"The Mason Via Band brings an intoxicating mix of booty shaking, foot-moving funk to the stage. Via, the college freshman who's been playing festivals and venues for more than 5 years, has an all-star cast including guitar, drums, bass, keys and pedal steel".
- Rives Theatre/ Roosterwalk
Mason Via is a talented young musician/singer/songwriter out of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, who is on his rise to stardom. Originally from Danbury, NC, Mason has been playing acoustic guitar since the age of 12. Mason grew up going to fiddlers conventions and festivals, being taught by his father, notable bluegrass musician David Via. Also being taught by accomplished musicians Rex Mcgee, Ryan Cavanagh, and Clay Jones. In May of 2015 Mason released his first studio album, "Up, Up, Up", which contains 11 original compositions. Mason recorded this CD at the studio of one of Ben Fold's past touring guitarists, Britt Uzzell. Mason's lyrics are considered by many to be the driving force behind his band's music, and his vocals back up the deep emotion that his lyrics possess. You can find Mason touring solo, with his father(David Via), with the Mason Via Band(Funk/Americana), or with his bluegrass side projects(WWC BG Band, Hot Trail Mix, Mason Via & Joe Troop)
Mason has placed in contests and picked up ribbons for vocals, guitar, or mandolin from conventions like: Mt Airy Fiddlers Convention, Elk Creek Fiddlers Convention, Fries Fiddlers Convention, Union Grove Fiddlers Convention, Shakori Hills, Loudoun Bluegrass festival, etc. The talented young man has been featured on several college radio shows across NC, featured on UNC-TV, and has been featured on Life in the Carolinas. Notable past venues include: Floydfest, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Richmond Folk Festival, Roosterwalk, Watermelon Park Fest, etc...The Mason Via Band have shared lineups with bands such as Loretta Lynn, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, Nahko & The Medicine for the People, Pokey Lafarge, Tim Obrien & Darrel Scott, The Wood Brothers,etc.
"Mason Via, a young man with thoughtful insight and a craftsman’s skill at song writing that is surprising given his tender age"
-Camel City Dispatch
"Mason Via is a talented song-writer and multi-instrumentalist from North Carolina, making his mark across the region in coffee houses, concert venues and festivals and was the winner of Shakori Hills’ Fall 2014 band contest. With an impressive group of supporting musicians, you will hear an eclectic blend of funky folk, blues and jazz influenced covers that will make you want to get up and boogie. But his original compositions are the most surprising! Check out his first CD!" - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
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"Mason, a stunningly gifted young singer and songwriter. Mason has received critical acclaim for his debut CD Up, Up, Up, which is comprised entirely of original compositions. Mason spent his childhood accompanying his dad to fiddlers’ conventions, music festivals, concerts, and jams, where he soaked up not only his father’s music but that of countless others"- Virginia Folklife Program
I meet a lot of wonderful people as I travel the Carolina roads. Mason Via is one of those people. In a loud room, he shared a story about the power of music in his life.Posted by Life In The Carolinas TV Show on Saturday, January 16, 2016
"Mason is a songwriter, and he's an incredible musician, right?...Yeah he is he's incredible!" -Carl White, Life in the Carolinas
"Mason Via(Band) are local artists whose youthful energy and creative mix of genres typify good Americana music. Come ready to listen to great lyrics and dance to a rootsy beat.” - (Jessup Mill)
"The Mason Via Band is among the next wave of young musical talent coming out of Stokes County and the Piedmont of North Carolina. Using a combination of impressive musicianship with strong vocals, the group has a dedicated following that is growing with every performance. Equally impressive are the selections of uniquely crafted original songs along with cover favorites using a new twist. A new young groove, with an authentic sound, The Mason Via Band is no longer following the musical trends, but setting their very own."
--Stokes County Arts Council