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Trego coming to rock the Pearl

September 23, 2018
Earlier this year, word came out; "we're changing our name. After seven years playing as Folkinception we've made the decision to continue our musical journey under a new moniker ... Trego."

The Pearl Theater
Over their tenure, the Spokane-based six piece Americana/Rock n' Roll act developed a reputation for notably energetic, highly engaging live performances that showcase the band's tightly woven arrangements, commanding vocal harmonies and heartfelt songwriting. Over time, the music has moved farther away from it's folk origins. The band embraced the new moniker of Trego, named after the small Montana town, which allowed their music to evolve and grow without being tied to a genre.

Yet for the band, long a staple in the music scene throughout the Northwest, it was a fearsome prospect.

"If you include the word 'folk' in your band name, you really can’t be shocked when people assume your band plays folk music," they said in an Inlander interview. "But Folkinception always stretched itself far beyond folk — into tuneful Americana, bluesy rock and rootsy pop — and that’s why they decided to rebrand to Trego. Different name? Yeah. But the same rock-solid songs."

"Backed by multi-instrumentalists and folk-rock instruments, including a violin and mandolin, the band's lively performances keep crowds guessing with original songs that don't quite fit into roots or rock genres," the Inlander wrote. "It's the blend — like smooth whiskey — that makes the music great.

It was but one change for the band in this momentous year; they'd been voted Best Original Band in the Inlander's Reader's poll for the second consequtive year, friend and longtime fiddle player Heather Montgomery stepped away to dedicate more time to other life pursuits and Kristen "KB" Black, a talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist horn player, stepped in, bringing a fresh, exciting new energy to the music.

Trego is Matt Mitchell, piano, Hammond B-3, accordian, acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals, Jeff Nordvall, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and vocals, John Bottelli, cello, KB Black, trumpet, sax, trombone, French horn and vocals, Seth Carey, bass, and Kent Ueland, Drums.

They've had an exciting 2018 with numerous festivals and recording projects, and on Saturday, October 6, this amazing band will be in Bonners Ferry.

"This will be the band's first time playing in Bonner's Ferry," they posted. "The Pearl Theater is a beautiful venue and we can't wait for this show!"

Check out Trego on their website, http://tregoband.com, or on Facebook.

Tickets are $15 in advance at Bonners Books and Mountain Mike's in Bonners Ferry, online at www.thepearltheater.org or by calling (208) 610-2846. Student tickets are just $5 and tickets at the door, if any are left, are $18.

Trego kicks off at 7 p.m., the Pearl Theater's doors and the Pearl Cafe, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry, open at 6 p.m.

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