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Ed Helms to host the Bluegrass Situation at Bonnaroo
Here's a fact about Ed Helms many people still don't seem to know: He plays the banjo. Really, really well.
Helms isn't just a fan of bluegrass music. He loves it so much that he, along with Amy Reitnouer and Cameron Matthews, created a music festival called the Bluegrass Situation. Perhaps you may have heard of it, since it's done quite well in recent years on the Los Angeles music scene.
Helms also plays with his band, the Lonesome Trio, which he formed as a student at Oberlin College with friends Jacob Tilove and Ian Riggs. In addition to the festival, they maintain a website which also promotes bluegrass and roots music.
Helms frequently performs as part of "Whiskey Sour Radio Hour," a variety show inspired by "A Prairie Home Companion." And for the third straight year he's set to host the Bluegrass Situation at Bonnaroo, with his very own stage at the festival.
"I grew up in Atlanta, Ga., and there was some early exposure to it, but it's not like it was very prevalent in my family or anything," Helms said in a recent interview, explaining the roots of his love for bluegrass. "But I also spent summers up in the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, and it was always a sound that resonated for me and I felt a connection to these places that meant a lot to me. … It just felt authentic and something that I gravitated to."
Helms will be in good company at Bonnaroo. Joining him for the event will be the likes of Billy Joel, DeadMau5, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine and more.
Noted actor, comedian blazes a Bluegrass trail (Created June 20, 2013)
Ed Helms is undoubtedly best known for his roles on both the big and small screen, but the actor is far from a one-trick pony. He's also a known comedian, and is part of a band called "The Lonesome Trio" originally formed with two friends while they were still in college. It's in that respect that Helms finds himself listed on the SeatGeek website.
After graduating from Oberlin College in 1996, Helms began a comedy and acting career in New York City. He performed with various sketch comedy bands, and studied improvisation with the Upright Citizens Brigade. But he also worked as a trainee film editor at a post-production house in Manhattan, and after doing voiceover work, he quickly landed with a talent agent.
Helms would go on to experience a wealth of success in Hollywood, but not before his role on the satirical news program "The Daily Show." Next came roles in films like "The Hangover Part II," not to mention the scene-stealing role of Andy Bernard in NBC's hit comedy "The Office." But there's only one reason why you're still reading this bio, and it's addressed in the next paragraph.
Helms grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and spent summers in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He fell in love with the banjo and felt a significant connection to Bluegrass music, which would serve as the roots of Lonesome Trio. Altogether, this doesn't necessarily explain how he recently ended up jamming with The Lumineers during a recent appearance at Bonnaroo … or does it?
No matter what Helms does, he seems to do it well. So be sure to check out his jam sessions when you get the chance. You never know when or where he'll show up on stage next.
Past Tour Dates for Ed Helms
Ed Helms Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 04/06/2014 Los Angeles CA Largo at the Coronet 01/12/2014 Los Angeles CA Largo at the Coronet
Ed Helms Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 06/13/2013 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 03/27/2013 Los Angeles CA Largo at the Coronet