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Grass Act re-debuts at center for the arts

GET LOST IN THE MUSIC Grass Act, a bluegrass band, will perform at the Springville Center for the Arts on Jan. 26. Pictured, from left: Skip Tillinghast, Mike Hewlett, Jeremy Huber and Stan Puffer. Photo courtesy of Seth Wochensky.
SPRINGVILLE Grass Act, a bluegrass band based in Western New York, has been newly-resurrected.

A re-debut performance will be held at the Springville Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Guest Emily Arena will open the evening.

Grass Act was formed in the early 1990s, out of monthly bluegrass jams held in Bennington, N.Y. The band has performed all over Western New York and in bluegrass festivals in Otisco, Corinth and Addison, N.Y.

Member Jeremy Huber has been playing bluegrass and acoustic music in the Western and Central New York areas for approximately 20 years. He has performed with regional acts such as Dempsey Station and the McCarthy-Paisley Band.

Skip Tillinghast of Arcade began singing in honky-tonks at the age of 4. He took up the guitar at age 8 and started playing bass in his high school garage band.

Some of the groups he has played with include the Gamblers, Backside of 30, Coyote and the Mustangs.

Stan Puffer is a native of Muskegon, Mich. He has played with local bands Country Poorboys, the Highriders and the Niagara County Ramblers.

Mike Hewlett of Pembroke is a native of Rockaway Beach, Long Island. In addition to mandolin, Hewlett plays guitar and drums. He was a member of the Niagara County Ramblers for five years, before co-founding Grass Act.

Presale tickets for this concert are now available. They will be sold at the door, or may be purchased by calling 592-9038, visiting www.springvillearts.org or visiting the Springville Center for the Arts gallery, located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville.

The show is produced by Jim Howe Concerts.
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