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When we hit the fall, we hit the ground running. I thought the past season was as interesting as we could get, from diverse artists like Dana Leong and his electronica to hard-core new-wave fiddlers like Britt Haas and Laura Cortese, to old-school brilliance with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, to ultra-sophisticated jazz with Christian Howes, and big time party music with Matuto. That’s nothing compared to what’s coming.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: HARPETH RISING 6:30 PM, workshop at 3:30.
My kind of band. Everything I’ve been on about over the past ten years about the alternative string movement, and why it’s more critical that the traditional classical career path is right here. All three graduated from Indiana University’s killer conservancy. We east-coasters don’t want to admit it, but it’s everything Julliard or the New England Conservatory is, and maybe more. They’ve dome the classical thing; taught at the university level. Been there, done that. Now they’re doing what they really want to do, and with their sheer skills, might just become the next Crooked Still, but with a different sound. You know our motto: Scary Good Music. That’s them, Harpeth Rising. Workshop is free, at 3:30, but the show will set you back a relaxed $15 for an adult, 5 smackeroos for a kid high school and under. Start the season right, everybody, with some great music and ice cream. Early start for a Sunday night.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26. A surprise show featuring some of Natalie Haas’ wedding guests.
This will be held up at Stamell Strings, with our good friend Matt Stamell hosting. What better way to listen to some great international fiddling than to be surrounded by some of the finest violins around? It’s Fire In The Kitchen North, in beautiful Amherst, Massachusetts. Email Matt through his website for details. Stamell Strings
Well, without Natalie. And it won!t be at the church, either. Prior commitments and scheduling snafus have sent it north to our good friend and sponsor Matt Stamell’s place, Stamell Strings! Date to be announced, so stay tuned.
October:? Still working on Britt Haas and some Boston friends. Stay tuned.
Ben Sollee… November 8, 7 PM
(and probable workshop, too…)
You may have noticed that I like to collect cellists. In the past, we’ve had Natalie Haas, Rushad Eggleston, Mike Block, Nathaniel Smith, Dana Leong, etc. So how can we not have one of the very best of the new-wave of cellists? Ben not only plays amazingly, but what really grabs you are his vocal and songwriting skills. It’s a little tough to go on too long here, knowing that as soon as word gets out that Ben is coming, seats will be flying out the door. Well, not the seats, exactly, that would be strange. Reservations for the seats, more likely… Adults $25, kids high school and under, $5.00
And, until John Jorgenson in March, which is definite, we’re waiting to get some confirmation on some really great stuff heading your way:
December: A Christmas Show with The Barefoot Movement.
Sound familiar? Well, no, it’s not Bearfoot, it’s the Barefoot Movement. This also features some incredibly gifted young players who also sing like the proverbial angels. But, instead of their normal Americana/Bluegrass repertoire, it’s all Christmas in their absolutely addictive style. Get ready to sing, folks.
JANUARY: Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band
Um, yep, The Rubber Band. Have you ever seen any of the really great cowboy bands, like the Bar J Wranglers, or Bar D Wranglers, or, if you’re really old, the Sons Of The Pioneers? They mix amazing instrumental work with amazing comedy and silliness and stories. Ryan’s take is a little different, but it’s Acoustic/Bluegrass/Americana/Wild West nirvana mixed in with a little bit of insanity.
FEBRUARY: The Revelers
Take traditional Cajun, add some zydeco, some pop, some New Orleans funk, do the shake-and-bake thing, and you get their original brand of Swamp Pop. There’s a reason we hope this comes together for February. It’ll be smokin’ hot music on a cold dreary night. Bring your party dress and dancin’ shoes.
MARCH 7…. JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET
Finally…yes, a full two years after the record-setting blizzard forced the postponement, it’s the return of the John Jorgenson Quintet. More details later, as it’s still a year away, and who the heck knows what can go on until then, but yup, it’s a date.