Like Roger and Ebert, spaghetti and meatballs, Pippen and Jordan...... The upright Bass and Mandolin make for a tasty pairing.
Join Brian Oberlin & Ian Thompson live at the Grand Armory Brewing Company.
Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator. During his decades long professional career, Brian has been playing swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist. Brian celebrated the release of his 20th album in May, 2016; Troubadour which features Brian playing solo and singing original music. Along with the myriad of award-winning bands (GER Mandolin Orchestra with Mike Marshall and Twin Mandolin Slingers with Evan J. Marshall) and ensembles he has collaborated with throughout the United States and Europe, Brian is also the founder and director of the River of the West Mandolin Camp, the Great Lakes Mandolin Camp and the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. Brian was a top ten finalist at the 2013 Telluride Troubadour Contest, an instructor/performer at the 2012, 2013 and 2017 International Mandolin Academy in Italy, a featured soloist at the 2014 EuroFest Plucked String Festival in Bruchsal, Germany, and a featured soloist at the 2015 Mandolin Upgrade festival in Berlin, Germany. When he is not performing, Brian teaches music to children and adults at art centers, cultural events, festivals, camps, music schools and academies. www.mandoberlin.com
Ian Thompson is an electric/upright bassist, freelance musician and educator based out of Grand Rapids, MI. In 2015, Thompson received a Music Performance degree from Grand Rapids Community College. There he studied Classical Bass with Grand Rapids Symphony member, Michael Crawford and Upright Jazz Bass with prestigious bassist/pianist David Hay.
Performing a wide range of styles with a multitude of different groups/artists in Michigan, Thompson has made a name for himself as a flexible go-to bassist on the music scene, performing with Big Band Nouveau, Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and other mainstay Jazz Musicians of Grand Rapids. Musical theatre credentials include the Civic Theatre, Circle Theatre, Actors Theatre, a handful of High Schools around West Michigan. Thompson has performed at a plethora of theatres, bars, and other venues around state of Michigan with folk, rock and bluegrass artists. Outside of west Michigan, Thompson has toured in 20 different States across the U.S with Super Happy Funtime Burlesque, a variety show based out of Grand Rapids.
Thompson has been teaching private lessons as a staff member of Triumph Music Academy (Grand Rapids, MI) for 4 years. There he mentors students of all ages and abilities through one on one private lessons and as well as directing group band classes. Thompson has also given performance workshops to school groups in the Grand Rapids area. Currently Thompson performs with international touring Bluegrass artist Mark Lavengood.