It’s been many months since we’ve had ourselves a happenin’. That changes on Wednesday, December 5th with the first ever grass clippings holiday hootenanny at The Rock Shop in Park Slope. Come and hear some of the best (and most studious) young musicians in the Northeast perform progressive Americana and bluegrass tunes amid some premature holiday fellowship and adult beverages. Here’s our incredible lineup (yep, you should BUY TICKETS NOW – $10 in advance/$12 at the door if there are any left):
Joy Kills Sorrow (10:30) – This Boston/Brooklyn/Portland-based string band represents the best of modern bluegrass today, meshing traditional instrumentation with modern pop melodies. With a name that pays homage to WJKS – the station that broadcasted the bluegrass legend Bill Monroe – the band released their latest album, This Unknown Science (Amazon MP3 & Spotify), a little over a year ago and has since toured the world, wooing audiences with their fine instrumentation and lively shows. The prodigious members include a National Flatpicking Championship winning guitarist, Berklee’s first full-scholarship mandolin student, vocals by a former Young Performer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and a more than respectable tour résumé. For a taste, check out this video shot by our friends at Natural Beardy on the West Coast.
Plume Giant (9:30) – The campy folk trio of recent Yale grads Oliver Hill (guitar, viola, voice), Nolan Green (guitar, harmonium, voice), and Eliza Bagg (violin, harmonium, trinkets, voice) released their premier full-length album Callithump (Amazon MP3 & Spotify) back in August. The trio, making the best of their second rate degrees, have toured the nation since, selling out Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge for their CD release party and opening for great bands along the way, including Field Report just this month. Check out Plume Giant’s damn fine Daytrotter session and this fun little diddy off the new album.
Christopher Paul Stelling (8:30) – Fast-picking gospel folk troubadour Christopher Paul Stelling has been praised for his fantastic musicianship and storytelling alike. I became a fan of Stelling’s after the first 10 seconds of his gorgeous album, Songs of Praise & Scorn (Amazon MP3 & Spotify). As The Village Voice notes, “every song on his debut album Songs of Praise and Scorn cooks with both down-home comfort and avant-garde brio.” Stelling was a late addition to the bill as he stands in for The Whiskey Collection.
PLEASE NOTE: The Whiskey Collection was originally scheduled to open the show, but the band had an unfortunate scheduling issue and had to cancel. We think we’ve got an amazing lineup, but in case you were only interested in seeing The Whiskey Collection and purchased an advanced ticket, you can get a refund on your ticket through Ticketfly (and that is the ONLY way you’ll be able to get a refund).
P.S. That fine poster was made by our own Vi Luong.