THE WOOD BROTHERS
Get ready for the gritty, soul-drenched Americana sound of The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin & Wood). If you were to hear that two brothers decided to form a band, adapting the blues, folk and other roots music they loved as kids into their own evocative sound, you might say there's something to be desired in the originality department. However, this tale has a plot twist; it's a story of solitude and pursuit, of stray paths and the road less travelled, ultimately leading to reunited creativity and synchronicity. Each brother decided to meet their musical fates during their own solo endeavors for some 15 years before deciding to entwine their experience together into the force of musical collaboration that you see before you today, The Wood Brothers.
As a kid, free-spirited troubadour Pokey Lafarge was drawn to the music of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, later tempered with a big helping of Bill Monroe and Bob Wills. Over the last decade, the St. Louis-based performer (and his 5-piece band) has won fans and been turning heads worldwide with his own creative spin and mix of string-band music with ragtime, country blues and Western swing from a bygone era and in a way that will simply leave you wanting more..
From Austin, Texas, Shakey Graves has been described as one of the best solo acts around. With his finger-picked guitar and suitcase drum, he takes over the stage as a one-man-band of epic sonic proportions. Hailed by NPR as a "10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012", his lo-fi recordings can only approximate his intense, haunting live shows that has had him quickly rise from obscurity into the national spotlight. He is one of those rare artists whose music, after one listen, inspires the kind of obsessive devotion that compels someone to spend hours searching for more. Don't miss it.
THE STRAY BIRDS
Wow. Talk about a discovery act. This trio is one of the finest young bands onm the folk circuit today. With three-part harmonies which fall somewhere in the sonic spectrum between Gillian Welch and Crooked Still, their songs are at once resonant and emotional, dreamy and sad. Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds holds a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. Come find out why they are known for leaving an audience with jaws dropped in amazement.
SOGGY PO' BOYS
With a repertoire of New Orleans standards, spirituals, contemporary music, and swing tunes, the Po' Boys offer a lively blend of fun and insanity. Sure, it's served messy, but at the heart of the mess is a sincerity for sprightly composed tunes that are accessible to anyone that hears it. New Orleans music is supposed to be messy. It's supposed to be steeped in feeling. When you feel music, you find the real beauty behind what makes music so mesmerizingly addicting. That's exactly what the Po' Boys are producing. Their music is enduring. It's infectious. It's inviting. It's irresistible.