Enjoy a free evening of music at Wildwood Amphitheater with Thunderwude and Escaping Pavement. Remember your lawn chairs and blankets. Restrooms and concessions are available.
Composed of all professional musicians, Thunderwüde is somewhat of a sideman supergroup led by the award winning singer-songwriter Jason Dennie. What started as a fun excuse to get together and rattle off bluegrass standards has turned into a vehicle for Dennie’s lyrical and melodic songwriting genius. The group is rounded out by the ultra talented Wesley Fritzemeier, and the ever steady Tommy Reifel. New fans to Thunderwüde will enjoy their ripping renditions on classic bluegrass, and intricate arrangements on Dennie’s originals.
Thunderwüde members have shared the bill with many notable artists including Arlo Guthrie, Keb Mo, Sam Bush, David Wilcox, LeAnn Rimes, The Raconteurs, Sheryl Crowe, and Taj Mahal, to name a few. Additionally, they have played such notable folk venues as The Ark, The Bluebird Cafe, Canal Street Tavern, World Cafe Live, The Bijou Theater, Big Top Chautauqua, and The Birchmere. They also cook some mean mac and cheese.
Hailed as “The most dynamic Americana group out of Detroit, Michigan” Escaping Pavement masterfully blends and blurs the lines of Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana. Their unique joint frontperson arrangement, with Emily and Aaron sharing equally in singing, songwriting, and guitar playing allows for harmony-driven, musical interplay that has earned them slots on bills with the likes of Justin Townes Earle and Joan Osborne. With a 2017 Detroit Music Award win for Outstanding Americana Record, over 700 shows under their belt, a new EP comprised of music inspired by the National Parks, and a non-stop touring schedule, this duo is spreading their roots-based message, far and wide. Find out why Jeff Milo of The Detroit News said, “Escaping Pavement make sparseness stunning. The acoustic guitar and mandolin crackle together like a mesmerizing bonfire, and their voices blend together like the azure purple and tawny oranges of vibrant sunset…”