Wednesday, June 19, 2013

TRADITIONS: A Celebration of American Folk Music @ Hygienic Art Park 6/22

The good folks at Hygienic Art Park are putting on a lengthly folk showcase for you to enjoy, called Traditions. It's this Saturday at 2pm and you won't want to miss it!

Time: June 22, 2013 from 2pm to 11pm
Location: Hygienic Art Park
Street: 79 Bank Street
City/Town: New London
Phone: 860-443-8001

The schedule:
2pm Pesky J. Nixon
3pm Paper Hill Casket Company
4pm Oh Cassius
5pm Goodnight Blue Moon
6pm Tim Eriksen
7:30pm Anaïs Mitchell
9pm O'Death

O'DEATH ( 9pm
O'Death is an American alternative country band from Brooklyn, New York. They combine elements of folk, bluegrass, punk, metal and Americana music. Originally formed in 2003 while the members attended SUNY Purchase, the band with Jamie on guitar and vocals, Gabe Darling on banjo, David Rogers-Berry on drums, Jesse Newman on bass, and Bob Pycior on fiddleplayed a series of shows at the now defunct Apocalypse Lounge in NYC, and quickly began building a fanbase with their reverently twisted take on Americana filtered through a wealth of musical influences as divergent as Bill Monroe, Prince, Neil Young, The Microphones, and The Misfits.

In case you haven't met her, Anaïs Mitchell is not a man. She's a woman, quick to laugh and to cry, a fan of Jane Austen and miniskirts. She came of age reading the diaries of Anaïs Nin and blasting early Ani Difranco records. So it may catch a few listeners off-guard when Mitchell cries out, in the opening sequence of her latest album, "I'm a young man!" And it may come as a surprise when, over the course of eleven songs, she seems to be channeling spirits from the Old Testament to modern America—but mostly, well, from the Y chromosome.

Tim Eriksen offers a fresh take on acoustic American music: intense, gorgeous and often hilarious. His startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia combine hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto, creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on Josh Billings Voyage, Eriksen's new concept album of songs from the imaginary village of Pumpkintown. Widely recognized as one of the best ballad singers in the world, Eriksen has performed and recorded with Jack White, Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, Omar Sosa, and Kathy Mattea.

Goodnight Blue Moon is an indie-folk band from New Haven, Connecticut that has been playing together since 2009. Instrumentation includes cello, violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, upright bass, trumpet, and drums, which support rich vocal harmonies.

Oh, Cassius! is singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Meredith DiMenna and John Torres. Where Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris meets Of Monsters and Men, Oh, Cassius! plays beautiful and haunting songs that are simultaneously classic and modern.

If you seek progressive Americana music, look no further than Paper Hill Casket Company. The New England-based six-piece blends traditional bluegrass instrumentation with classical and rock influences to create a sound that transcends simple definitions.

Bombastic yet brilliant, these New England boys exude a genuine musical authenticity and mirth on stage. Drawing influences from contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrass, and the sardonic yet wry wit of New England's localized folk scenes, Pesky J. Nixon (PJN) creates an atmosphere both inviting and challenging for audiences.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Get there early. Pesky J. Nixon is so much fun!