Mr. Baber's Neighbors:
The Solar String Band
Jeff Blanchard: Guitar/Vocals
Jerry Hoehle: Bass/Vocals
Charlie Formaro: Dobro
Andrew Hoiberg: Banjo/ Vocals
Mr. Baber’s Neighbors: The Solar String Band has been bringing the sounds of both traditional American folk music along with their own brand of original music to Iowa and the Midwest for more than a decade, and have gained a loyal fan base known affectionately as 'The Baberhood'. Influences range from the high lonesome sounds of bluegrass' founding fathers, to traditional country, to contemporary folk and, at times, even from some of today's most popular artists. These influences meld with the generation gap closing songsmithery of MBN:TSSB and they love nothing more than sharing their passion for timeless music with audiences all over the Midwest. The current lineup offers Dobro, Banjo, Guitar, and Bass Fiddle, along with harmonic singing reminiscent of classic ‘Brother Duets’ of days gone by.
MBN:TSSB has had the privilege and honor to play at Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, Camp Euforia, Schwagstock, the Iowa State Fair, various college campuses, Des Moines’ Temple of Performing Arts, Simon Estes Ampitheater, the historic Hoyt Sherman Place Theater, Iowa City Mill Restaruant, and the 80/35 Music Festival while sharing the stage with The Grascals, Crooked Still, Railroad Earth, Drew Emmitt, Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Vince Herman, Bob Black, Split Lip Rayfield, Emmitt-Nershi Band, The Breakfast, Great American Taxi, Tony Furtado, Special Consensus, Ekoostic Hookah, Blue Turtle Seduction, Chuck Prophet and David Zollo to name a few. This year will be no different with shows at the Iowa State Fair, 80/35, SummerCamp, and Indianola Bluegrass Tuesday along with various other offerings throughout the Heartland.
God willin and the creek don’t rise, MBN:TSSB hopes you will come join them for a beautiful day in the Baberhood!