July 13th 2011 this 'funky bluegrass' band of NGCSU students and alumni performed an innovative bluegrass version of 'Billie Jean' in front of the cameras for NBC's America's Got Talent. Though they were unfortunately voted off that round, a month later they were called back for the 'wild card' show by Howie due to a flood of online requests. They didn't move forward that night, but their popularity took off like a sky rocket carrying founder/mandolin player, Zac McConnell; vocalist Adam Kersh; bassist Trygve Myers; guitarist and harmonica player, Michael Wallace; and Jake Larios on the banjo. There's no telling where they will land with a little bit of time and focus on honing their extremely unique style of 'bluegrass backed pop' music! We'll definitely have Coffee House seats available (reserved by phone only) for this sure to be sold out 'home town' show!
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FIDDLEHEADS: The Fiddleheads are a group of bluegrass-inspired, genre-crossing musicians from Dahlonega, Georgia formed by mandolin player Zak McConnell in the fall of 2009. They first performed in front of a packed audience in Shott Auditorium of North Georgia College & State University in November of that year when they instantly amazed the audience, wowing them with renditions of traditional bluegrass ballads, modern rock, and songs from the pinnacle of 80's pop music.
Michael Wallace and Jake Larios, with whom Zak had worked on previous occasions for various projects within the University's music department, were natural choices to fill the band's guitarist and banjoist slots. Each had long histories with bluegrass music, yet from varying backgrounds. To round out the then-quartet, Trygve Myers, longtime friend of Zak and past musical collaborator, was brought in to play bass - both stand up and electric. The group continued to play gigs, weddings, and other concerts for the next year and a half, enjoying perpetual growth and success, which stepped up considerably when they added popular local vocalist Adam Kersh to their lineup in January of 2011.