Bluegrastronauts Band

“…people buzzed with anticipation for the start of the show. It was already clear this wasn’t going to be like most concerts…”


As featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, The Matchsellers’ Bluegrastronauts is the world’s first outer-space bluegrass odyssey. Mixing elements of tall tales, theater, science fiction and bluegrass, the Bluegrastonauts show isn’t quite like anything you’ve ever seen. Dressed as space travelers from the year 2437, the band takes audiences through a musical “history of the future”, including a first-hand account of the Apocalypse of 2137, the subsequent colonization of the moon, and the dangers of playing hopscotch in deep space. The show reaches the heights of absurdity while confronting deeply humanist issues of love, disillusionment, and mortality. Prepare to travel through space and old-time with one of the most unique and ambitious acts in acoustic music today.







The Matchsellers’ Bluegrastronauts is old-time in outer space. It’s a far away galaxy as close as your first cousin. It’s a 100,000-mile-an-hour horse and buggy. Since 2013, Andrew Morris and Julie Bates, better known as the Matchsellers, have traveled the US and Europe developing their style of off the wall bluegrass & old-time music. In 2017, they began collaborating with some of the Midwest’s finest acoustic musicians to create the “Bluegrastronauts Band”. The band is comprised of a rotating cast of Midwestern acoustic all-stars. The group combines absurdity, authenticity and excellent musicianship to create a performance that is representative of the present age: They are pleasantly stuck between the years gone-by and those to come.


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May 26 Point Labaddie Brewing Co, Point Labadie, MO
May 28 The Refectory, Columbus, OH
May 29-31 John Hartford Memorial Festival, Beanblossom, IN
June 1 Private Event, Fort Wayne, IN
June 11 Olathe Public Library, Olathe, KS
June 18 The Fremont, Des Moines, IA 7pm
June 19 KFAI Harold’s House Party, 331 Club, Minneapolis, MN
June 20 House Show, Eau Claire, WI
June 21-22 Flat Rock Jamboree, Marion, WI
June 23 Leo and Leona’s, Bangor, WI
July 17 Sehnert’s Bieroc Cafe, McCook, NE 8pm
July 19 Prost Brewing Co, Fort Collins, CO
July 20 Fiske Planetarium, Boulder, CO
July 22 Gillies, Kearney, NE 9pm
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Aug 29 Dark Horse Brewery, Marshall, MI
Aug 31-Sept 1 Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, Kendallville, IN
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