Kaiser Cartel

Kaiser Cartel

The Brooklyn-based duo Kaiser Cartel, made up of Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel, have been creating luscious harmonies and infectious melodies together since 2004. Both write, sing, and play multiple instruments on the albums and on-stage. Courtney a former member of John Mellencamp's band and classically trained vocalist; Benjamin a DIY, self-taught musician. Each had their own solo projects well underway when they met, but the pairing was an unmistakable success.

Warming hearts and bones with their delicate and sensual but nonetheless punchy folk-pop, Kaiser Cartel has been going nearly non-stop since the release of their debut record March Forth in 2008. They left their day jobs and began touring the US in a silver Prius named Gertie. The duo's national following quickly spread, aided by key performances at festivals and in support of Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, aqualung and Carrie Rodriguez. They've enjoyed playing the Monolith Festival at Red Rocks, the 80-35 Festival in Des Moines, dozens of SXSW showcases and a Daytrotter Session recorded as the EP Rock Island. Critics have touted their charming and intimate live shows as "not to be missed."

In an interview for the Brattleboro Reformer, Courtney said, "When we play live, we try to reach every person intimately through our music. We want something to change for them after the show has finished."

On television and video Kaiser Cartel's music has also met with great success. The band's music was featured during the MTV show Exiled and the Discovery Channel's Alter-Eco. Two songs from March Forth were chosen for episodes one and two of HBO's Bored to Death and "Dog Stars" was on Private Practice. The band's video for "Oh No" can be seen on Vh1.com, the video for "Okay" was shown at Slamdance and the "Blue Sky" video won "Best Music Video" at the Coney Island Film Fest.

Kris Gruen

Kris Gruen writes songs about grown up life infused with a mystic wonder, softening the world’s sharp edges like a glass of exceptionally fine bourbon. Kris grew up steeped in classic records. His Americana influenced new folk is grounded in the tradition of great narrative songwriters like Cat Stevens and Paul Simon and yet Kris’s voice is strikingly current. A New York City native who’s put down roots in Vermont, Kris effortlessly blends sagacious wit and emotional depth. Americana UK writes "There is the sense of theatre that artists such as Sufjan Stevens achieve, and Gruen's music certainly stands alongside such artists comfortably…truly a thing of beauty.” While often garnering comparisons to contemporaries like The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, and Andrew Bird, Exclaim! Canada’s Music Authority aptly notes, “Kris Gruen is no mere imitator. He possesses a sound all his own.”



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Advance tickets are available online until 5:30PM, day of show. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door at showtime.

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Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2