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Steven Moore & Friends

Four days, four towns, four great shows!

June 22, 2012
Times Leader

For an awesome evening of musical entertainment that offers something for everyone, come out and see Steven Moore & Friends.

Comprised of extremely talented musicians ranging in age from 20-25, these young men put on a high energy performance that covers just about every genre including traditional bluegrass, new grass, swing, and more.

Assembled in January, the group consists of young men from around the country that have one thing in common - they are friends with Steven Moore.

Steven, a senior biochemistry major at Marietta College, hails from Bethesda and has been a banjo prodigy since the age of eight. He is the 2008 National Bluegrass Banjo Champion and the 2011 Rocky Grass banjo champion. His passion for music has led him to various venues and festivals where he has encountered other young entertainers who share his zeal and talent. When approached by the director of the arts and humanities department of Washington State Community College to put on a performance, he was given the liberty to assemble this amazing group which delivered a "not-a-seat-left-in-the-house" show. No one left the venue disappointed!

The group is made up of Etienne Cremieux, Boston native and current LA resident, on fiddle. He is currently a full time musician in the Los Angeles area where several groups have sought out his multitalented abilities.

Andrew Bonnis, a Cleveland original, is an extremely versatile bass player who also plays the ukulele and sings. He now resides in the Denver/Boulder area working at his musical trade.

James Seliga is an over-the-top mandolin player who originates from Bellvue, Ohio. He is a student at Bowling Green State University majoring in jazz guitar performance, but in no way is the mandolin a secondary instrument for him-he placed in the top five at the National Bluegrass Mandolin Champion contest in 2009.

Swanagan Ray, who plays a guitar reminiscent of Tony Rice, is a recent West Virginia State flat pick guitar champion. He is majoring in electrical engineering at Ohio University.

The group member who "puts the icing on the cake" is cello player Andrew Conley. A resident of Des Moines, Iowa, Andrew's cello adds that something special to the overall sound of the group.

For a sampling of the group's talent, search the internet for "Steven Moore & Friends" for various live footage on YouTube.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance online at


July 6, 8pm, Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, Carnegie, Pa

July 7, 7pm, Stuarts Opera House , Nelsonville, Ohio

July 8, 7pm, Muskingum County Convention Facility, Zanesville, Ohio

July 9, 7pm, Union Local Middle School Auditorium, Belmont, Ohio



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