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High Rock Mountain - bluegrass concert and pickin' party

High Rock Mountain plays mainly traditional bluegrass, with an emphasis on broken-hearted love songs and murder ballads featuring two- and three-part harmonies, with some originals and ripping instrumentals thrown in. The band met at the beginning of the 2012 Fall semester at Berklee College of Music through the Bluegrass ensemble arrangement - not that long ago - but they feel like they've been playing together for years. High Rock Mountain is delighted to take the musical heritage with which they have been blessed and bring it to those both familiar and new to Bluegrass, spreading awareness of this great music and expanding the Bluegrass community.

A Columbia, Missouri native, Sadie is a fiddler and vocalist with panache and grace. The eldest of five children born into a musical family, Sadie started taking violin lessons at the age of 7, and has found her style and voice through years of performing with her family band CurreyKorn, Missouri-based Bluegrass band Midnight Flight, and through a year of Music Performance study at the University of Missouri. Now in her second semester at Berklee College of Music, her well-honed fiddling and sultry vocals bring life and depth to everything we play.

A country boy at heart, Western Maryland-born singer and guitarist Chris Rooney earned his BA in Psychology at Shepherd University in West Virginia. As a child he was very athletic, but gave up sports 10 years ago after picking up his first guitar. He devoted every spare moment to learning the craft and eventually started writing his own music. After a few years in college he started teaching music to make extra money and started a fairly profitable business as a traveling music teacher, realizing in himself a growing passion for the art of teaching. Now in his second semester at Berklee, he has ventured through Rock'n’Roll, Metal, Blues, and Folk on his way to Bluegrass, where he has found his true voice.

Our resident radio host and banjo wizard, Jordan is in his third semester at Berklee. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, he is a noted coffee and cat enthusiast in addition to his heavy interest in American Roots music - specifically Bluegrass. Jordan started playing banjo when he was 13 and has been inspired by many great players, having the good fortune to call some of them his mentors. Deeply rooted in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Americana music, his enjoyment of and desire to play genre-crossing styles is well evident in his performance.

Descending from a tradition of professional Country and Bluegrass musicians, the son of resophonic guitarist Roger Williams was submersed in the Bluegrass scene from the very start. JD started taking violin lessons at the age of 6, and was given his first mandolin at the age of 7. Raised in Southern New Hampshire and having spent time in Central Connecticut to perform full-time with Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, this fourth-semester Berklee mandolinist adds his passion for the harmonic arts and his love for American Roots music to our ensemble.

Hailing from Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Nate Sabat is a born and bred city boy. A graduate of the voice program at LaGuardia “the Fame” High School, his musical roots are in choral singing. However, he picked up the electric bass in middle school, and the upright bass a couple years afterwards. At the Berklee 5-week summer program in 2011, he had his first encounter with bluegrass, in an ensemble directed by the late, great John McGann. Since then, he has fallen in love with the style, and has been playing in and around the Boston acoustic music scene.

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Free downloads of three studio-recorded originals are available on BandCamp at

Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00
Students $5, General Public $10
Email [masked] for special "insider" information.
Patrons are invited to bring their instruments for an after-concert pickin' party.
BYOB (21+)
Outpost 186 is half way between Inman Square and Prospect Street, between Ryles and 7/11. See for bus service.

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