Thursday, February 9, 2017
Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards have a vision for their band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and bassist Natalie Bohrn (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese's poignant and powerful singing. For their forthcoming album, the band is exploring their special and less common instrumentation with the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow.
The new record has a wide emotional and sonic scope. The four voices are just as much instruments as they are providers for lyric and harmony. At times its rowdy, delicate and cinematic. The result is a sound that can start as a string band, and morph into a string quartet, female acappella group, or indie band; all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. Watching them on the main stage at a summer folk festival, or tearing it up late-night at a club, you get the sense that they might snap some fiddle strings or punch a hole in the bass drum. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.
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This show is sold out as of 2/20/17. See you next time.
Monday, January 23, 2017
"Tugboats" Ep Release January 27
“While they’re technically a new band, The Brother Brothers have been in this together for life, and their familial connection comes through in the music, harkening back to some of the greatest family harmonies ever made. They approach their poignant and often charming songs with an almost startling sense of ease, and the tight harmonies are enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Their ability to pull the listener into their quietly energetic musical journey is a joy to behold. I can’t wait to be out on the road with Adam & David and hear their heart wrenching songs and spot on harmonies night after night!”” — Sarah Jarosz
Rich harmonies and thoughtful songs accompanied by guitar, cello, violin and banjo as only a group like the Brother Brothers can offer. Already established players and composers in a wide spectrum of genres throughout the NY musical circuit, they are finally teaming up to bring their individual experiences together.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
The Jenkins House Concert series is happy to bring in the new year with Bruce Molsky's trio, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, on Saturday, January 7th. This newly formed group will be in NYC to present a showcase for APAP - The Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. She loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and a fresh approach to the trio. Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Crossing over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops. We hope you'll join us to hear the collaboration of these three fine players!
"Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who 'gets it': has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it" - Mark Knopfler
Please contact Sandilion49@gmail.com for reservations and details. This concert is filling up quickly so please RSVP soon. Note that the start time for this concert is 7:30 and the door opens at 7:00.
This show is sold out as of 12/30/16. See you next time.
Happy New Year 2017
Monday, November 28, 2016
Looking for a little light as the days get darker? Come party with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem as they release WINTERSONG – a Christmas CD that skips the holiday canon and digs up the power and beauty at the roots of this ancient holiday.
Like New Englanders in wintertime, WINTERSONG summons two responses to the dark: reflection and celebration. Hole up and think about your life, then go out and party. The band’s CD release show will feature plenty of both, from danceable, electric guitar- and banjo-driven carols and songs, to hushed Tennyson and Longfellow settings, to fiddle-driven New Year’s shouts from the Georgia Sea Islands and Louisiana. The sum of these parts is a surprising winter journey full of fierce poetry, wild joy and hope for humanity. Hope you can join us. http://www.raniarbo.com/band/
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Friday, October 28, 2016
"Exuberant and rhythmic somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel's playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China, and India.
Hanneke's latest release, Dot the Dragon's Eyes, features an all-star cast of musicians - including Mike Block, Rushad Eggleston, Jeremy Kittel, Keith Murphy, Christopher Lewis, Dave Wiesler, Ryan McKasson, Cali McKasson Kovin, and Ariel Friedman. Influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island fuse together with grooves and musical innovations from the hip Boston bluegrass/Americana scene to give Hanneke a uniquely American approach to Scottish music. She creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the tradition.
Hanneke will be accompanied by pianist Dave Wiesler who is highly regarded for his rhythmic and innovative playing, his versatility in different styles of music, and his expansive musical imagination. A regular performer for over two decades throughout the mid-Atlantic, Dave is at home in music for contra dance, English dance, Scottish dance, waltz, Viennese and vintage ballroom, classical and romantic music, swing dance, and as a concert and choral accompanist. He has played at numerous music and dance camps and festivals across the country, as well as in Canada, Scotland, England, and France, and his playing and compositions are featured on two dozen recordings.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Sam Reider is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, NYC. A jazz pianist turned folk musician, Sam has spent the last eight years redefining American roots music on the accordion. His original music draws inspiration from sources ranging from Woody Guthrie to George Gershwin to Ennio Morricone. Sam has been featured on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, toured in seven countries overseas, and appears regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center and major festivals nationwide.
Sam is co-leader of Brooklyn-based roots band Silver City Bound, which the Huffington Post calls, “Americana at its best.” In 2013 the U.S. Department of State selected Silver City Bound to be cultural ambassadors overseas, and they conducted a six-week tour of China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. In 2016 they went abroad again, this time to Azerbaijan and Istanbul, where they collaborated on a benefit concert with young Syrian, Turkish, Kurdish, Palestinian, and American musicians. Global Citizen’s coverage of the concert is available here.
In addition to his work with Silver City Bound, Sam leads a collective of acoustic musicians based in Brooklyn, NY. He collaborates regularly with swing guitarist Roy Williams, mandolinist Jacob Joliff (Yonder Mountain String Band, Joy Kills Sorrow), violinist Alex Hargreaves (Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz Band), bluegrass guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet), and saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Jon Batiste Stay Human Band). Consummate performers and improvisers with conservatory-training, these artists are boldly reshaping the landscape of American acoustic music. You can find them playing weekly in different formats at Rockwood Music Hall, Sunny’s Bar, Barbes, Bar Lunatico, and other venues around New York City.
Sam is committed to having a positive impact on his community. Sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sam does over sixty concerts and workshops each year at public schools around the country. These performances explore the links between American music and social studies themes like freedom, democracy, and civil rights. Sam’s interest in music and social change began when he planned a benefit concert that raised $15,000 for San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention center. The San Francisco Chronicle ran an article on the front page of the entertainment section, “He's got rhythm. And for someone his age, plenty of soul, too.”
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Suzy Williams is a singer-songwriter from Venice, California. She has been declared "LA's Diva Deluxe" by the Los Angeles Weekly, and "the Songbird of Venice" by the Venice Beachhead newspaper. Suzy is known for her "enormously amusing, endearing presence ... with tough, belting authority" (John Rockwell, New York Times) as well as her voice that is “vibrant and lusty ... great gusto and bold emotion" (Nat Hentoff, Cosmopolitan) and her "energy must be seen to be believed ... a natural performer" (Robert Palmer, New York Times).
Rich Jenkins is a consummate pianist and working musician from New York City. He has worked with Suzy at The Sweet Chariot Music Festival on Swan’s Island, Maine for the past18 years. Rich has mastered thousands of songs throughout his career, playing and singing in hotels and other piano rooms across the city, including The St. Regis Hotel, Mario Batali’s Del Posto and his personal favorite, Central Park's Boat House.
We are located on Manhattan's Upper West Side. For more information contact Sandilion49@gmail.com.