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Americana Double Header this Thursday at Jalopy!

Dubl Handi kicks things off at 8 pm opening for The Lonesome Trio. Dubl Handi is guy/girl team Hilary Hawke and Brian Geltner named after the Washboard company from the 1800’s. Dubl Handi is pronounced like, Double Handy, just spelled different. In the tradition of folk music around the world rhythmic groove is a pervasive thread. Dubl Handi uses percussion, drums, and banjo to play songs from appalachian region of the Northeast States.

The Lonesome Trio play at 9pm. Twenty years ago, in the rolling plains of northern Ohio, a strange and fortuitous gathering occurred. Ed Helms, Ian Riggs, and Jacob Tilove, then students at Oberlin College, were drawn together by a mutual love of fine whiskey and bluegrass. In short order, music was happening. With Riggs on bass, Helms on guitar, Tilove on mandolin and all three melodically shouting, a distinctive musical voice took shape. 

$12 gets you in for both shows!

Mipso, North Carolina’s renegades of traditional music, are performing in NYC on July 25Check out their latest, Dark Holler PopThat’s some nice male harmony.
 
Mipso
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2
Fri, July 25, at 7 pm Free
The 2nd Annual Great American Roots Stomp
July 11 & 12, 7:30pm
Union Hall
Roll up your sleeves for two nights of hootin’, hollerin’, jazzin’, swingin’, foot-stompin’, barn-burnin’ revelry with eight NYC bands audaciously bringing Americana roots back into the spotlight.
Friday night features raucous country boys Jumbo Brown, down-home harmonies from Bobtown, smokin’ gypsy jazz from Seth Kessel & The Two Cent Band and fancy fiddlin’ and pickin’ from the Melody Allegra Band.
Saturday night features the irresistibly lively string band Union Street Preservation Society, lilting melodies from Jan Bell & The Maybelles, genre-jumping sing-a-long songs from the Alex Mallett Band and salty-sweet singin’ from Sara Bouchard & the Salt Parade.
Union Hall
702 Union Street (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
(Tickets for each night sold separately.)
RSVP and more info on Facebook.

Madison Square Park brings bluegrass to the Oval Lawn Series on July 2nd at 6 pm! Two great bands for the price of free:

The SteelDrivers

The SteelDrivers are a bluegrass group that is anything but conventional. They smartly mix contemporary influences with traditional bluegrass sounds to create something new and wholly unique. Described as “new music with an old feeling”, the band has been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows like NPR’s Mountain Stage and the Conan O’Brien Show. Richard Bailey (Banjo), Mike Fleming (Bass/Vocals), Gary Nichols (Guitar/Vocals), Tammy Rogers (Fiddle/Vocals), and Brent Truitt (Mandolin) have been nominated for a plethora of awards since the release of their first two CDs, The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), including three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year award. Rounder Records recently released their third album, Hammer Down, in 2013.

Cricket Tell the Weather

Cricket Tell the Weather, winners of the 2013 MASS MoCA FreshGrass Award for emerging bluegrass talent, is made up of Andrea Asprelli (fiddle), Jason Borisoff (guitar), Doug Goldstein (banjo), Jeff Picker (bass), and sometimes joined by Dan Tressler (mandolin) and Hans Bilger (bass). They weave rock, chamber ensemble elements, and pop into their progressive bluegrass songs, forming a new and exciting sound that music lovers from all walks of life will enjoy. Songwriters Andrea Asprelli and Jason Borisoff received a blue ribbon at the 2011 Podunk Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Competition for their co-written song “Remington”. The band is also committed to molding future bluegrass musicians by holding “American Roots Revival” workshops for students of all ages. -

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Feral Fosters Record Release Party

Saturday, May 24 Show starts at 9:00

$10 BUY TICKETS

Feral is joined by some of the hottest talent around to bring the spectacle to the stage. He’s releasing his record and is joined by Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens!

Foster is a NYC based folk singer who has been running his own show, Roots n Ruckus, since he was in high school. His powerful voice and amazing stage presence are matched by original, heartfelt songwriting. 

Guitarist, composer, and singer-songwriter Howard Fishman performs next Thursday, May 15th at SubCulture.

Inspired by the streets of New Orleans and subways of New York where he first began performing, Howard can’t be tied down to just one genre. He is a one-of-a-kind interpreter of the American songbook, infusing covers and originals alike with a mix of New Orleans jazz, blues, country, Brooklyn soul, and gospel.   

When: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 8pm

Where: SubCulture: Arts Underground 45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs New York, NY 10012

Tickets: $15 in advance / $20 at the door 

On Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall presents Bluegrass & Gray: Sounds of the Americana

The show will feature:

Michael Adelson and Jefferson Johnson, Conductors

Special Guests: Dailey & Vincent, Bluegrass Band

Dailey & Vincent is one of the top Bluegrass bands in America. From the very beginning of their partnership in late 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent quickly established themselves as fresh voices in their genre. The concoction of their fantastically powerful vocal blends, 4 award-winning studio albums, and heavy touring schedules has gained them well-deserved attention from bluegrass, country, and gospel critics and fans alike. Dailey & Vincent has been recognized as 3-time IBMA Entertainer of The Year, 3-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, 2-time Grammy nominee, and Dove Award winners. Equally at home with material from any of the aforementioned genres, Jamie and Darrin continue to expand on the possibilities of what kinds of music can become “Dailey & Vincent” music. The band has also become a perennial favorite on the touring and festival circuit: they play over 115 shows per year to sold out crowds in the United States and have developed a strong international following.

Tickets on Sale Now! Starting at $20!

Visit CarnegieHall.org or call CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 and readers of Bluegrass NYC Save 30% on Tickets with Discount Code DCD18709.

