You may know their names, individually or as members of other groups, you may even recognize their faces from non-music work in the Valley, but Saturday afternoon the foursome playing as Roundhouse Assembly make their Rapids & Grass Beer Fest debut.
George Mossman, Chris Nasca, Bruce Hayes and Aaron Robbins are regulars in the local music scene and have all played the annual festival solo or with other bands. “This is our inaugural run as a group (Roundhouse Assembly) for this event,” Nasca said.
While the beer fest centers around bluegrass, don’t expect traditional mountain music from Roundhouse Assembly.
“We’ll bring the electric jam thing,” Nasca said. “It’s what we do. We’ll play our full set. We do a lot of jammy stuff.”
The name Roundhouse Assembly is a tribute to the machines which led to the Valley’s development. Roundhouses were the buildings used to store and work on engines in the heyday of the railroad.
The band primarily plays music inspired by The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and The Band with a lot of improvisation thrown in. After playing together for the years, they’re proud of their tight vocals and collective musicianship.
The group is excited to be on the music bill. “Good beer, cool people, and a beautiful spot at 8,000 feet, right on the river. What more do you want?” Nasca asked.
Roundhouse Assembly plays from 4:30–6 p.m. in a free concert on the Beach stage.