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Best Bluegrass Band

1st Place: Evergreen Grass Band
2nd Place: East Hill Bluegrass Band
3rd Place: Kalispell

Pickin’ and a grinnin’ their way to the top of our list of best bluegrass bands is the Evergreen Grass Band. Formed in 2008 over the course of many beer-fueled and whiskey-slugging open mics at The Mousetrap, the band’s distinct form of bluegrass combines elements of punk, rock ’n’ roll, and country. Live shows bring their genre to new levels with a fast and fun energy that’ll leave you tapping your toes and asking the barkeep for another. The East Hill Bluegrass Band took second on our list. While they were a staple of the Eau Claire music scene for years, they strummed their last at a farewell show in March. Appalachian-influenced songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard and his Kalispell project finish out the list at No. 3. –Graham Barnes