3rd Annual Roots Family Reunion

3rd Annual Roots Family Reunion

Pre-show featuring BBQ & Bluegrass courtesy Hometown BBQ in Red Hook and the Union Street Preservation Society.

Live performances, local vendors, raffle prizes, drink specials - good times guaranteed.

Barnyard Brothers

Union Street Preservation Society

Fast emerging as a favorite Americana roots band in the greater NYC area, the Brooklyn-based quintet, fronted by guitarist David Leiberman, is a crossroads for five diverse musicians to celebrate and build upon the American roots tradition. Fiddle virtuoso Harrison Hollingsworth's "day gig" as principal bassoon with the NYC Ballet belies his western swing roots. Upright bassist Jason Bertone comes from a jazz background. Dobro player Alex Borsody is well-known in the bluegrass jam circuit for his intricate licks on slide guitar and banjo. Mandolinist Sara Bouchard is an internationally exhibiting artist and singer/songwriter. Leiberman's charismatic energy pulls together the myriad talents of the group in a unique and lively blend of bluegrass, blues, old-time, country and early jazz.

USPS' spirited vocal harmonies and runaway-train instrumentals breathe fire and soul into timeless traditionals and emphasize the freshness of their original tunes. "Spring to Rust" features four originals and one jazz standard, with songs ranging from a contemporary young American's "hometown blues" to a classically-inflected, quiet-but-powerful epilogue based on a Shaker hymn.

The band -- hailed by Glide Magazine's "Hidden Track" as "tasty and alive" with "brisk, flavorful improvisation" -- continues to receive an increasing amount of attention. From concert hall to maritime vessel, the Union Street Preservation Society has performed countless shows at venues of all shapes and sizes since its founding in November 2009. Highlights include recent concerts at Sullivan Hall alongside nationally prominent acts Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal and Max Creek, performances at The American Folk Art Museum and aboard the historic Mary A. Whalen tanker (presented by PortSide NewYork), regular residencies at nightlife venues including the Lower East Side's National Underground, and numerous non-profit benefit parties at art spaces including Gowanus Ballroom, Proteus Gowanus and Open Source.

Rabbi Darkside

RABBI DARKSIDE is a Buffalo-born Brooklyn-based Hip Hop Artist/Educator, rocking the world as MC, DJ and Beatboxer. With a discography spanning a decade and tours across the U.S., Europe and South America, Rabbi D has built a global reputation and fanbase. The release of his internationally acclaimed debut LP, "Building the Better Bomb," and starring role as Head Coach on MTVs "Made" bolstered his rep, while touring consistently has allowed him to connect with the Global Hip Hop community. He has performed at major venues and festivals around the world, and is responsible for bringing the Hip Hop Subway Series to Europe.

A renowned freestyle artist, Rabbi Darkside has won a number of prestigious MC battles and been repeatedly called upon as host for high-profile events. As DJ, he has spun from New York's most esteemed clubs to multi-million dollar lofts to middle school proms. His beatboxing is featu¬red on MTV.com in instructional tutorials, and in countless live performances online. In addition to his artistry, he has worked for 10+ years in the New York City Public Schools, evolving from History Teacher to Teaching Artist to curriculum specialist, most recently developing the groundbreaking rap-based test prep program "Fresh Prep" (as seen in the New York Times and CBS Early Show), featuring guest vocalists Talib Kweli, Sadat X and Dres performing his lyrics. He was honored this year by being selected as one of the first Hip Hop Education Fellows by the H2ED Center at NYU Steinhardt School.

On his global journey he has appeared alongside Afrika Bambaataa, Antibalas, Blue Man Group, Common, DMC, Fishbone, J-Live, Kanye West, The Last Poets, Rahzel, Rob Swift, The Roots, Slick Rick, Talib Kweli, and Weldon Irvine, among many others. He has been featured in publications such as URB, TV Guide, Village Voice and New York Times, while appearing on CBS, MTV, MTV2, BET, NBC and Showtime's "Nurse Jackie." He is an ordained secular officiant and recently performed his first wedding, and is an official brand representative for BluBlocker sunglasses.

Chris Q. Murphy & The Fiendish Thingies

Lying somewhere between the honky-tonk swagger of Hank Williams, the self-effacing confessionals of Loudon Wainwright III, and the wry pop wit of Elvis Costello, Chris Q. Murphy rolls his years of experiences on stage in classical choirs, in the van with indie rock bands, and nights at old-time jams into what's quickly becoming one of the most fun ways to spend a night out in Brooklyn. Backed by the Fiendish Thingies, a rotating cast of pickers and singers in their own right, Murphy has spent the last three years making believers of non-country fans in South Brooklyn and beyond. Steel guitar, upright bass, and bluegrass harmony abound, but are mere window dressing for Murphy's impressive arsenal of pop-flavored country originals and choice standard honky-tonk and bluegrass numbers.

Gypsy George & the Open Road Love Affair

Gypsy George & the Open Road Love Affair attempt to take the mood, sounds, air of a random road trip and recreate it though music. Based around multi-instrumentalist Gypsy George and a revolving door of musicians from all different walks of life, the band's motto is, 'if ya played with us once, you're a lifetime member!'

see ya' on the open road!

- gypsy george.

Matt Frye

Matt Frye is a singer songwriter from North Carolina based out of Brooklyn. His influences range from Woody Guthrie, John Prine and Ol' Dirty Bastard. The songs themselves have a dirty twang. They rhyme sometimes. And there's something disarmingly cheerful about them, Frye's acoustic guitar and smile evoke campfire singalongs, even as the lyrics center on the deteriorating effects of loneliness.

That Moon

Your Friend, Kimi

Trisha Ivy

This local Brooklyn singer/song writer was born in Memphis, TN. So it's no wonder her music has country roots. Trisha grew up with influences such as Patty Griffin and Hank Williams and has been playing music in the city since her arrival in 2005. Her music is a foot stompin', vocally driven mix of old country and folk with a whole lotta soul behind it.

$8.00 - $10.00

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Saturday, July 13 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM at Littlefield