2014 – 2015 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2017-2018.

Nothin' Fancy

Nothin' Fancy

 

Time & Place
Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Admission
TFFM Members $20
Seniors, Military & Students w/ID $23
General Admission $25
Children 7–17 w/paying adult 1/2 price
Children under 7 free

Nothin' Fancy was formed as a bluegrass band in 1994 to compete in a bluegrass competition. Ever since then, they have grown in popularity, released 11 full length albums, and continue to perform at festivals all across the United States, Canada and Norway including the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, the Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. They have successfully hosted their own Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival every year since 2001 in Buena Vista, Virginia.

Their full-time touring schedule has earned them one of the most loyal fan bases in all of bluegrass music. They are loved by festival-goers and bluegrass fans from the East to West Coast and abroad.

In 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, and 2008, the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) honored Nothin' Fancy with the prestigious "Entertaining Group of the Year" award. The band has also been nominated for SPBGMA’s Vocal Group of the Year and each band member has been nominated for individual awards as well.

 

Their strong vocals, powerful instrumentation, and energetic stage presence, along with their friendly down-to-earth charm keeps people coming back for more. Nothin’ Fancy is not just carrying on the tradition of bluegrass music; they are contributing to the creation of a new tradition within the acoustic music genre.

Mike Andes, born and raised in Timberville, VA, began performing publicly at age 14. Mike will tell you his music ability is God-given. He plays by ear and has never had any lessons or professional training. Several family members including his brothers and uncles influenced Mike with their musical abilities. In the early 1980s, Mike formed his first band, The East Coast Bluegrass Band and in 1994, was a founding member of Nothin' Fancy. Mike always wanted a full-time career in music and Nothin' Fancy has given him the opportunity to fulfill this goal. During his time with Nothin’ Fancy, Mike has been nominated for Mandolin Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Individual Entertainer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year through the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). Mike has become well known as an exceptional MC for the band and keeps the show rolling from song to song with his wit and charm. Mike has always considered Charlie Waller to be his bluegrass hero. He learned his trade by Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen’s example. The Seldom Scene has also been a huge influence on Mike’s music. When Mike is not touring with Nothin' Fancy, he enjoys building mandolins, fiddles and wood working in general. He also enjoys the outdoors and gardening with his wife, Becky, in their Pataskala, Ohio home. Together, Mike and Becky have three sons, one daughter and son-in-law and three beautiful grandchildren.

Group members have developed a strong blend that features tight harmonies and evocative solo performances. The band's chemistry with each other is superb. Of course it doesn't hurt that they have a great deal of musical talent and vocals thrown in there, too. Maverick

Mitchell Davis is Nothin' Fancy's banjo man. He also plays guitar and fiddle, which he learned from an uncle, Joe Connor. He fell in love with the banjo after seeing Earl Scruggs and Don Reno on TV shows. Like many aspiring banjo players, he started with an Earl Scruggs Banjo Book. Mitchell is also an alumnus of the East Coast Bluegrass Band, as well as a country band. Mitchell cites The Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene as his influences, especially in their selection of songs. Mitchell was the primary producer of the band's three self-released albums. Mitchell was born in Lexington, VA and still lives there with his wife, Sandy.

“Impressive is one of the many synonyms for the word fancy. Despite their name, ‘impressive’ describes Virginia based Nothin’ Fancy to a ‘T’ Sing Out!

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Sexton is usually seen with a fiddle. He debuted with the band in 1998 at the Maury River Fiddler's Convention, where the band won first prize in the bluegrass band competition – he still has the ribbon. He appeared as a guest on the band's second and third self-released albums and joined the band in the summer of 2000. His dad, "Buster" Sexton who played banjo in several bands in the 70's and early 80's, introduced Chris to bluegrass. Although his first instrument was a mandolin, Chris soon focused his energies on the violin. Throughout middle and high school, he grew as a violinist in symphony orchestras, the All-Virginia Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Apprenticeship Program, while keeping his bluegrass roots. Chris attended Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance. Soon after, he found himself fiddling with the East Coast Bluegrass Band with his father, and Nothin' Fancy shortly thereafter. He also has appeared in the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Roanoke Symphony, and served as the assistant principal violist with the Loudoun Symphony, and also served for five years as a co-director of the American Children of SCORE based in Warrenton, VA. His violin work could also be heard on several TV specials in the early 2000s that were featured on the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, PBS, and the National Geographic Channel. In 2008, Chris returned to Shenandoah University for a master's degree in violin pedagogy (the methods of teaching violin in private lesson settings) and graduated with the MM in 2010 – all while maintaining a busy touring and teaching schedule. When Chris isn't playing bluegrass, he's teaching violin, viola, cello, piano, and bluegrass fiddle in his own studio in old-town Manassas, VA. He also routinely does work for DC-area recording studios as a session musician, and he is honored to have been hired as an adjunct professor of violin, viola, and cello at the Woodbridge Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. In the fall of 2005, Chris released his first solo disc on Pinecastle Records, Coffee at Midnight, and he is due to release a second solo project, Proof, in 2013.

“…A Unique sound that vacillates between smooth, progressive bluegrass and country-tinged Americana.” Cary Virgin, Bluegrass Now

Tony Shorter (actually the tallest member of the band), plays upright bass and sings baritone for the band. He was born and raised in Lexington, VA where he still makes his home. Tony grew up listening to his Dad and Uncle's bluegrass band. Some of his fondest memories was sitting on the front porch of his grandfather's house on Sunday afternoons and jamming with family. A Gibson mandolin, a high school graduation present from his parents accompanied him to Va Tech, where Tony admits, "I may have spent more time pickin' than studying." He was a charter member of the Va Tech Bluegrass Association and the Blacksburg area was rich in good pickers with lots of jamming. Tony started playing bass in college when he wasn’t switching off on guitar. For a few years after college, music took a back seat to his career with Farm Credit. He joined a local jazz group, and ended up playing electric bass in various groups as he puts it, "from reggae to rock." At one point he was playing bass with 5 different bands, which was fun learning to play different styles as he loves most all forms of music and just couldn’t say no. In '94 he returned to his roots when he helped form Nothin' Fancy. Tony and Natalie have 2 daughters, Natasha and Gemma and he has a son Colby.