THE TRESPASSERS (Yosemite)
From the foothills of Yosemite National Park, the Trespassers have been playing original, string band music together for six and a half years. The most logical way to categorize their music is Americana, but their influence stems from many genres. Bronco Ben Goger’s (guitar) songwriting is gritty and gutsy, and, though they are acoustic musicians, his compositions explore rock, blues, gypsy jazz, and country. Andy Robert’s (banjo) original songs are most often inspired by old-time music, but instead of an Appalachian feel, they have a Western twist. Andy also writes melodic banjo and fiddle tunes, heartwarming folk songs, and all sorts of dancehall numbers. While the two of them write almost all of the original music, BennyLee Friedrich and Sarah Cupery Ottley add spice, flavor, and flare with the double bass and fiddle. Most songs include two and three-part harmonies, since all the band members sing. Listeners: prepare yourself to dance, sing, and be inspired!
EMILY BONN & THE VIVANTS (Bay Area) – CD Release Show!
Largely inspired by the energy of old-time dance tunes, honky-tonk country, western-swing, bluegrass, and Cajun music, The Vivants play their own brand of American roots music – original foot stompin’ tunes about riots, hollers, and hopping train cars. In former incarnations, Emily honed her songs performing in San Francisco with the Whoreshoes. She is joined by stellar players, Jody Richardson on fiddle and vocal harmonies, James Touzel on upright bass, and Isaac Bonnell on piano accordion.
THE MUDDY ROSES (Bay Area)
From classic country to gritty folk and electric blues, The Muddy Roses feature a stylish repertoire of Americana heirlooms and originals with soaring three-part harmonies, tight instrumentation and sassy humor. Fronted by a trio of powerful female vocalists that can turn a phrase and capture a tune in perfect harmony, this Bay Area-based band is a foot-stompin’ firecracker of a good time.
SHANI CHABANSKY (SF)- Farewell Show
Traditional folk music is the rhubarb in Shani’s gluten-free pie. Born and raised in the Bay Area folk music and dance community, she lives and breathes early sounds. You know, the stuff way back before the bass lines and drum kits of today could make us all forget that there was a pretty hot scene before electric grooves took over. At any given moment, you can find her boom-chuckin’ on an acoustic guit-frittle, claw-hammerin’ her way around a 5-string old-timey banjo, pickin’ a jig on a mandolin, and even sometimes blowing a bit of life into a Bulgarian flute. Her music will gently set you on the front porches of Doc Watson or Woody Guthrie, and then travel into the backwoods of sweet Ireland’s green countryside, and sometimes even whisk you back to old country, where bubbe’s schnitzel brought all the boys to the yard. Her lyrics rage against the system, her sound is anything but perfect (thank goodness!), and she owes it all to
the beautiful community that raised her. Come and say a final farewell as she waves goodbye to everything she’s ever known and embarks on a one-way ticket adventure into the mysterious!