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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Feb 28 Tie and Timber Brewing Co, Springfield, MO
Mar 1 Westport Saloon, Kansas City, MO
Mar 2 The Buffalo Room, Kansas City, MO 8pm w/ Steve Kaufman, $20
Mar 3 Great Plains Bluegrass and Oldtime Association, Omaha, NE
Apr 11 Farm and Fun Time, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol, TN
Apr 12-13 Birdfest, Panola, SC
Apr 14 Barley’s Taproom, Knoxville, TN
Apr 15 Nachbar, Louisville, KY
May 29-31 John Hartford Memorial Festival, Beanblossom, IN
June 1 Private Event, Fort Wayne, IN
June 11 Olathe Public Library, Olathe, KS
June 20-21 Flat Rock Jamboree, Marion, WI
July 20 Fiske Planetarium, Boulder, CO
Aug 31-Sept 1 Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, Kendallville, IN
Sept 18-21 Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS