Fruition and Lil Smokies – Hot off Festy, to Descend on DC

Fruition at DelFest 2017

You might have missed them at Delfest (2017 and 2018); you might have missed them last week at Festy - You don't want to miss them again - Both Fruition and The Lil Smokies are teaming up on DC, October 11th, at DC's Union Stage at The Wharf.

Both bands are coming off of some of their hottest east coast performances at the 2018 Festy Experience in Arrington, Virginia, and promising to take DC again by storm - and yes, just prior to Hurricane Michael moving in.

About Fruition:

Fruition at DelFest
Fruition at DelFest

Fruition, based in Portland, Oregon, just released their EP Fire, and a new music video featuring the song "Baby Let's Go".   Fruition will be donating the proceeds from the first 3 months of digital sales and streaming for the tracks "Dirty Thieves" and "New Colosuss" to charities closely tied to the subject matter of each track.

 "Dirty Thieves" was written by Jay Cobb Anderson as a result of the band’s van being broken into while playing a show at Brick & Mortar in San Francisco’s Mission district. The song references being woken up to the area's homeless problem by the sound of shattered glass, feeling inconvenienced by the theft at first, but upon looking closer, seeing it as another human struggling to survive. 

Fruition is Jay Cobb Anderson (vocals, lead guitar, harmonica), Mimi Naja (vocals, mandolin, electric & acoustic guitar), Kellen Asebroek (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano),  Jeff Leonard (bass), and Tyler Thompson (drums, banjo).

After DC's Union Stage show, Fruition tours through the rest of the year, and jump starts 2019 with Jam Cruise.  Upcoming dates include:

Frution's Fall / Winter 2018 Tour Schedule
Mimi Naja of Fruition, at Delfest
Mimi Naja of Fruition, at Delfest
  • October 12 - Fairfield, CT - StageOne 
  • October 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
  • October 17 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theater
  • October 18 - Indianapolis, IN - Breck Trek 
  • October 19 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands 
  • October 20 - Fayetteville, WV - Bridge Jam
  • November 15 - Bend, OR - Domino Room 
  • November 16 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
  • November 17 - Seattle, WA - The Croc 
  • December 28 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater 
  • December 29 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater 
  • January 15-21 - Port of Miami, FL - Jam Cruise

About The Lil Smokies:

The Lil Smokies first got together in Missoula, Montana, during the winter of 2009 and have transformed through the years into their current lineup of Andy Dunnigan  (dobro,  vocals), Matthew Rieger (guitar, vocals), Jake Simpson (fiddle, vocals), Scott Parker (bass), and Matt Cornette (banjo).  The acclaimed band has won the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Band competition and took home the 2016 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award.  They’ve also wowed fans at numerous festivals such as the High Sierra, Telluride Bluegrass, DelFest & Floyd Fest, to name just a few.

With their acoustic instruments, they generate a powerful live show with electric energy that is also clearly evident with the same dynamic presence on their new album, Changing Shades. They deliver exceptional songwriting and bluegrass roots with the punch of a rock band. AndyDunnigan says, “We wanted to duplicate the energy of our live shows. It’s a perfect mixture of improvisation and composition. The record shows how fearless we’ve become in the last year.”  They cut Changing Shades in a lighthearted, week-long session at SnowGhost Music in Whitefish, MT with engineer Brett Allen (The Avett Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Béla Fleck) and co-producer Rob Gordon (Elephant Revival). “It was a breeze,” Dunnigan says. “Rob got us to focus on what makes each song special. We refined and recorded them live, together in one room, just like on stage.”

The Lil Smokies will finish the East Coast part of their tour at Baltimore's 8x10 and the Brooklyn Bowl after the Union Stage show, before continuing the tour on the west coast, a couple of nights run at Strings and Sol, and a 2018 NYE finale in hometown Missoula MT.

The Lil Smokies  Fall / Winter 2018 Tour Schedule
  • October 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
  • October 31 - Nov 1 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
  • November .2, 3 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
  • November 4  -  Bend, OR - Domino Room
  • November 7 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club - Crown Room
  • November 8 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Theatre
  • November 9 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
  • November 10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
  • November 12 -  Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren
  • November 14 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Jones Assembly
  • November 15 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
  • November 16 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s BBQ
  • November 17 -  Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
  • November .29 - Dec 1 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
  • December 7-11 - Puerto Morelos, MEX - Strings & Sol
  • December 27-28 - Whitefish, MT - Great Northern
  • December 29 -30 - Bozeman, MT - Rialto Bozeman
  • December 31 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma

Performance Details

Performance Details



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Doors: 7:00 PM

Show: 8:00 PM

Union Stage (

740 Water Street SW

Washington DC 20024 (Google Maps Link)

$22  - General Admission

$30  - Premier Plus

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Mark Raker

Mark Raker

Mark Raker is a Washington, D.C. area photographer who pursues a wide variety of photographic subjects and interests. His event photography includes concerts, festivals, food, wine and beer events as well as corporate and other special events in the Washington area.