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Kitchen Dwellers Bring Galaxy Grass Back to the ‘Boat

02/18/2022 12:00PM ● By Rachel Miller

Photo courtesy of the Kitchen Dwellers

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – The Montana-based quartet of Shawn Swain (mandolin), Joe Funk (upright bass), Torrin Daniels (banjo) and Max Davies (acoustic guitar) are returning to the WinterWonderGrass stage next weekend at Steamboat Resort. The Kitchen Dwellers have been captivating fans across the country for the last 11 years with their lively performances and unique take on bluegrass. Calling it “Galaxy Grass,” the Kitchen Dwellers’ twist on traditional bluegrass has taken them worldwide, playing shows for large crowds at reputable venues and festivals. The Kitchen Dwellers are scheduled to play two sets at WinterWonderGrass Festival on Saturday, February 26. 

How long have the Kitchen Dwellers been playing together?

Eleven years. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 11 years already. 

Have you played WinterWonderGrass Festival before?

Yeah, we played Steamboat one time, and Tahoe and Vermont.

What’s a favorite memory you have of playing WWG in Steamboat?

There was a late night show we had downtown at Schmiggity’s and I remember it being particularly rowdy and a dang good time. We also had an array of those tent sets where we had a few people sit in with us like Andy Thorn and those were really fun.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s WinterWonderGrass?

The collaborations. I think getting onto the big stage in Steamboat this year is going to be pretty fun. I’m also really looking forward to seeing Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real perform; I’ve never seen him play before so I’m looking forward to that. 

What makes WinterWonderGrass different from other festivals you’ve played before?

Well first of all it’s in the middle of winter, and that’s pretty unique as far as a festival goes. It brings a different vibe. I feel like there’s almost an ancient tradition of winter festivals and culture across the world, kind of like bringing the light in the darkest time of the year. I really think WinterWonderGrass brings out this special vibe because of that. 

What are your thoughts on returning to the WWG stage for the festival’s 10th anniversary in Colorado?

It felt incredibly fulfilling to be invited back. We have extreme gratitude, especially after these past two years. It feels great to get back out there and bring joy for a lot of people. We can’t wait to return to Steamboat.