Smart Bets: Acoustic Syndicate

It may be hard to believe, but local newgrass band Acoustic Syndicate is about to hit a major milestone: its 20th anniversary. In a way, the band goes back even further than that since Bryon (vocals, banjo, guitar) and Fitz (vocals, percussion) McMurry are cousins and Steve McMurry (vocals, guitar, mandolin) is a cousin. According to JamBase.com, the band was really born back in '77 when the McMurry boys' fathers bought them all bluegrass instruments for Christmas. However you want to do the math, the group plans to celebrate on Saturday, May 5, at Pisgah Brewing's outdoor stage. Music starts at 3 p.m. with two sets by Acoustic Syndicate with guests Larry and Jenny Keel. The Invisible III and The Billy Sea open; Aaron Woody Wood and The Ends play an afterparty in the brewery. $18 advance/ $22 day of show; $45 for a Hopster VIP ticket. http://pisgahbrewing.com.

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