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Weekend Pick: Honeysuckle with Bart Budwig and Jen Borst at Brewminatti


Folk trio Honeysuckle plays Brewminatti in Prosser on July 11, 2019.

Honeysuckle is one of those bands that people who follow the roots-Americana-bluegrass-

folk-acoustic-whatever scene have been raving about for years.

NPR gave them some love back in 2016. They took the best folk artist award at the 2018 Boston Music Awards. They played the Newport Folk Festival in 2015. They’ve released three full-length albums and a slew of singles and EPs.

So they’re well-established within that scene but still nowhere near a household name. That makes them the perfect Brewminatti band. The Prosser venue specializes in this kind of thing — booking acts that have serious pedigree and serious chops but are still touring like hungry young road-warriors. It’s something very few cities the size of Prosser have, and every one of the census-estimated 6,264 residents there should be grateful for it.

OK, with that love note to the venue out of the way, just what is the deal with the band? Honeysuckle combines traditional folk and bluegrass sounds with a contemporary songwriting sensibility. The instrumentation is the same as on your ol’ pappy’s scratched up records, but the songs are distinctly 21st-century.

They’re a trio but they don’t have static roles within the band. All three sing, and all three play multiple instruments, swapping and switching as the songs require. They’re able to do this because all three members (Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns and Chris Bloniarz) are Berklee College of Music-trained musicians, not just front-porch pickers.

They’ll be joined in Prosser by longtime SCENE favorite, Bart Budwig, who will open the show alongside Yakima folksinger Jen Borst, formerly of Planes on Paper. I saw Borst and Budwig a few weeks ago at Fortuity Cellars, on the eve of Yakima Folklife, and they were outstanding.

If you go

What: Honeysuckle with Bart Budwig and Jen Borst

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Brewminatti, 713 Sixth St. in Prosser

Tickets: $17 advance, $22 door

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