Gypsy Sally's Presents a Night of Bluegrass
Old Town Tradition, Herb & Hanson
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Old Town Tradition
Marlo Lewis has been tearing up the Mandolin for over seven years. Also a singer and avid guitar player, Marlo is originally from Scarsdale, NY, and is a fan of most every genre of music under the sun. Some of his favorite influences come from the Grateful Dead and Peter Rowan, to Sam Bush, Bill Kirchin, The Byrds, Jorma Kaukonen, and Mark Knopfler. Marlo is committed to the music and loves to entertain.
Pamela Ferguson is a freelance violinist who plays classical, jazz, klezmer, and now bluegrass! She teaches classical violin privately and in the public schools. Pamela is also a puppeteer/ventriloquist who writes musicals for children. She and Alouette the Dragon can be seen performing original comedy on their YouTube channel, "Salamanderette."
Brian Renzella is originally from near Wheeling, WV, a small town in the Northern Panhandle of the Mountain State. Brian is a self-taught singer and guitarist with a love for Pickin’ and Grinnin’. From Rock to Bluegrass, the style is eclectic and influences run from Taj Mahal and Bob Dylan, to Old Crow Medicine Show, Neil Young, and Leftover Salmon.
John Werntz hails from the Philadelphia area where he learned to play the upright and electric bass. He learned bluegrass music playing with Whetstone Run in State College, PA. John’s musical influences include Nothin’ Fancy, The Steel Wheels, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, John Prine, Iris Dement, and Steve Earle.
Klaus Christoph has been playing banjo for over 20 years and has lived in the DC area for most of his life. He was a founding member of The Pluckers from which the Old Town Tradition grew. No stranger to live performance, Klaus has played bass and guitar in many local bands for over 40 years, settling finally on the 5-string banjo after a chance gift led him the way of the high lonesome sound!
Herb & Hanson
Herb & Hanson have been working hard to substantiate themselves as a premiere act in the growing climate of acoustic roots music over the past four years. Recognition is growing from New York City to North Carolina and beyond through their non-stop touring and performing.
In 2000, Herb Manila (mandolin and guitar) and Michael Hanson (guitar) began performing at various open mics and smaller music venues. With a short list of original compositions, they leaned heavily on their various influences, ranging from The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan, to Robert Johnson and Bill Monroe. In early 2001, they released their first record, self titled, showcasing ear opening examples of what this duo is capable of. Over time, their song writing and musicianship grew by leaps and bounds, creating a unique style that blends traditional stylings with their contemporary voices. Over the next few years, a small cult crowd turned into a loyal local following in the Washington DC area.
In 2005 the Duo decided to hit the road full time, constantly expanding their touring radius in the Mid Atlantic region. They released their second studio record, The Whiskey Fund, the following year. Showcasing their strong development, this album is undefinable in terms of genre. Rags, blues, bluegrass, ballads, folk rock…All can be found on this exhilarating record. Met with praise from fans and critics alike, The Whiskey Fund has continued to be played on acoustic music programs across the east cost.
In early 2011 they released their most exciting record yet, Awakeness. Full of all new original songs, their third studio effort clearly shows that Herb & Hanson are hitting their peak as song writers and story tellers.
They continue to take that talent on the road with relentless touring all along the east coast and beyond.
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