The Acousticatz

The Acousticatz are steeped in bluegrass but tinged by pop, jazz and
country and can best be summed up in just five words: Everything old
is new again. This group offers a refreshing, wholesome approach that
crosses demographic lines and embraces young and old alike.

They were Arkansas State winners and national semifinalists (one of 10
acts out of more than 100,000) of the Colgate Country Showdown, the
biggest country music competition in the world. Performing a blend of
original and traditional favorites, the group has enjoyed extensive
touring throughout Arkansas and the U.S. as well as maintaining a
brisk schedule for the Arkansas Arts Council Arts On Tour program.
The Acousticatz are also a featured group with the Mid-America Arts
Alliance in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
They've also been featured the last four years at the American Music
and Craftsmanship festival at Silver Dollar City and are proud members
of the International Bluegrass Music Association. The group has three
cds to their credit and are working on their fourth recording project
with some exciting new original material.

Pete Brown heads up the stage performances for The Acousticatz with
incredible driving fiddle, mandolin and sings baritone, lead and a
number of attempts at humor. Pete's been performing for 30+ years
for bluegrass and country audiences and frequently gets asked to
judge state and national fiddle championships. Pete lives in Benton,

Buddy Case is a gifted singer/songwriter and considered by many as
one of the top finger style guitar players in the country. Raised in
California, Buddy's family moved to Little Rock when he was 14 and he
began playing lead guitar in a 40 piece church orchestra. During his
career, he has recorded a number of solo and collaborative albums.
Buddy and his beautiful wife, Karen make their home in Enola, AR

Patti LaFleur started picking banjo at a very young age and bought a
bass at the age of 12 to join a group that needed a bass player. Her
driving bass style is the glue that holds The Acousticatz together. Patti
sings tenor, lead, handles bookings for the band and attempts to keep
Pete Brown humble. Patti lives in Benton, AR.

With three albums to their credit since forming in the spring of 2002,
the group has racked up an impressive list of fans. Here's just a
sampling of what people are saying about the group:

"The Acousticatz form a bluegrass band unrivaled in Arkansas. Their
brand of bluegrass goes beyond the normal limits, exploring jazz,
swing and pop styles into a mix of their own." -- John Van Orman,
Entertainment Director, Ozark Folk Center

"The talented members of the Acousticatz present a distinctive and
tasteful swirl of country, jazz and bluegrass sounds." -- D.A. Callaway,
Silver Dollar City

"This group has actually gotten me excited about playing again myself,
just knowing that music this good can still be made. There is a magic
and an excitement about them that is indefinable. You simply have to
hear it to believe it." -- Ricky David Tripp, former RCA recording artist
and National Champion, True Value Country Showdown (1992)

"The Acousticatz gave our audience a delightful style of music most
had not heard in concert before and totally captivated the crowd with
their vitality, charm and musicianship." -- Ron Petti, VP of Programs,
Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild (at 1500 members,
the largest symphony guild in the U.S.)

"The Acousticatz have something for everyone: beautiful vocal
harmonies, outstanding musicianship and extremely entertaining live
shows. Their song selection will please people with diverse musical
tastes as they play bluegrass standards, Gospel tunes, contemporary
bluegrass compositions and unique arrangements of songs originally
performed in other genres of music like jazz, pop, country and rock
music. Their love for bluegrass music and for playing music together
shines through in everything they do. The Acousticatz are true
professionals and I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking a
band to perform at their event." -- Marty Scarbrough, KASU Program
Director and sponsor of Bluegrass Monday Concert Series.

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