Originally Published: July 16, 2015 6 a.m.
There's always a band or two playing down on Whiskey Row, but sometimes, a special act comes to one of Prescott's watering holes. And on Sunday, July 19, a band by the name of Jared and the Mill will perform at the Birdcage Saloon. Originating from Phoenix, the band has performed all over the country and is excited to perform in Prescott.
Jared Kolesar, the eponymous Jared of Jared and the Mill, said that he can't think of a defining moment for his musical start, noting that he started playing violin in fourth grade and has always been singing. The violin, he said, eventually morphed into a guitar.
As for how the band got its name, Kolesar said that it all begins with the songs, stating that when they are written, they are run through the mill.
"It's indicative of our writing process," he said. "I consider us a song mill."
The band's music is part folk, part bluegrass, with some rocking blues thrown in. Band members play upright bass, banjo, guitar, accordian, and washboard.
Kolesar said he loves being able to travel all over the place to perform, adding that he considers himself fortunate to be able to explore the United States at age 25. He said that experiencing new subcultures and ways of living has been an adventure. And if he could pick his favorite places he's traveled to, Kolesar said they would be North Carolina, Washington state, the Oregon Coast and Prescott.
Even though all six band members are native Arizonans, Kolesar said it's rare that the band gets to play in Arizona. And coming to Prescott, Kolesar said, will bring an "energy that can't be replicated."
Kolesar also writes songs for the band and said that he gets his inspiration from life, citing that the first album focused on growing up.
"Our latest record has a lot about the lifestyle on the road," he said. "Sacrificing a lot socially and spiritually."
Kolesar said he's pumped to able to play in Prescott at the Birdcage Saloon, 160 S. Montezuma St, on Sunday, July 19. The music starts at 4 p.m.
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