… “Andru Bemis, hailing from South Haven, Mich., opened the evening at 7 p.m. and thrilled the audience for about an hour.
Bemis’ songs were story-like. He had great stage presence and a good sense of humor.
To top that, Bemis was a wizard on the acoustic guitar, fiddle and banjo.
Bemis, 35, travels from show to show via public transportation, most often using buses, trains or even hitchhiking.
I had the chance to interview him Sunday.
Bemis had high praise for the Dirtsandwich Music Co.
“It’s beautiful,” he said. “And what really sets it part [sic] is it’s about music. It’s not about beer or food, with music in the background. What they are selling is music. It’s really rare to find that.”
In the early to mid-2000s, Bemis would play 150-200 shows per year.
From 2007 to 2011, he concentrated mainly on a venue (Foundry Hall) in South Haven, which is a non-profit, all-ages community center and performance venue.
Now, he’s back to playing at least 150 concerts annually.
Bemis said he’s been playing violin since he was 3 or 4 years old. He added the acoustic guitar to his repertoire about 1995 and then picked up the banjo in 2003.
Bemis had a great time playing Sunday for the Norwalk audience.
“I thought it was great,” he said. “It was a good time and that’s what it is all about.”
Bemis will return to Dirtsandwich on May 9.” …. – Scott Seitz, Entertainment, Norwalk County Reflector [Norwalk, OH]