The GAIA Projects Presents the Greencards

Ever heard of the Greencards? If you haven’t, you should. And when better to do so, then see them play live tonight? The Greencards, which started in 2002, have been nominated for three Grammy awards, and toured with many well-known musicians such as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

Time Magazine describes their music as “laid-back tunes that land in the sweet spot halfway between Americana and bluegrass.” They have also occupied the number one spot on the “Billboard” Bluegrass Chart. In 2006, the Greencards also won New and Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Honors & Awards.

The Greendcards’ performance is being put on by the GAIA project. The GAIA Project is an organization dedicated to “open people up to root music,” said Ben DeBalbo, the head of the project. DeBalbo described root music as styles that originated from the Americas including genres such as traditional jazz, folk, latin, and jug band. The project brings in artists and schedules concerts for the Great Northwest, and also holds a roots music festival in Ashland in the spring. Performers include groups as well-known as the Greencards to up and coming artists just getting their start.

DeBalbo saw the Greencards playing in Santa Barbra, and really enjoyed their performance. He was able to bring them to Oregon while booking the Shook Twins, who will also be playing in Ashland this upcoming February.

The Greencards will be playing tonight, Oct. 18, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for seats in the front of the auditorium cost $27, and tickets for the back half of the auditorium are $24.