The Rad Trads, Drew Beckman & the Boundary Boys
2477 18th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Buck Meek’s songs are for the lost dogs of honest mechanics, good guys and girls born into a life of crime, runaways, snow spirits, the ghosts of Central Park, unsung diving-board stars, the affection shared through gambling, and so on. Bred in Texas, more bread in New York City, Meek spins outlaw ballads and quotidian fairy tales into a yarn, with Adam Brisbin on guitar (Jolie Holland, Sam Evian, Katie Von Schleicher), Mat Davidson on bass (Twain, The Low Anthem, Spirit Family Reunion), and Austin Vaughn on drums (Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple, Sam Evian).
Meek's self-titled debut album was recorded with ace engineers Phil Weinrobe (Really Big Pinecone, Ceramic Dog, Nick Murphy) and Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim). The process took place between Rivington 66, an orange den beneath the Lower East Side in Manhattan and the cork womb of Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn, as well as the wainscoted, old-growth oak-joisted parlor of the Lethe Lounge in upper Manhattan. In addition to the core band, album personnel includes Mikey Buishas (Really Big Pinecone) on pump organ, Dave Harrington (Dark Side, Nicolas Jaar) on pedal steel, Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief) on vocals, Buck's brother Dylan Meek (Miguel, Grant AME Gospel Choir, Post Malone) on Wurlitzer, and Michael Sachs (Little King, Secret Sibling) on clarinet.
Looking to the past, following his fledgling years as a boy playing gut-bucket blues, manouche jazz, and western swing in bars and dance halls across Texas, he moved to NYC and released two solo EPs, Live from a Volcano (2013), and Heart Was Beat (2015). Shortly after moving to NYC, he met songwriter Adrianne Lenker, and after a year of fervent collaboration, they recorded two EPs, A-sides and B-sides (2014). The duo went on to circle the USA several times over in the orange velvet Van Bon Jovi, playing Appalachian school houses, Alabaman birthday BBQs, Arkansanian book fairs, Texan Star Parties, Massachusettsan cattle farms, Minnesotan fireworks displays, and so forth. From there they expanded into a four-piece outfit, Big Thief, and have since released two records, Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017).
In the words of Mat Davidson (Twain):
“I’m going to tell you about Buck Meek the only way I know how. No bully here. I don't take kindly to intruders, and in a such a devilish world as this, so full of trickery and illusion, you can bet your cannabis I take my sweet time to vet each and every guttersnipe that happens across my field of consciousness.
But it’s not every day that you find a 16th-generation Texan leaning on your banister and offering you a short-rib in the comfort of your very own home. How did he get there? I was alarmed. Yet, there was something unusual in his eyes... something you’re about as likely to stumble upon as you are a sleeping weasel. It was Trust. So, naturally, I invited myself into his traveling band and we hit the road.
I never had much use for friendship, but meeting a soul such as Mr. Meek gave me pause; he changed this old Buckskin - and I wager he’ll change you too."
Buck Meek is a kaleidoscope of human relationships — of widows, daughters, flight attendants, best friends, bar flies, neighborhood heroes, and troublemakers — it illuminates mysticism in the temporal, humor unearthed in tragedy, the strength of vulnerability, and the words unspoken that elucidate love.
“tail wagging for the fat and burnt ends
what happened? you back-stabbing, two-timing, snake-eyed con-man?
you said you were my best friend.
last laughing with a strong tailwind
five miles gone before you noticed
roll in the blood of a turtle dove, make my home in the snowdrifts
you said you were my best friend.
two years’ time, the ink runs down the missing signs
throw my bone in the garbage
i’ll be chasing the sun, the moon better run, and pay no mind to the harvest
you said you were my best friend.”
The Rad Trads
Currently touring in anticipation of their second full-length album “On Tap,” New York City’s The Rad Trads are winning over audiences, gaining loyal fans, and defying classification. They’ve been described as “Wilco at the Circus,” “The Band meets Miles Davis, and “the greatest band you’ve never heard of.” Few can pin down their unique blend of Indie Rock, Americana, and Soul, but everyone agrees, “it’s a damn good time!”Most commonly fans observe that they have never seen a band with five distinct lead vocalists. But it wasn’t long ago that many members of The Rad Trads hadn’t sung a note. As dedicated instrumentalists they moved to New York City from Portland, Chicago, and Maryland to go to conservatory and cut their teeth with the best musicians in the city. When they met in Greenwich Village it was their love of a good party, not the confines of a practice room that connected them—naturally the party would soon move from the dorm room to the stage. With each show the music grew, the repertoire evolved, and each member decided it was their time to step up to the microphone and sing. Soon they developed a sound that was uniquely their own: a driving horn section, five lead vocalists, and an infectious punk rock energy that quickly made them one of the city’s most buzzed about live acts.With their first EPSelf Helpthe Rad Trads explored the traditional blues forms of their beerhall roots and penned their first original songs. Following up with the full-length albumMust We Call Them Rad Trads?, the band came into their own as songwriters and incorporated elements of folk rock into their brass-heavy sound.Their newest release,On Tapexplodes into completely new territory. Walls of horns and psychedelic guitars meld with lush acoustic arrangements laying an intricate foundation for songs that are funny, challenging,and well-crafted. The album’s lead single, “Good Luck Unto Ya” is a soaring anthem of the bittersweet, exploring the pain and relief of cutting ties with a toxic person. Drummer John Fatum sings “Hallelujah, good luck unto ya, no need to shake my hand, no need to cry.” The emotional catharsis of the text is mirrored in the production of the song with a wall of sound of over 60 overdubbed tracks.On Tapshowcases a singular sound that reveals an exciting possibility: this band is ready to etch their names into a lineage that starts somewhere with Little Richard and Elvis Presley, passes through the Stones, Dylan, Lou Reed and the Boss and ends up in the present day grasping for tomorrow.The Rad Trads have toured across 4 Continents, 15 countries, and 41 states, including opening for artists such as Lake Street Dive, Tom Jones, Charles Bradley, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, the Lone Bellow, and Margaret Glaspy. When not playing with The Rad Trads, members of the band have performed or recorded with artists such as St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Deer Tick, Sarah Jarosz, Buck Meek & Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief, Lee Fields & the Expressions, David Duchovony, and Christopher Paul Stelling
Drew Beckman & the Boundary Boys
Drew Beckman + the Boundary Boys are a folk revival queer country band based in Washington, DC. The Boundary Boys will transport you back in time to the old west, with lush harmonies, boot stomping hooks, and sad songs about being lonesome on the prairie.