The Midwest Rythm Exchange is an exciting, high-energy, acoustic quartet that branches out into many musical stylings. Covering everything from Jazz to Americana, Gypsy to Blues, and Bluegrass to Reggae. MRE offers a unique musical experience.
The band was founded in an attempt to bring traditional gypsy swing and other acoustic styles to a modern audience. Through a combination of progressive arrangements, experienced musicianship, and inspired compositions they deliver a high-energy show that finds a way to connect traditional music to a modern 'jukebox audience'.
Their music has taken them to the Green Apple Music Festival in Chicago and many other cities around the Midwest. They currently play a weekly gig at the premier Jazz club in Indianapolis, The Jazz Kitchen, and play many other regular shows in and around Indianapolis and the Midwest.
The band is currently composed of Kevin Lee Guthridge (Blue Hound Underground) on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Kris Potts (Ladymoon, Flatland Harmony Experiment) on mandolin, Johnny Plott (Flatland Harmony Experiment) on banjo and vocals, and Aaron Ransdell (Tonos Triad) on the upright bass. Their song list consists of nearly 70 songs, including covers such as MIles Davis's "So What", "The Thrill is Gone", Django Reinhardt's "Minor Swing", "Listen to the Music" by the Doobie Brothers, and "Sweet Child of Mine"
You won't want to miss what this band has to offer as they gain momentum and prepare to record a new album this fall!