Front Country

Front Country

Front Country is a Bay Area based bluegrass band grown out of the local social jam scene. Featuring improvisation-driven original instrumental music and inspired songs, Front Country is developing a unique sound that draws liberally from Newgrass and Old-time influences. Members include Jordan Klein (Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys), Leif Karlstrom (The Heel Draggers, Midnight Gamblers), Melody Walker (Walker/Groupman duo), Jacob Groupman (The Real Nasty, Albino!, Walker/Groupman duo), Adam Roszkiewicz (Whisky Richards, Midnight Gamblers), and Zach Sharpe. Dont miss seeing this real music in real time.

Laura Cortese CD Release live with Mariel Vandersteel and Valerie Thompson

There is nothing timid about Laura Cortese. She wields a fiddle like a rocker slings his guitar, and sings with even more swagger. A native San Franciscan, Cortese moved to Boston to study violin at Berklee College of Music and has since immersed herself in the city’s vibrant indie music scene. She has made appearances with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Patterson Hood and Michael Franti, and Jocie Adams of the Low Anthem. Despite her rock n’ roll proclivities, Cortese’s own music is driven not by drums or bass but by strings. Her latest album, Into the Dark, is the follow-up to her solo EP The Acoustic Project (2010) and to Pine (2011), a collaborative effort by a group dubbed The Poison Oaks involving Sam Amidon, Aoife O’Donovan, Jefferson Hamer, and many more. Into the Dark features original songs performed by a string ensemble comprised of some of America’s greatest folk fiddlers and cellists: Hanneke Cassel, Natalie Haas, Brittany Haas, Mariel Vandersteel, and Valerie Thompson. Cortese writes with the vivid eloquence of an artist schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music, augmenting the album’s lush strings with brass, winds, percussion, and velvety group vocals. You can hear pop in her deftly-written hooks and rock in the syncopated pulse that propels even her gentlest melodies. The result is an album that is as bold as it is elegant, at once rooted and transcendent.

Roosevelt Dime

Imagine yourself relaxing on a steamboat as it lazily floats down the Mississippi River all the way to The Big Easy. Suddenly, the band strikes up a tune, music fills the air and everyone is on their feet, clapping, dancing and singing along.

Welcome to the world of Roosevelt Dime, a five-piece, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band that blends elements of acoustic jug-band blues, classic New Orleans soul and neo-folk to create an original sound best described as Kings County Steamboat Soul. The band's nontraditional lineup — consisting of banjo, electric and washtub basses, percussion, trumpet and woodwinds — and seamless mixture of musical genres has been described as "a perpetual crowd-pleaser" by the New York Times. Now, the group is poised for a breakthrough with its new album Steamboat Soul. Roosevelt Dime has just been featured in No Depression, On Your Radar with WFUV's John Platt, and official showcases at the North East Regional, and International Folk Alliance in 2011.

So hop aboard the S.S. Rosie and get ready for the ride of a lifetime!

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Front Country with Laura Cortese CD Release live with Mariel Vandersteel and Valerie Thompson, Roosevelt Dime

Thursday, May 23 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Brick & Mortar Music Hall