• Dates: September 28, 2018
  • Venue: Hargett Street Stage
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 5 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


Colorado’s FY5 proudly swim in the deep currents of American music, playing new songs, well-informed of country and bluegrass traditions, but not bound to them. Featuring thoughtful arrangements and strong singing and musicianship, the band strives to connect to listeners with stories of common struggles and big ideas. While their sound evokes timelessness, it is a decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility that informs their songwriting. As they share the stories that drive the songs, FY5's show leaves listeners certainly with tapping toes, but with ranging thoughts as well. FY5 released their fourth full-length album in early 2018, The Way These Things Go, featuring their trademark story songs, clever arranging, and catchy hooks. The band was selected as official showcase artists for the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association conference, including a songwriter showcase with Mike Finders, who is also a two-time MerleFest songwriting competition winner in both the gospel and bluegrass categories. The principal songwriter and guitarist, Finders' finely-honed storytelling forms the bulk of the band’s cannon. Erin Youngberg (“E”) provides a muscley bass and beautiful, worldwise vocals, while husband Aaron Youngberg (“AA”) plays a mean banjo and seductive pedal steel. Both were founding members of the Hit & Run Bluegrass Band, which won the RockyGrass band competition in 2002 and Telluride in 2003. AA also is proud owner and chief engineer at Swingfingers Recording Studio in Fort Collins, while E has performed and recorded with Uncle Earl. The group is rounded out by Rich Zimmerman on mandolin and Ryan Drickey on fiddle. Zimmerman was a founder of the innovative acoustic Boulder band Slipstream. Meanwhile, Drickey’s chameleonic fiddling has earned him a RockyGrass fiddle competition win and marked him as a much sought after session player.