Front Country, BrownChicken BrownCow String Band and 10 String Symphony
3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA, 94705
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 11:59 PM)
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
After their RockyGrass band competition win in 2012, and with a win at Telluride this year, Front Country is in the midst of a busy year with festivals RockyGrass, Pagosa Folk n’ Bluegrass, and the CBA Father’s Day Fest, and ready for an even bigger summer of 2014. Front Country released their first EP “This is Front Country” in February at the Great American Music Hall in their hometown of San Francisco, California, and has a residency every first monday of the month all year at Amnesia in the Mission.
Formed in 2011 as a collective of the Bay Area’s finest young acoustic talent, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker and Zach Sharpe joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco’s Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers and original songwriting. They have continued to expand their repertoire and push the boundaries of bluegrass on the local and national scene. This year, Front Country vocalist and writer Melody Walker won the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz was nominated for a Grammy with the Modern Mandolin Quartet for their album "Americana".
On July 29, 2012, Front Country won the RockyGrass band competition, and on June 22, 2013 they became the third band ever to win at both RockyGrass and Telluride. Enjoying their first summer of major festival bookings, Front Country is looking forward to recording an album in 2014 and playing the Telluride main stage next summer.
BrownChicken BrownCow String Band
BrownChicken BrownCow StringBand has its roots in the mountains of West Virginia. Since this band was formed four years ago, they have shared their music with enthusiastic audiences in almost every State in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. This talented group of performers are all singers, musicians and songwriters: Xander Hitzig (fiddle, guitar, tenor banjo), Justin Morris (guitar, bass, banjo), Orion Hitzig (mandolin, fiddle) Matt Del Olmo (banjo, bass, guitar) and Katharine Wray (harmonica, guitar, bass, bodhran).
Their shows are made up mostly of original music with classic bluegrass covers and historic Appalachian melodies. Their genre is hard to nail down as they comfortably cross over between bluegrass, old-style country, gypsy-jazz, Irish and folk. The venues they have appeared in are as varied as the music they play, everything from big City cabarets to down home country fairs and are known for their strong harmonies and professional mastery of many instruments. This close-knit “family”are proud to include in their memory box sharing the billing with some of the major music groups around today.
Although their formation started in their home state of West Virginia, the band solidified their sound and direction in 2009 while appearing in Maui, Hawaii. They stayed on in Maui for nine months experimenting and reworking their music until the band’s core as it exists today, became rock solid. The fan base that started in West Virginia, expanded in Hawaii and continues to grow at a steady pace since then with each appearance across the country. The band has released three albums, putting on full display the excitement and musicality of this bold, young group from the banks of the Greenbrier River in West Virginia on its way to you.
10 String Symphony
The Nashville music scene is a famous home for world-class side musicians, as well as a plethora of legendary songwriters. Now it presents us with a duo that combines the best of both worlds, skilled instrumentalists with an incredible amount of soul and a love of great songs.
10 String Symphony is an arena for mesmerizing acoustic innovation. Although difficult to categorize, their music is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices, encompassing “aggressive, almost discordant, celtic and dare I say punky string-chording experimentations” (The Bluegrass Situation). Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players.
Sedelmyer (Formerly of the Farewell Drifters) and Baiman (Formerly of Belfry Fellows) met in Nashville, and realized a mutual love for the range and depth of the 5-String fiddle. Their desire to see just how far a two-fiddle, two-vocals instrumentation could take them was the inspiration for the 10 String Symphony project. By the time their first full-length album was released in November 2012, their instrumentation had expanded to include the occasional clawhammer banjo and resonator mandolin, though still maintaining a stripped down, tightly woven and carefully arranged duo sound.
Decidedly contemporary in their musical approach, their debut album showcases Sedelmyer’s virtuosic improvisation and creative harmonic soundscape ideas alongside Baiman’s old-time rhythm and emotional melodic sensibilities. Just over a year old, the duo has already gained recognition and attention from some major festivals, landing slots at the ROMP festival in Ownsboro, KY and the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, CA in the summer of 2013.
$7.00 - $9.00
Advanced Tickets are available online until 5pm on the day of the show and a reserve of tickets are generally available at the door that night, unless posted on the Starry Plough website, Facebook and Twitter pages as sold out. http://www.TheStarryPlough.com