluegrass band that uses acoustic and bluegrass instruments to arrange traditional and popular music. This “new grass” approach puts a bluegrass spin on rock music ranging from The Beatles and The Grateful Dead to U2.

Years ago, one of the band members was at a dinner party when a Frenchman asked him what kind of music he played. When told it was acoustic music, the Frenchman gave a knowing nod and said, “Oh yes, dry music.” This was the impetus for the band’s name.

In addition to playing many concerts, community events and regional festivals, the band has produced two albums: “Badger Mountain Dry Band” (2006) and “Stayin’ Dry” (2010).

Made up of John April on vocals, banjo and guitar; Joe Smart on vocals, guitar and fiddle; Jim Honeyman on vocals and mandolin; Chuck Peden on vocals and guitar; and Kurt Gustafson on stand-up bass, Badger Mountain Dry Band claims that although many people may not initially be attracted to bluegrass, “when they hear us, their view immediately changes.”

The Direct Current concert series lineup will continue through December. All Direct Current concerts are age 21 and over.

General admission tickets are $10 and are available for purchase online at, the box office at 509-529-6500, or at the door. Beer and wine will be available during each show.


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