Meet the Fest

Meet QuickChester !

Get Off the Grid Fest would like to welcome QuickChester to the Elderberry Jam Stage!

Paul Quick and Mark Chester began jamming together sometime around 2010. By 2012 they were playing around Asheville, NC as a duo called “QuickChester,” performing a variety of rock covers and original songs penned by Chester.

A life-long student of guitar and Asheville resident for more than 30 years, Paul Quick played lead guitar for “The Back Pages” for over a decade. Prior to that, he played and recorded with the band “Louisiana.” Today he is also lead guitarist in “The Lost Chord,” a Moody Blues tribute band that includes Kate Barber on flute.

Mark Chester moved to Asheville in 2008 from Atlanta, GA, where he played congas and percussion with “The Flying Oatsmen,” and Col. Bruce Hampton’s “Madrid Express.” Once in Asheville, he began to hone his guitar skills and write music.

Today, QuickChester performs as a five-piece band featuring Kate Barber on flute, Ed Barber on bass and guitar, Nathan Ebanks on keyboard and guitar, Paul Quick, lead guitar, and Mark Chester, rhythm guitar. With a focus on vocal harmonies and instrumentals of combined guitar, flute and keys, QuickChester performs original songs that span a variety of styles. In February of 2019, QuickChester released their first album, “Cocoon.” The 11 original songs span genres that include indie-folk, rock, funk and blues.

Hear QuickChester play on the Elderberry Jam stage on Friday at 6 pm.  And special thanks to Mark Chester for being one of our fest shuttle drivers.

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