Bluegrass group The Henhouse Prowlers at Mary’s Place Oct. 7

Staff Report

Chicago bluegrass band The Henhouse Prowlers will perform at Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St., Friday, Oct. 7.

With a PBS series soundtrack already to its credit and a sophomore recording in the works, The Henhouse Prowlers have been performing on the bluegrass scene since 2004.

2010 proved to be a monumental year for the Prowlers. The band placed third in the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, and followed that with a win at the Rockygrass band competition. They also finished recording their new album, released in March.

Dedicated equally to tradition and innovation, The Henhouse Prowlers center their sound on that of the early, formative years of bluegrass, while they keep their pulse on today by covering contemporary topics in a largely original repertoire.

The group’s prolific songwriting provides entrée to 21st-century topics not typically tackled by traditional bluegrass groups. With fiddler Ryan Hinshaw, five-string banjo picker Ben Wright, Eric Lambert on guitar and upright bassist Jon Goldfine, The Henhouse Prowlers bring to the table diverse musical backgrounds.

Visit for more about the group.

Mary’s Place can be reached at (815) 962-7944 or online at

From the Oct. 5-11, 2011, issue

One thought on “Bluegrass group The Henhouse Prowlers at Mary’s Place Oct. 7

  • October 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Henhouse Prowlers? Yes! They are back for 100th time and where else? Mary’s! Rockford needs a clue and must stop bringing the same tired acts to the same tired places. Let me guess, Charlotte’s Web has California Guitar Trio or Jim Post is playing somewhere too? Geesh. I can’t take much more of the Rockford arts and entertainment scene! It’s terrible to put it mildly.

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