Barbaro’s musical vision explores their collective life experiences through intricate instrumentation, creatively bending traditional music into a style that is all their own. The Minneapolis-Winona based rising stars have created their eclectic sound through original songwriting craft, with inspiration derived from bluegrass, jazz and chamber music. Their new album, Dressed in Roses, released January 2020, “Stands as a true testament to their musical identity and the sound that has launched one of the Midwest’s most in-demand acoustic acts.”
Barbaro has performed at premier music festivals including Blue Ox, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Boats & Bluegrass, MBOTMA, and will be at Strawberry Music Festival and Pickin’ On this summer 2020. In 2018, the band released their first EP and claimed two contest wins, at the John Hartford Memorial Festival Band Contest and MBOTMA’s Americana Roots Band Contest.
“Barbaro brightens the Midwest bluegrass scene.”
-The Bluegrass Situation
"Barbaro is a unique blend of original, crafty songwriting that makes them an odds-on favorite for a breakout year."
-Music in Minnesota
“When I listen to Barbaro I find myself leaning into the sound… trying to figure out where this unique blend came from, and where it’s going next!”
-Mike Pengra, Radio Heartland
“Barbaro budge beyond the bounds of bluegrass.”
-The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
“On Minneapolis-based Barbaro’s forthcoming debut album… sonic journeys unravel in unexpected ways.”
“2018 was a year of acceleration for Barbaro as a band, and they don’t have plans to slow down anytime soon. “
-Minnesota Bluegrass Magazine
“Fast-rising Minnesota newgrassers... features fleet-fingered playing (expected), and also a gift for dynamics and restraint (not always a bluegrass hallmark)."
“Barbaro uses a traditional bluegrass stage to create new tunes that blend newgrass, country, and jazz styles.”
-Wisconsin Public Radio