The Auditorium Theatre is excited to welcome Jonas Friddle and The Majority, the winning band in our Chick Corea and Bela Fleck contest! The band was one of over 30 to enter for a spot to perform in the historic Auditorium lobby proceeding Chick and Bela’s concert on April 5.

Jonas Friddle and the Majority has a huge sound that combines string quartet, horns and rock and roll drums for a melody filled, dance inspiring result. Jonas’ arrangements and songwriting are heavily rooted in traditional American music. His passion for old-time style banjo from his native North Carolina leads to rhythmic and rolling compositions. At the same time this founder of The Barehand Jugband pulls from the raucous sounds of 1920s blues and string bands for dance inspiring tunes. Friddle has received recognition as a songwriter, including Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and First Place in the Great American Song Contest. He is joined by the Majority, a group of talented multi-instrumentalists that found each other at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. The full band has been playing together since 2012 and includes drums, a string quartet and horns for a unique and huge sound. Following the example of new folk groups like Crooked Still, Abigail Washburn and Old Crow Medicine Show, Jonas Friddle and the Majority look to re-invent traditional songs.

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