2012-04-12 / Front Page

Trespassers' music brings everyone 'home'


 Music has a way of reminding listeners of a special time, place, person or event. It renders feelings of joy and community, and often nostalgia for times passed.

Mariposa has a special band that can take listeners of its music there the first time they hear its songs. And now that band, The Trespassers, is bringing that sense of rural, country life to a much larger stage in San Francisco, at a time when the world could learn so much by embracing simple values again. The band, which has been together for eight years, will headline a show at the Great American Music Hall (GAMH) in San Francisco on May 5.

They formed in 2004, when Mariposa County High School friends “Bronco” Ben Goger and Andy “Tarantula” Roberts returned home after college. The band has certainly paid its dues in taverns, barns, around campfires, at grassroots music festivals and environmental rallies. Now, they are ready to bring their music to a wider audience. The GAMH concert coincides with the release of their latest album “Road Time: Live in California.” It was recorded during the summer of last year, mostly outdoors in places like the Cousin Jack Art Park in Mariposa and the Mobil Station in Lee Vining.

The Trespassers will be joined at GAMH by Faux Renwah, “arguably the best old-time band in California,” from La Grange, Windy Hill, a fast, young traditional Bay Area bluegrass band and Melody Walker, a soulful, young “Americali” singer. Pre-sale tickets are available now, and early purchase is encouraged. They are available at www.gamh.com/.  


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