March 15: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys w/ Ken Yates

Music at 7:30 pm  (doors at 7:00 pm)

Bikenetic, 922 West Broad St., Falls Church 

With roots in the Great Lakes of Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have been  traversing the country non-stop with instruments in tow since the release of their 2012 record, Release Your Shrouds. The album showcased the band's meshing of Appalachian tradition with a rootsy Michigan vigor. But wherever placed in the genre continuum of the times, it's their sincerity and passion for following the music that propels them. The year ahead will see them releasing their second full length LP and making their first international tours to Germany and the UK. Motivated by the power of music to connect; to ask questions; to heal and to learn about what it means to be human, Lindsay Lou, Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George are a finger pickin', harmony slingin', tight knit family fashion conglomeration who show no signs of slowing down.  
"For all of those who assumed Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys were just another peppy bluegrass band, think again. The band’s latest album, “Ionia,” is a surprising, vocally stunning and instrumentally adroit foray into gorgeously melancholy indie-folk and charming folk-pop with instantly addictive harmonies and hooks." - John Sinkevics,

“Ken Yates’ music is solid as stone and clear as mountain air… he proves the future is in very good shape” – Livingston Taylor

Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first album, “The Backseat EP”, and received the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer.  Mayer then posted a full page blog about Yates’ ability as a writer stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today”. Yates’ EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans.  He has toured with many notable names including veteran singer/songwriter and mentor, Livingston Taylor, Sister Hazel, Peter Katz, and Liz Longley and has songs in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s The Coffee House where he was nominated for The Coffee House Songwriter Discovery of the Year. He was recently chosen as The 2014 Colleen Peterson Award winner by the Ontario Arts Council for his song “The One That Got Away”.