Rotten Apple Roots and Bluegrass Halloween

Hackensaw Boys

With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n’ roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today’s diverse Americana music scene.
How does it work?

Everybody sings a bit of lead, everybody sings a bit of harmony and most members know when to shut up. Instrumentation includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass, charismo (a home-made tin can contraption) and the occasional trap kit.

Where do they come from?

In the beginning they all lived in Charlottesville, VA, but now the seven members are spread throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and California. For more than a decade, however, they’ve come together to tour the United States, Europe and the U.K. and to record several critically acclaimed albums.

Morgan O'kane

Every so often, just when you think the well is dry and the tradition is dead, you are gratefully reminded that there is still water down there and that the tradition was only sleeping.Morgan O'Kane from Charlottesville, Virginia is one of those reminders. A virtuoso banjo player, shouter and activist now based in New York City, Morgan recalls two other transplanted legendary southern artists; Reverend Gary Davis and Aunt Molly Jackson. Like the reverend, Morgan honed his skills making a living as a busking street artist. Like Aunt Molly, he has kept his connection to his Appalachian home and its issues, taking part in the campaign to ban mountaintop removal mining, which destroys the land and the people who live on it.

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. produced by Alex Bordosy

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Melody Allegra Band

Award winning fiddler Melody Allegra Berger has been playing violin since the age of five and is classically trained in both violin and voice. She fell in love with bluegrass/old time music around 8 years ago and has been raising a ruckus in the NYC area ever since, branching out into all manner of folk genres. You can hear Melody's fiddling on Season 2 Episode 5 of House of Cards, in a scene where she also coached an actor to look like he was playing.

In addition to regularly playing at regional favorites, Melody has gotten to rock out at places like the top of Rockefeller Center, the Lincoln Center Atrium, Joe's Pub, The Bell House and the renowned Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. Expect smokin' fiddlin' and gritty soulful vocals.

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