Every year since Acoustic Routes was founded in 2013, it has been a tradition for virtuoso guitar and mandolin picker Jason Dennie to assemble a band of friends and close out the year with a night of Americana and hot bluegrass and blues licks. The tradition continues Dec. 21, 8 p.m. at Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline.
Dennie’s extraordinary and varied gifts have enriched Michigan’s music scene in uncountable ways. He grew up steeped in the bluegrass music of Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin. After he picked up an acoustic guitar at age 19, he connected with the complex interplay of melody and meaning in the music of James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Leo Kottke and other masters. Organically and intuitively, he began writing melodic lines, laying the foundation for a career in which the words “Take it, Jason!” jump-start simple to pyrotechnic instrumental breaks that thrill listeners and inspire fellow musicians.
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The cover is $15 at the door and 100 percent goes to the artists.