Cabinet & Floodwood (featuring Al and Vinnie of moe.)

Cabinet

When it comes to the music of Cabinet, the essential bywords are soul, simplicity, and serious musicianship. In concert, the combination of these qualities invariably yields an experience that is so celebratory and moving that the very word Cabinet takes on a new, vivid meaning for anyone in the audience. An inclusive and engaging energy is the uniting through-line as Cabinet weaves bluegrass, country and folk influences to powerful effect. Tight dynamics punctuate gorgeous, soaring harmonies as down-to-earth rhythm and lyrics give way to dreamy jams that are the musical equivalent of the back road scenic route. But this impressive result is no accident. Pappy Biondo [banjo, vocals], J.P. Biondo [mandolin, vocals], Mickey Coviello [acoustic guitar, vocals], Dylan Skursky [electric bass, double bass], Todd Kopec [fiddle, vocals], and Jami Novak [drums, percussion], all love and live music. They each have a nuanced approach and posses broad talents in their own rights. But the passionate, affirming, and joyous musical world that they create together is Cabinet.

Listeners that haven't yet experienced Cabinet in person will no longer be left out, thanks to a trio of live releases. THIS IS CABINET - SET I (released Dec. 2010 on Ropeadope Records) showcases the band's arrangement of traditional country and bluegrass songs as well as extended versions of tracks from their Self-Titled debut. THIS IS CABINET - COVERS (a free album given to fans for the 2011 holiday season), again showcases arrangements of traditional and standard bluegrass and folk numbers plus a couple Paul Simon tracks thrown in for good measure. The most recent effort, ELEVEN (due out 4/24/12 on Ropeadope Records), is the band's most ambitious release to date. A live DVD / CD recorded November 11, 2011 at Abbey Bar, a former WWII aircraft parts factory turned brewery, in Harrisburg, PA, ELEVEN captures Cabinet in the heart of their element. Performed in front of a rambunctious sold out crowd this 11 song set features fan favorites "Tower", "Elizabeth", "Old Farmers Mill" and "Coalminers" as well as previously unreleased material. ELEVEN surely lives up to the band's ever growing live show reputation.

Cabinet is a band that has outgrown any "regional favorite" tag and has progressed to a broader fanbase, all while retaining their signature sound. The band has played many of the great venues in the northeast and beyond and has shared the stage with Infamous String Dusters, Railroad Earth, Rusted Root, Hoots & Hellmouth, Hot Buttered Rum, Cornmeal, Dark Star Orchestra, Keller Williams, Hackensaw Boys, 7 Walkers, New Riders of the Purple Sage and many more.

Cabinet formed in 2006, bringing together players from various musical and personal backgrounds. Some of the members are barely old enough to drink legally, but their thirst for older music is unquenchable. Whether its rustic "American Beauty"-era Grateful Dead or old-timey bluegrass, Cabinet has digested it all. But that is not to say that Cabinet recreates older styles. No, this is music that might have its roots in the past, but it is current and vibrant, with a sense of celebrating the now. The band self-released a debut album, "Cabinet," before signing with Ropeadope, which took notice and re-released that album digitally.

Floodwood (featuring Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico of moe.)

The foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, also known as "The Leatherstocking Region" is home to Floodwood, the northeast's newest progressive string band. While the band is merely a year old, there is already a huge buzz around this band as they've been tearing up festivals, PACS, & clubs on the east coast with their original brand of newgrass.

Al Schnier & Vinnie Amico not only play together in moe., one of the premier touring bands in the country, but they've also recorded & toured as the Americana group Al & The Transamericans for over a decade.

Likewise, Jason Barady spent over 10 years recording & touring with the Bluegrass group Wooden Spoon from Taos, until returning to his hometown in central, NY.

Nick Piccininni is a largely self taught violinist, who learned his bluegrass chops the old fashioned way - in festival picking circles & bluegrass festivals. He's been a professional banjo player & fiddler in high demand on the bluegrass circuit since the age of 13, & has toured w/ The Abrams Brothers, The Atkinsons, The Delaneys, & more.

Bass player, Zachary Fleitz is a Berklee Graduate & Hypnotic Clambake alumnus. Zach joined forces w. Wooden Spoon & has played w. J & Nick for the last few years.

The Brummy Brothers

Bluegrass music inspired by the people, experiences, and scenery of the American Northeast. The Brummy Brothers blend traditional styles, modern influences, and improvisation.

Their music is high energy, uplifting, and eclectic. Their use of varied tempos, textures, and vocal harmonies creates a sonic soundscape that is unique and appealing.

In January 2012, Andrew Morris (Guitar) and Russell Gottlieb (Banjo) joined brothers Dave (Standup bass) and Eric Brumberg (Mandolin) to form The Brummy Brothers. The four band mates write original bluegrass and jam grass music and tour heavily throughout the Northeast.

$13.00 - $17.00

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$2 shots & $3 Starr Hill pints from 7:30-9:30 P.M.

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Cabinet & Floodwood (featuring Al and Vinnie of moe.) with The Brummy Brothers

Thursday, November 21 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM at The Blockley