Pretty Saro / Private Function for Virginia Senator Tim Kaine
In May 2017 Pretty Saro had the great honor of playing at a private function for Virginia Senator and Democratic Viee President-Elect Tim Kaine. The function was hosted by Roger Brown, the President of Berklee College of Music. Before everyone arrived we got to jam with Tim on harmonica and Roger on drums, and after Tim spoke we came back up and played the tune Salt Creek with him. This was a really exciting and special moment for myself and the rest the band, and according to Tim we have the best version of Nine Pound Hammer he'd ever heard - a true politician.
From left to right: Joe Everett, Maxfield Anderson, Tim Kaine, Devon Gardner, Alex Formento
Cedar Point Amusement Park Bluegrass Jamboree
For the past two summers (2016 and 2017) I have packed my bags and moved to the small town of Sandusky, Ohio. Sandusky is home to Cedar Point Amusement Park, America's Rockin' Roller Coast. Cedar Point has an extensive entertainment division, with everything from massive 40+ person production to midway skits and entertainment. During my two summers I was "pickin' and grinnin' every hour on the half hour aaaaall the way until 6:30 this ev'nin'" in the Bluegrass Jamboree. I was appointed Show Captain of my group both summers, and during the time my casts won cast of the week 3 times, and the park-wide Thrillmaker award. Six half-hour shows a day, six days a week made me a stronger instrumentalist, vocalist, and frontman, as well as teaching me about the realities and rewards of playing music for a living. Its impossible to get experience like that in a class room.
Pretty Saro is a group that formed in January 2016 at Berklee. This has been my most fulfilling project since moving to Berklee. The people in this group are my best friends, I think its safe to say that all of us in the group would consider this project our baby,
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Top Left: Pretty Saro at Club Passim's Live Music Brunch / February 2018
Bottom Left: Pretty Saro at Gallery 263 / December 2017
Below: Tony Trischka with Pretty Saro at the Berklee Roots Roadshow / November 2017