Jade and the Greenhouse, a Fargo, N.D., band whose members include a former Aberdeen and Faulkton resident, will perform Saturday night at the Red Rooster Coffee House in Aberdeen.
Jade Monroe, 21, sings and plays guitar and banjo in the band. She is a student at North Dakota State University, where she majors in natural resource management.
Monroe is very familiar with the Red Rooster. She lived in Aberdeen until she was 13, and she's performed at the Rooster as a solo artist and in other bands. Dan Cleberg, one of the co-owners of the Red Rooster, “pretty much saw me grow up,” she said.
In Aberdeen, she attended C.C. Lee and Howard-Hedger elementary schools and Holgate Middle School. She moved to Faulkton when she was 13 and graduated from Faulkton High School in 2010.
“We’re coming down to show our music to our friends and family in the Aberdeen area,” Monroe said, taking a break from homework to talk about the band.
Jade and the Greenhouse plays groove folk, Monroe said.
The musicians have been together only since January, but they’re doing well.
Both older people and young people like the band.
“Our fans are very diverse. It's really fun,” she said.
The band's music is not “poppy,” she said, but the tunes have some hooks that stick with people.
Monroe wrote a song called “Four Seasons.” Referring to the difficulty the weather provides, the songs asks, “Why do I live here?”
Monroe thinks people identify “with the lyrics and with the music we're putting out.”
Monroe is the only member of the band from South Dakota. Two of the musicians, Justin Ramey and Alec Holland, are from West Jefferson, Ohio. The other, Jake Blotter, is from Mandan, N.D.
Ramey handles lead guitar and backup vocals. Holland plays bass. Blotter is the drummer.
At the end of this school year, the group will record an album.
The music starts at 7 p.m. Also performing will be Sfumato, Will Brown and Megan Fischer. Admission to the all-ages show is $3.
Monroe invites people to come “find out what we're about.”