Portland, Ore.-bred bluegrass / folk band Fruition owe their existence to small gigs -- and by that, we mean busking on sidewalks all over America.

"All we did was busk," vocalist, guitarist and pianist Kellen Asebroek tells The Boot. "That's how we got paid; that's how we got any connections."

Asebroek is joined in Fruition by Jay Cobb Anderson (vocals, lead guitar and harmonica), Mimi Naja (vocals, mandolin and electric and acoustic guitar), Jeff Leonard (bass) and Tyler Thompson (drums and banjo). The band has five full-length albums under their belts and recently released an EP, Fire, and Asebroek describes their formation as something magical.

"Serendipity and luck and some kind of musical magnetism brought us together," he says. "I can't imagine building a career with anybody else."

Read on to learn more about Fruition, from the crazy way they landed their manager to which dinosaur they, as a band, most resemble.

Fruition will spend their fall on the road in California, the Northeast and the Midwest, including stops at the Borderland Festival in East Aurora, N.Y.; Boats and Bluegrass and Winona, Minn.; and New York City's Brooklyn Bowl. Visit FruitionBand.com for more details.

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