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Nothin' Fancy Celebrates 30 Years!!
Nothin' Fancy would like to wish everyone a wonderful new year and hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We know we're excited: 2024 marks 30 years since Nothin' Fancy was founded as a band in 1994!!

The original members who founded Nothin' Fancy are Mike Andes (mandolin), Guy Carawan (fiddle), Mitchell Davis (banjo) Gary Farris (guitar), and Tony Shorter (bass). There were ten more people who have joined the ranks of the band since then. Let's recognize all 15 former and current members for their time and service as members of Nothin' Fancy:

* Mike Andes (mandolin), 1994 - present
* Guy Carawan (fiddle), 1994 - 1998
* Gary Farris (guitar), 1994 - 2012
* Tony Shorter (bass), 1994 - 2005, 2006 - 2017
* Mitchell Davis (banjo), 1994 - 2018
* Chris Sexton (fiddle), 1998 - present
* Eli Johnston (bass), 2005 - 2006
* Justin Tomlin (guitar), 2012 - 2013
* Jesse Smathers (guitar), 2014 - 2015
* Caleb Cox (guitar), 2015 - 2020
* James Cox (bass), 2017 - 2022
* Jacob Flick (banjo), 2019 - present
* Jacobe Lauzon (guitar), 2021 - 2022
* Curt Gausman (guitar), 2022 - present
* Jenkins (bass), 2023 - present

The band is celebrating with a 30-year anniversary tour, and if you visit our Tourdates page, you'll see we have quite a few new venues on our schedule and venues we have not been in years! We also will be reappearing at many favorite venues for us and for fans alike. Check out the schedule and see where we'll be, and we may still be adding more dates as we go along, so check back in with us from time to time as we add details. There are a few additional surprises, so watch this space, folks!

We hope to see you out there - we're revved up and ready to make 2024 our best year ever, and we want you there along with us to celebrate 30 years of Nothin' Fancy!!

Mike, Chris, Jacob, Curt, and Jenkins

December 2023 Tour Dates!
Hey folks! We've got four upcoming December shows that we're super excited for. Come join us!

Friday 12/8/23 [Pennyroyal Opera House], Quaker City OH

Saturday 12/9/23 [Meadowgreen Music Park], Clay City KY

Friday 12/15/23 [Court Square Theater] Harrisonburg VA

Saturday 12/16/23 [Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church], Manassas VA

Hope to see y'all at one or more of these, they're gonna be a lot of fun.

Nothin' Fancy Festival
Another festival is in the history books!! This festival was a personal best for Nothin' Fancy, and it would not have been possible without our most excellent festival coordinator Robyn Wines and our awesome volunteers. You all rock, and we literally could not do this without you. Thanks to all the bands that gave simply amazing concerts - your talents were much appreciated by our fans, and we had you because we knew you could deliver. Thanks to our emcee Sherry Boyd, who kept things running smoothly from band to band and made us all sound like a million bucks. Thanks to our vendors for keeping people fed and in the case of the festival shirt booth clothed with new threads to commemorate an awesome weekend. Last but certainly not least, the fans deserve a standing ovation: as Mike says, "without you, it would be a boring show!" You're the reason we keep having festivals every year, and you're the reason we travel the roads. Not much words can express our gratitude, so we'll thank you in the style of our bassist Jenkins: Thankins!

A little custodial note: there were some small personal items left specifically near the camper of Mike Andes on Saturday evening, including prescription glasses and a black hoodie. If you feel you left those behind, check with the park main office at (540) 261-7321.

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