Matt Flinner Trio, with special guests Mike Compton and Scott Nygaard

Since its inception in 2006, the Matt Flinner Trio has been forging its own path in modern American string band music. The group is more than a bluegrass/newgrass ensemble: mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin have taken a unique approach to performance by writing new music the day of almost every show.

Their ongoing “Music du Jour” project has produced three acclaimed albums on Compass Records, including their 2016 release, Traveling Roots.  Says American Songwriter Magazine: “Stunning, often jaw-dropping musicianship that never feels showy even when it is...it’s clear that the Flinner trio have few contemporary peers.” 

In 2016, the group expanded the “du Jour” project, writing new music for special guests at the forefront of modern bluegrass and jazz, including Sam Bush, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Dave Douglas, Frank Vignola, Ron Miles, Alison Brown and many others.  This off-the-cuff approach to their music, coupled with their deep roots in traditional bluegrass as well as jazz, makes for a sound all its own in today’s acoustic music landscape.  

Matt Flinner, mandolin
Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Whether it's with his own Matt Flinner Trio or with Phillips, Grier and Flinner, the Frank Vignola Quartet, Darrell Scott, Steve Martin, the Ying Quartet, Tim O'Brien, Leftover Salmon or the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Flinner's style and compositional ability have established him as one of the most accomplished and musically diverse mandolinists in the world.

Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Competition in Winfield, KS in 1990, and won the mandolin award there the following year. He moved to Nashville in 1999, and his musical horizons quickly broadened. His two solo albums for Compass Records, The View from Here and Latitude both featured bluegrass stalwarts Todd Phillips, David Grier, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas and Darol Anger, and received high critical acclaim. He was also featured on Steve Martin's CD The Crow, which won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

Ross Martin, guitar
Ross Martin has established a reputation as one of the most exciting jazz and bluegrass musicians in Colorado, and his reputation is rapidly expanding around the country. After graduating from the jazz program at the University of North Texas, Ross moved to Denver and soon joined the Tony Furtado Band, with whom he toured for four years. More recently, Ross wowed bluegrass audiences during his stint with the Drew Emmitt Band from 2003-5. He also continues to tour the country actively with Mollie OʼBrien, The Theory of Everything (with Michael Kang and Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident) and jazz trumpeter Ron Miles. Rossʼ first CD, Volley, was released in 2002 and features 10 original compositions which span the wide range of Rossʼ musical scope: from jazz to Americana to bluegrass and back. His second solo CD, which was produced by Matt Flinner and features Darol Anger and trumpeter Ron Miles, among others, will be released soon. Ross currently lives in New York City.

Eric Thorin, bass
A native Coloradoan, Eric got his start on piano and trombone at an early age from the prodding of his musical parents and later studied bass at the University of Northern Colorado. He played in salsa bands such as Kizumba and Conjunto Colores, toured extensively with rock act The Thugs, made up a third of the Flamenco/Indian ensemble Curandero, and toured with the Tony Furtado Band for four years. Eric also teaches bass at the Yellowstone Jazz Festival. He currently lives in Lyons, Colo., and continues to sit in with a variety of musicians including Hamster Theater, K.C. Groves, Leftover Salmon, Manuel Molina's Combo Caliente, and Greenwich Gulch. He also has produced a collection of songs for Japanese elementary school children who are learning English. Eric was a member of one of the most widely acclaimed young bluegrass bands in the country, Open Road, from 2002-2006.

Mike Compton (Nashville Bluegrass Band, John Hartford String Band, O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack) is a Grammy and IBMA award winning mandolinist with "a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin...one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere" (Mandolin Magazine)The New York Times calls Compton, "a new bluegrass instrumental hero."

Scott Nygaard (Tim O’Brien and the O’Boys, Jerry Douglas’ “Slide Rule,” Anonymous 4) has been at the forefront of the modern bluegrass and new acoustic music scene for over 30 years, and is one of the most inventive and original voices in the acoustic guitar world.  “As adept at creating magnetic rhythms as he is knocking off stunning solos, Nygaard is possibly the best acoustic guitarist to come along in bluegrass music since Tony Rice.” —Edmonton (Alberta) Journal

Tickets are $20 and are available at the link below or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one hour before showtime. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us at #510-654-3808.