Pleasant Valley’s Andrew Janosek Loves History and Bluegrass

By: Lisa V. Proulx

Growing up playing piano and cello, Pleasant Valley resident Andrew Janosek, 30, picked up Bluegrass music as a student at Maryland University and began playing banjo as well. “I fell in love with Bluegrass and completely immersed myself in it!”

He began playing shows in 2015 and has played many venues around the region with shows in Maryland, Pennsylvania, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Originally from Annapolis, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Criminal Justice and a certificate in Turf Grass Management and is now a tree farmer. He moved to Pleasant Valley in 2019 after accepting a farm manager position at Raemelton Farm in Adamstown, where his dog Hazel works alongside him every day.

“I fell in love with the history and the beauty of Pleasant Valley,” he says, and now lives in Trego Rohrersville Station “right along the little Antietam Creek.”

Single, he describes himself as a farmer during the day and a bluegrass musician the rest of the time. He has shows coming up in the area this year and would love to spread the word and invites everyone to come out to hear him play.

He plays banjo in Rock Creek Revival, Bilgewater Bluegrass, and Andrew Janosek & Friends. (All three groups can be found on social media.)

Upcoming local shows are:

5/29 @ Big Cork Vineyard, Rohrersville (Rock Creek Revival) 1-4

6/26 @ Shafer Park, Boonsboro (Rock Creek Revival) 7-830

9/25 @ Big Cork Vineyard, Rohrersville (Bilgewater) 1-4

10/2 @ Big Cork Vineyard, Rohrersville (Rock Creek Revival) 1-4

10/23 @ Harpers Ferry Brewing (Rock Creek Revival) TBD

10/30 @ Harpers Ferry Brewing (AJ & Friends) TBD

Left to right- Andrew Janosek, Dave Zelonka on bass, Sean McCartney on guitar, and Alex Orr on mandolin. The photo was taken last summer at Harpers Ferry Brewing.

 

Lisa V. Proulx
Posted by: Lisa V. Proulx

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