AND- the THREE people to email me with the subject line “When I Stop Dreaming” will each receive a pair of free tickets!

Mark your calendars-

This year, Make Music New York is taking over Governors Island for PORCH STOMP, a celebration of American Music featuring artists from the bluegrass, old-time, folk and roots communities across New York on Saturday, June 21st.

The porches of five historic houses along Nolan Park will be turned into day-long stages, curated by The NYC Sacred Harp Singers, The Brooklyn Folk Festival, The Jalopy Theater and more. The day will culminate in a all-out jam!

houseofloveconcerts writes in about the show this Saturday:

Tim Eriksen in the living room? Pretty much too good to be true, but it’s happening! I know I always say you don’t want to miss this, and it’s true again. You don’t want to miss this! There’s some info below on Tim and his Trio de Pumpkintown (Peter Irvine and Zoe Darrow join him), but you should follow the link to his website to learn more. Or just trust me and come join us on the 10th. Our house will be filled with the amazing voices and instruments of this fictional New England village!

It’s all happening Saturday, May 10th, and it’s our last show until July. Doors 8:30, music 9:15. Seating is limited, so rsvp to houseofloveconcerts@gmail.com to reserve a spot!$20/suggested donation (all going to the musicians, as always).

Bring your favorite libations and some simple food (i.e. nothing requiring elaborate serving utensils, etc.)

Sara Bouchard & the SALT PARADE

Sara Bouchard writes in about her afternoon show coming up at the Rockwood Music Hall on April 27th:

"A masterful blend of tradition and experimentation, Sara Bouchard & the SALT PARADE celebrates the golden era of jazz, blues and folk while soulfully imagining the future. Bouchard’s signature salty-sweet vocals will stop you in your tracks; her smart, colorful lyrics - taken from history books and other unlikely sources - will hold you hypnotized. Featuring Andrew Munsey on drums, Alan Biller on upright bass, and Bryan Nebel on guitar, SALT PARADE is the newest project from Bouchard, also known to the roots scene as mandolinist, vocalist and songwriter of Union Street Preservation Society. SALT PARADE marches forward against an impeccable acoustic backdrop, mixing an irresistible touch of the unconventional into nostalgic Americana."

April 27, 4pm Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1

196 Allen St., NY, NY  No cover

Down Home Radio Show and The Jalopy Theatre are proud to announce the 6th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival taking place this Friday, April 18th through Sunday, April 20th, 2014! The first person to email me with the subject line “banjo toss” will win two passes to the festival!

The 3-day festival includes 30 bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance, film screenings, and yes, the famous Banjo Toss contest and more! The Brooklyn Folk Festival will feature the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, jug band, bluegrass, traditional Indonesian, Andean and Balkan music, and much more! This year the festival will be held at the Bell House, a wonderful venue on 7th St. btwn 2nd and 3rd avenue. The venue is wheelchair accessible and limited seating is provided for the elderly and disabled. The afternoon concerts are “All Ages” and the evening concerts are 18+.

The website for the Bell House is www.thebellhouseny.com and tickets can be purchased at http://www.brooklynfolkfest.com/tickets/.

Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center is pleased to present Rhonda Vincent and The Rage in concert Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. That’s just a little ways up the road from the five boroughs- hope some of y’all might be interested. Tickets

THE CORNELL BROTHERS AT ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL, STAGE 1 WED. APRIL 9 6:00-7:00 PM 196 ALLEN ST., MANHATTAN

Greg Cornell writes in to BluegrassNYC:

Hello Friends, We are very excited to be playing at this world-class music venue. If you have not seen us recently, or if you’ve never seen us, this is the show you should see. Come to think of it, if you HAVE seen us recently, you should come to this show too! Stage 1 is a very cozy, intimate space with a top-notch sound system. Come early so you get a seat at a table or at the bar, and hang out with us after. The players: Danny Rose, a co-founder of the band, will be on vocals; James Head, the handsomest banjo player in NYC and possibly New England, on banjo and vocals; Gypsy George, a South Slope musical legend, on drums. Joining us for the first time will be Alex Mallett, our South Slope pal and a gifted multi-instumentalist and singer/songwriter, on standup bass; and Jake Cutler of the bluegrass band Brooklyn Express on mandolin. And yours truly on guitar and vocals. Hope to see you on April 9. Greg

The Deep Ocean Blues, at On sale at iTunes and at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gregcornell

Headlined by iconic 1970s-era Psychedelic country rockers New Riders of the Purple Sage and hip-hop bluegrass phenomenon Gangstagrass, the Psychedelix Americana festival taking place at Bell House April 11th and 12th will feature Grammy-nominated mandolin virtuoso Andy Statman and all-star guitarist Scott Metzgerp.

This not-to-be-missed event will take place at Brooklyn’s beloved Bell House, in Gowanus, on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12. 

An all star cast of Brooklyn based folk and bluegrass bands include Melody Allegra Band, Bennett Sullivan, Union Street Preservation Society, Astrograss Plays John Hartford, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Alex Mallett Band, Seth Kessel, Chris Q Murphy.

The first person to email me with the subject line “peyote” will win two tickets!

It’s that time of year again- time to get your tickets for the 6th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, April 18th to 20th at the Bell House. Again this year the Festival is presented by The Jalopy Theatre and Down Home Radio. 

The full schedule has been published, and the bill includes such acts as Dom Flemons, the East River String Band with R. Crumb, Frank Fairfield, Hubby Jenkins, The Whiskey Spitters, Spuyten Duyval, Blindboy Paxton, Dubl Handi, the Drunken Catfish Ramblers. Other activities around the festival include a square dance, jam sessions, workshops on mandolin, banjo, fiddle and blues guitar, a handful of films, and of course the annual banjo throwing competition.

Get your tickets today.

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