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Old Blind Dogs  

Old Blind Dogs

October 6, 2019 at 7:00pm

Since forming in the early 1990's, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland's roots revival. The Montreal Gazette calls the band “a Scots neo-traditional super group, with a bracingly modern musical attack." Indeed, the four musicians have developed their own trademark style, featuring an energetic mix of songs and tunes.

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John McCutcheon  

John McCutcheon

October 4, 2019 at 8:00pm

John McCutcheon is folk music’s Renaissance man: a master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author. His 30 recordings have garnered every honor imaginable, including seven Grammy nominations. He is a master of a dozen traditional instruments, including hammer dulcimer, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle and Jew’s harp. “The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard,” he was called by none other than Johnny Cash. Moreover, his work with many of the legendary figures of Appalachian music resulted in a love of not only home-made music, but of community and rootedness. His commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the frontlines of issues important to working people, and the songs he sings, whether traditional or original, are political, socially conscious, and inevitably moving. This is music with a profound sense of place, family and strength. Says The Washington Post, “He has an uncanny ability to breathe new life into the familiar … his storytelling has the richness of fine literature”

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HAWKTAIL  

HAWKTAIL

September 29, 2019 at 7:00pm

They’re forging their own brand of roots music — one grounded in timeless tradition, crafted by top-shelf musicianship, and performed with jubilant comradery. While music fans will recognize them from their various other outfits (Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, A Prairie Home Companion), and while three of the four members were previously a trio, HAWKTAIL presents an entirely new and unique offering. The instrumental talents of Brittany Haas on fiddle, Paul Kowert on bass, Jordan Tice on guitar, and Dominick Leslie on mandolin come together in an intricate tapestry of intertwining refrains. The music displays a breadth of acumen and ambition rarely heard in a band this young: Norwegian dance rhythms sit atop traditional Appalachian folk, while bluegrass is woven into the fundamentals of chamber music and jazz.

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Carsie Blanton Band  

Carsie Blanton Band

September 28, 2019 at 8:00pm

For the past dozen years, Blanton has been making music that’s been called “impeccably catchy” by critic Robert Christgau. Raised in a Virginia commune, and based today in New Orleans, the self-described “proud socialist” has been on the road since her teens, when her grandpa sent her a batch of jazz recordings by Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Louis Armstrong. “That’s when it started for me,” Blanton says. She fell in love with Cole Porter, and has since toured across America and Europe, sharing stages with The Wood Brothers, Paul Simon, Madeleine Peyroux, The Weepies and others. “A spunky singer-songwriter,” The Boston Globe calls her, “with a sense of swing to match her sense of humor.”

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The Lowest Pair  

The Lowest Pair

September 25, 2019 at 7:00pm

Kendl Winter started out in Arkansas, but upon graduating from high school she found her way to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn by the evergreens, the damp air, and a boundless music scene, she ended up in Olympia, Washington, where she was soon performing in both ramblin’ folk groups and anarchic punk bands. Eventually she released three solo records on indie label K Records, and in 2013 formed The Lowest Pair with fellow musician Palmer T. Lee. Palmer built his first banjo at age 19, from pieces he serendipitously inherited.

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Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root w/ Dirk Miller  

Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root w/ Dirk Miller

September 21, 2019 at 8:00pm

Who can forget Rusted Root? The multi-platinum band out of Pittsburgh revolved around the writing talents and distinct sound of Michael Glabicki, and went on to become into a musical entity that thrived in a category all its own, producing more than seven albums and selling more than three million units. Front-man Glabicki is probably still best known for writing one of the decade’s ubiquitous hits, “Send Me on My Way,” the sunny, hook-laden theme heard in Matilda and Ice Age.

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Nobody’s Girl w/ Colin Gilmore  

Nobody’s Girl w/ Colin Gilmore

September 19, 2019 at 7:00pm

Nobody’s Girl is a new trio formed by award-winning songwriters Betty Soo, Grace Pettis and Rebecca Loebe. Luscious harmony singers, effortless instrumentalists, seasoned touring artists: the three women recognized what each had accomplished individually could be made all the stronger by collaboration.

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Dan Bern  

Dan Bern

September 17, 2019 at 7:00pm

A Mount Vernon native now based in Northern California, Bern is also an author and artist, whose paintings been exhibited at CSPS. Whether fronting his various bands, or as a solo performer, he is convincing, funny and timely, giving an unassuming tip of the hat to the spirits of the past greats, while always sounding fresh and original. His most recent releases include Hoody, Adderal Holiday, and a children’s album, Three Feet Tall. His current projects include new recordings with his much loved band, The International Jewish Banking Conspiracy.

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Les Filles de Illigadhad  

Les Filles de Illigadhad

September 13, 2019 at 8:00pm

Combining the sounds of Tuareg or 'desert' guitar, with the vocal tradition of tende, the trio has, in essence, created a traditional form that's completely new. The result is winning over fans and critics alike. In Total Eclipse, Joni Sadler called the band’s concert “the most stunning show I’ve seen all year. In addition to an amazing performance, they have an incredible story.” Raved the critic for Cyclic Defrost, “This is village music, raucous, hypnotic, life-affirming … a powerful, beautiful and fascinating cultural experience.”

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Halfloves w/ Nick Booth, Treesreach  

Halfloves w/ Nick Booth, Treesreach

September 7, 2019 at 8:00pm

We’re happy to welcome back Halfloves, with their brand-new release, Dazer. The sophomore album was recorded in a barn in the middle of an Iowa cornfield, where the classic NY studio “Magic Shop” has found its new home. Now dubbed the “Magic Barn”, the studio features the same 70’s NEVE console, piano, etc. that Bowie, Bjork, Coldplay and countless others used to make some of the defining records of our time.

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Holly Bowling  

Holly Bowling

September 6, 2019 at 8:00pm

Texture, nuance, and a gift for dexterous high-wire improvisation are the hallmarks of San Francisco pianist Holly Bowling, classically trained, and now infusing jam band music with her technically advanced, emotionally rich style. After studying piano performance at San Francisco State University, Bowling turned her agile mind and interpretive prowess to the works of Phish on 2013’s Distillation of a Dream, and to the Grateful Dead on her 2016 release Better Left Unsung. Her compelling playing, and unerring ability to successfully collaborate with other musicians in an impressive array of styles, has brought her to the attention of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, and other luminaries who’ve asked Bowling to perform with them. Already a rising star on the festival circuit, Bowling continues to expand her solo touring, and recently formed the new band Ghost Light with Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen and Scotty Zwang.

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Sender  

Sender

August 22, 2019 - August 24, 2019

In the latest production from resident company Mirrorbox Theatre, Lynx returns to Chicago one year after he mysteriously disappeared, having been presumed dead by his friends and lovers. A presence that haunted everyone in his orbit, this enigmatic figure is suddenly resurrected like a Millennial Messiah. But Lynx and his friends are about to learn that not all mystical things are miraculous.

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