Band of Opportunity

Band of Opportunity

The BAND OF OPPORTUNITY is a group of low-maintenance, good-time-loving, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriters that combine guitars (acoustic & electric), mandolin, upright bass, harmonicas, suitcase drum-kit, & kazoos to create a vintage americana sound that changes feel and color with every switch of singer or instrument. Called "Songs of Freedom" these gentlemen write classic american songs spanning blues, outlaw-country, bluegrass and ragtime. Together, the group has shared shows with Taj Mahal, Sarah Jarosz, and Sam Bush.

Ian Thomas has spent most of the past decade touring both here in the states and abroad. HIs songs combine elements of blues, country, & ragtime with mindful lyrics and delivery. He has performed at major festivals across the nation, including Bonaroo, Pick-a-thon, Bristol Rhythm & Roots and more. He was recently featured on The Avett Brothers vinyl release of "Four Thieves Gone" Playing his song "Honey Can I Count On You" with the brothers. Relix Magazine had this to say about him, "Songster Ian Thomas combines varied influences from the strangest roots of America's canon to deliver incomparable compositions with complexity and beauty. And a kazoo."

Paul Lee Kupfer has been described as "king of the boxcar hobo folk music". After years of touring with the group Delaware Rag, Paul went on to spend several years touring the US as a solo artist carving out a home in the New Orleans music scene as well as much of the upper Midwest before linking up with Thomas in Knoxville, TN to create the Tennessee Two-Piece. During this time he has appeared at festivals like Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Tallula Fest, and Beaufort Music Fest.

Justin Fedor is the founding member of The New Familiars, an american rock & roll band, that has spent years playing clubs and festivals alike from NC to UT to FL to NY. He's played SXSW, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, FloydFest, Shakori Hills, St Petersburg Folk Festival, Suwanee SpringFest and a slew of others. He's shared the bill with acts like Levon Helm, Del McCoury, Emmitt-Nershi, Patterson Hood and many more. He's had the pleasure of joining players like Ronnie McCoury (Travelin McCourys), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers Band), and Langhorne Slim on stage. In 2012 he and The New Familiars were invited to play the Democratic National Convention and then joined Vice President Biden on his return trip to Charlotte, NC a few weeks later.

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Thursday, October 17 · Doors 10:00 PM / Show 10:30 PM at The Evening Muse