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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 3:00.
My kind of band. While everyone’s parents tell you to “be different, be unique, do what no one else has done” very few actually want you to do it. What they really mean is, “Be a banker. Settle down, and raise grandkids that we can spoil.” Fortunately for us, and probably unfortunately for their parents, the three of Harpeth Rising listened to what their parents actually said, not what they meant. They’ve done the famous classical conservatory 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. A lot of bands will wail away on old-time tunes, but Harpeth Rising adds a huge dose of humor, with originals like “Ode To A Toyota Corolla” and “Crash test Dummy Blues.”
You know our motto: Scary Good Music. That’s them, Harpeth Rising. You could grow up to be just like everyone else and stay home, or you could… 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. The Natalie Haas Wedding Guest Show
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
October:? Still working on it! (Now looking like the Jeremy Kittel Trio)
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. I mean, really sing. And really have a great, great, time.
Adults, $20, kids high school and under, $5.00
They call themselves a “Renegade North Carolina Stringband” playing “Dark Holler Pop.” Do I care? Nah. What they really are are fantastic musicians playing fantastic music.
And now, here’s a rant from the chief of operations here: “What the heck do we call THIS music. It’s tough enough dealing with what Britt or Jeremy or Tania or Laura are playing, like, “new-wave old-time, or alt-folkie string stuff” and now we have a whole bunch of kids playing brilliant country-soul-swing stuff. Grammy guys want us to call it “Americana”, like it’s from some museum of nostalgia somewhere, but it’s better than all that old stuff. Not that the old stuff isn’t the wellspring and great stuff on it’s own, but things either evolve or die, and this is the evolution of all that.”
Sorry about that. Back to Mipso. They win songwriting contests, beating out folks like Gillian Welch. Yeah, that one. The play with soul, sing brilliantly, all that and more. Another one of our great finds? Well, iot’s not like no one has ever heard them, but yeah, we think you’ll be hearing a lot about these guys very very soon. Adults $20, kids high school and under, $5.00
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.