The Third Annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash

The Third Annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash

The Third Annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash is a benefit concert presented by by Arts at Old First for the ceiling restoration campaign of historic Old First Reformed Church of Park Slope, Brooklyn

Chris Thile & Michael Daves

Sleep with One Eye Open is an impassioned collaboration/conversation between mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and guitarist Michael Daves in which the subject is bluegrass, specifically how this upstart duo can acknowledge history and tradition while exuberantly defying convention. Though it was recorded in four feverish days of sessions at Jack White’s Third Man Studio in Nashville, the album has deep roots in a serendipitous side of New York City that reveals itself at certain times of the night, when strangers become kindred spirits as clubs empty out, and only the hardiest souls stick around to keep the music playing. It’s a story that begins, like so many, with a guy walking into a bar.

Sarah Jarosz with Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith

22- year-old, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who hails from just outside Austin, TX. A recent graduate from the prestigious New England Conservatory, she will release her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, for Sugar Hill Records on September 24th. Over the past four years, Jarosz, who musically fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect, has covered a remarkable amount of ground thus far. She has toured the United States extensively, as well as Canada and the UK, taped Austin City Limits and the BBC Series The Transatlantic Sessions and appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. Her two previous records (Song Up In Her Head and Follow Me Down) received high praise from outlets including Rolling Stone, New York Times, USA Today, Paste, Mojo, Acoustic Guitar and American Songwriter, and she has received multiple Grammy and Americana Music Association nominations.

Sarah is supported on the road by stellar musicians Alex Hargreaves (fiddle) and Nathaniel Smith (cello). Hargreaves recently completed the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been tapped to perform and record with such musicians as Jerry Douglas and jazz master Danilo Perez. Smith has toured for years with renown Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster and, more recently, in various configurations with Jeremy Kittel. Jarosz, Hargreaves and Smith, who met at various music camps when they were much younger, have been performing together since 2010; the sheer joy they express on stage during performances is contagious. Hargreaves and Smith are both featured on Jarosz’s upcoming release Build Me Up From Bones.

The Deadly Gentlemen with Michael Daves

Roll Me, Tumble Me, the Deadly Gentlemen's third album and Rounder debut, boasts ten winsome examples of their playfully irreverent, vibrantly rootsy songcraft. Although the Boston-based quintet employs acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and double bass—a lineup that's usually associated with traditional bluegrass—their music defies conventional genre restrictions, filtering a bottomless assortment of influences through their own decidedly distinctive songwriting sensibility and uncanny instrumental rapport. The result is timelessly resonant music that's rooted in tradition, yet effortlessly contemporary and boundlessly entertaining.

Jen Larson and Friends featuring Noam Pikelny and Barry Mitterhoff

Jen Larson is a Brooklyn-based bluegrass and honky-tonk singer, songwriter and guitarist. In addtion to having garnered critical praise and national airplay from her work with the bluegrass band Straight Drive, Jen has been a valued part of New York City's vibrant bluegrass and roots music scene, and has had the pleasure of working with many talented musicians along the way including Barry Mitterhoff, Kenny Kosek, David Bromberg, John McEuen, Michael Daves and Greg Garing. Jen has also been a featured guest vocalist several times over the years on the nationally-broadcast radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor." She’s currently finishing a new EP recording, due out in Fall 2013, with producer and guitarist Michael Daves, featuring some of NYC’s greatest bluegrass talent.

Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, & Jordan Tice

The Trio of Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and Paul Kowert is a confluence of three of the most exciting young voices in acoustic music today. While each member carries an impressive resume of professional experience, it is the devotion to collaboration and the pursuit of a unique group sound that sets them apart.

The Birdhive Boys

The Birdhive Boys hail from mighty Brooklyn, NY. Their headlining engagement at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal marks their west coast debut while on a concert tour throughout the United States. They approach a traditional country and bluegrass repertory with instrumental prowess and a unique rhythmic sensibility. They recently shared the stage with bluegrass super groups Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Dailey & Vincent, and have just released a new, self-titled EP.

$35.00 - $160.00


Additional tickets may be available at the door.

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The Third Annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash with Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Sarah Jarosz with Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith, The Deadly Gentl...

Sunday, September 22 · Doors 2:00 PM / Show 3:00 PM at The Bell House