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Local band opens for Grammy-nominated Cherryholmes

April 1, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Local bluegrass band Schlitz Creek will open for Cherryholmes, International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium.

Cherryholmes has become a regular act at the historic Grand Ole Opry. The high-energy family band embodies the bluegrass dream, with all six members singing lead and showcasing their instrumental abilities. Each live show includes Irish step, twin fiddles, classic country yodeling, and an old-style claw hammer banjo.

Cherryholmes continues to receive industry nominations and awards, including a 2006 Grammy nomination for its self-titled debut album. The group's second release, Cherryholmes II Black and White, has been nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.

Schlitz Creek, consisting of local residents Nick Deaton, Dave Dekema, John Speeter and Nick Griffith, is known for its powerful and unique bluegrass sound. Recently Schlitz Creek has been heard playing in festivals across West Michigan and into Indiana.

Cherryholmes with opener Schlitz Creek at Miller Auditorium is sponsored by Coca-Cola. Tickets are on sale now and range from $10 to $35. They are available at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.

Media contact: Tracey Lawie (269) 387-2309, tracey.lawie@wmich.edu

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