The MatchsellersPrepare to travel through space and old-time with one of the most unique and ambitious acts in acoustic music today.  November 18, 2018, brings The Matchsellers Bluegrastronauts to the Winter Wind stage at 200 S. Jones.  Music from the three piece group begins at 7:00 pm.

The Matchsellers is the unlikely result of Julie Bates, a classically trained violinist from Kansas City, MO, and Andrew Morris, a Chicago blues guitarist from Warsaw, Indiana, meeting in Leipzig, Germany, and forming a bluegrass duo.  Since 2013, Andrew and Julie, have traveled the US and Europe developing their Matchsellers style of off the wall bluegrass & old-time music.  Those travels brought them to The Depot in a delightful April 2017 Whistle Stop Concert. 

Soon after their Depot visit, the two began collaborating with one of the Midwest’s finest musicians, Betsey Mae, a sought after bassist from Lakin, KS.  

Together, The Matchsellers presents Bluegrastronauts, the world’s first outer-space bluegrass odyssey. As featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, the now 3-piece group combines absurdity, authenticity and excellent musicianship to create a performance that is representative of the present age: They are pleasantly stuck between the years gone-by and those to come.  

Dressed as space travelers from the year 2437, the band takes audiences through a musical “history of the future”, including a first-hand account of the Apocalypse of 2137, the subsequent colonization of the moon, and the dangers of playing hopscotch in deep space. The show reaches the heights of absurdity while confronting deeply humanist issues of love, disillusionment, and mortality.

The Matchsellers website
Video: Bluegrastronauts
Video: Look at Me
Video: One of These Days

Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council.  Additional support comes from Contributors: Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Keri and Hugh Young; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; The Montford Inn; and by Neighbors: Tom and Mary Cay Woodfin; Danna Primm; EB Dancer; and Rachel Adams, Nature’s Healing Art - Clinical Massage.