Noodly mandolin: check. Happy-go-lucky guitar strumming: check. Rambly, shambly drum beats: check. Jam interludes: check. Portland, Ore.-based Fruition mixes the essential Pacific Northwest folk/bluegrass/Americana ingredients and layers it with good-natured vagabond swagger. It's a familiar flavor that goes down easy.
Fans of the flannel-and-banjo scene have probably run across Fruition at one time or another. The string-dominant quintet has kept good company in some of the region's biggest rooms, touring and collaborating with the likes of Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival and The Head and The Heart. Meanwhile, Fruition has played the High Sierra Music Festival, Crystal Ballroom and The Fillmore in San Francisco. The band will add Boise's Grove Plaza to that list at Alive After Five on Wednesday, Aug. 12, joined by local opener Stoneseed.