About Us

 Five 'n Change is a New Haven, Connecticut based bluegrass band that drives hard and carries a big pick. They respect the tradition. They respect the trailblazers. And they respect the renegade outlaws. Our final product is an eclectic balance of American roots music which both reinterprets and redefines the bluegrass songbook.

Formed in 2011, the band has spent the last several years building a catalog of music that showcases the group’s strong vocals, musicianship, and passion for genre busting. The band released their debut album in the Fall of 2013 entitled Live in the Chamber to rave reviews and followed up with a self titled EP release. (Both CD's are available in the MUSIC section of this website).


Ken McEwen - Lead vocals and guitar

Ken picked up his brothers guitar at age 12 and never quit!  Soon after, his vocal ability flourished and he became known for singing in choirs, the school chorus and later folk and rock bands.  After attending his first bluegrass festival in 2001, Ken was hooked on the stylings of Flatt and Scruggs as well as contemporary bluegrass artists.  Ken supports the local music scene by performing at many non-profit organizations fund raisers each year.


Pete Kaufman - Banjo

Pete is a Milford, CT based five-string banjo player.  In addition to Bluegrass, he enjoys exploring a wide rangeof musical stylings.  Jazz, Irish, Rock, and Outlaw Country are all major influences.  Pete is an active leader in the New England roots music scene, serving on the board of directors for several non-profit musicand arts organizations.


David Sasso - Mandolin and vocals

  David hails from Indiana, near Bill Monroe's old stomping grounds. He was classically trained and has a degree in music composition from Indiana University. David met the rest of Five ,n Change at his first bluegrass festival outside Boston in 2016. With February temps plummeting to negative 20 outside, David had nowhere to run to when the bluegrass bug came to bite.


Kat Wallace - Fiddle and vocals

  Kat, a Connecticut native, is a recent graduate of the Ithaca College strings program. Classically trained, she drifts effortlessly between Johann Sebastian Bach and Kenny Baker. An accomplished and impressive instrumentalist...and vocalist... her fiddle chop adds texture and swagger to the sound of Five.


Dave Casali - Upright bass

  Dave is from Glastonbury, CT and is the bass player for Five 'n Change. Dave began his musical career in high school garage bands in the early 1970’s.  When Dave purchased the Circle Album back in 1974, there was no turning back. Bluegrass was in his blood and continues to this day. Dave has been a member of several bluegrass bands in the past playing banjo, guitar, and recently, upright bass.