C.J. Chenier, son of the 'King of Zydeco' and Grammy award winning musician, Clifton Chenier, joined his father's Red-Hot Louisiana Band playing saxophone at the age of 21. After Clifton's death in 1987, C.J. picked up the accordion and took charge of his father's ministry - to spread the word of Zydeco music to the world. Since then, Chenier has pushed the genre to new heights with his virtuosity. The Boston Globe has called him "the crown prince of zydeco," and Living Blues magazine hails him as "the best living zydeco singer and accordionist." His musical style ranges from the traditional Zydeco of Clifton Chenier right on up to modern funk with healthy doses of blues, R&B, swamp pop and even country. C.J.'s total mastery of the accordion combined with his rich, satisfying voice are the driving forces behind this power-house zydeco band.
When Paul Simon recorded his 1990 album Rhythm of the Saints, he handpicked C.J. Chenier to play accordion (alongside Ringo Starr on drums) then asked him to join his “Born at the Right Time Tour”. A few years later C.J. showed up as a guest on the Gin Blossom’s “New Miserable Experience” album.
C.J,‘s 1995 appearances on the Jon Stewart Show and CNN brought C.J.’s music to his widest audiences yet. But all this attention didn’t change his philosophy toward his music. “You go to a gig by a jazz band,” he says, “and everybody's sitting down, sipping drinks. You play zydeco and you see shoes flying off. You can’t come to my show and stay unhappy all night long. You’re going to break a smile and stomp your foot before too long. This is happy music, and it makes you dance.”
$15 day of show
Since its inception in 1994 Gent Treadly has been a movable feast of some of the finest players in NYC. The lineup consists of one of the slammingest rhythm sections you'll ever hear led by Greg Koerner on bass who is a veteran of New York bands Uncle Buzz, The Joneses and Crimson Rose and a "phil-in" for the Dark Star Orchestra. Also regularly rounding out the band lately have been Adam Douglass on guitar, Mike Severino on drums and Abou Diarassouba on drums.
Gent Treadly is truly a unique act and the players are the real deal who have evolved into one of the most heralded units in New York City - offering a precocious blend of bluesy improvisational roots rock. Over the years these guys have been joined onstage by members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, Jane's Addiction, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Band, The Neville Brothers, Particle, Spin Doctors and moe, just to name a few.
Gent Treadly is also frequently rounded out by special guests such as Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers Band, Garth Hudson of The Band, Buddy Cage on pedal steel of New Riders of the Purple Sage and Bob Dylan, and Tom Constanten of The Grateful Dead as well as Kenny Brooks who plays Sax with Ratdog.
In the past the band often featured Vince Welnick of The Grateful Dead and The Tubes until his passing in June of 2006. It has also included Tom Kaelin on drums (of Atlantic recording artists, The Hatters, The Michael Parrish Band), our beloved brother Mike Jaimes on guitar, who passed ad astra in October 2006, our good friend David Berg on guitar and Anastasia Rene (Percy Hill, Assembly of Dust) on vocals. Also filling out the band has been Rocky Friedlander on pedal steel, Scott Guberman on keys, Durand Daniells on guitar and Peter Levin on keys (Blind Boys of Alabama, God Street Wine, Zen Tricksters).
$15 day of show
Zach Deputy was raised in the South Carolina heat, all cooked up in his Puerto Rican, Cruzan and Irish heritage. The Calypso rhythms and folk songs of St. Croix competed with the R&B / soul of pioneers like James Brown and Ray Charles for space on the family stereo. As Deputy honed his craft, a unique hybrid of these influences emerged, ultimately creating the signature Zach Deputy sound. To bring this sound to the stage, the big, impossibly upbeat South Carolinian with the infectious smile puts on a solo show– enhanced by looping technology– that is essentially a one man dance party offering up what he calls “Island-infused, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul” to the enthusiastic crowds of dancers who flock to clubs from coast-to-coast. Over 1000 shows in the past 4 years have made Zach Deputy one of the most in-demand performers on the grassroots festival circuit and a big hit on the national club circuit.
CassiRaye is a singer-songwriter with roots in the Deep South and the Washington D.C. area. Since the age of 13, Cassi has written a well round repertoire of songs encompassing her life experience. Through emotional compassion, CassiRaye takes you on a journey through the sound of her world. Inspired by nature, deeper question, and love, her music resonates in the heart. Her style is infused with elements of soul, blues, and experimental sounds. As far back as she can remember, music has been her guardian angel and guide. Today she shares the gift of music with all whom are open to receiving it. Currently residing in Shepherdstown, WV, she performs solo, with the CassiRaye Band, and with various local performers. She is working on her first album, and expects to release it by the end of 2014.
Keith Duckworth's music career began with a 6-year adventure touring the world playing classic rock for U.S. Armed Forces and recording two studio albums, culminating in a series of mystical awakenings and call to sacred service in 2008. Since then, his path has taken him on a cross-cultural journey exploring the shamanic healing traditions of native North and South America, weaving the world's great wisdom traditions with his Appalachian & Christian roots. Keith's passion for music is now devotional, focusing on the celebration of the unique and divine nature of all beings, and the power of vibrational sound healing.
Kaylan will be opening the stage this evening. An indie-rock singer/songwriter from Frederick, MD with a sound somewhere between Fiona Apple, Stevie Nicks and Birdy, her unique guitar and piano lines along with her emotional lyrics will offer a connection most anyone will be able to receive.
A fundraiser for Breast Cancer awareness, Identity Crisis' 2014 theme is "Music, A Trip in Time" and draws hundreds of participants who will adorn themselves in costumes, changing their identities to music inspired characters plucked from somewhere in time, past, future or present. The Opera House will be transformed into "Club Crisis" dance party.
Megan Jean and the KFB, or Klay Family Band, arrange a demented blend of americana, punk, dance, and the avant-garde that they’ve taken to describing as, “a metal band, if it was 1927.”
Inventive percussion, electrified banjo, and a voice like the Devil Herself have earned Megan Jean and the KFB a dedicated following all over the East Coast. Calling the road home on a “never-ending tour,” this transient married duo has taken their nomadic musical lifestyle and transformed it into a kind of Voodoo that unites scenes, fans, and musical styles. This is a band that lives to perform, and is fueled by sheer guts and know how.
In April of 2012, the band was featured on PBS performing their original composition “These Bones” as part of a music documentary series Music Voyager, which broadcast internationally. In July of 2012 they were named the winners of the “Under The Radar Competition” at FloydFest in Floyd VA, which earned them a spot on the main stage in 2013. They have shared the stage with Shovels and Rope, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Rising Appalachia.
On March 1st of 2013, the duo released their 2nd full-length album, The Devil Herself, recorded at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC, and is currently recording their third album entirely analogue.
Banditos are famously eclectic, paying tribute to a myriad of influences that would bury a lesser band in tuneless muck.
Originating from Birmingham, Alabama, the band has since relocated to Nashville, TN and are using their disparate influences to forge a more assured identity.
Though they recall a dozen bands, they sound like none so much as themselves. The instrumentation is as ambitious as it is deftly executed. Mingling upright bass with kazoo and banjo while the soul-spangled howl of Mary Richardson, who plays counterpoint to a deceivingly sparse guitar, drenched in a quantity of reverb and delay, not often associated with “danceable.”
But Banditos shake it down & deliver. Honestly, their shows are such burn downs of shimmying shins and stomping heels they should carry warnings for bone spurs.
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.
$10 day of show
Thanks to tastefully gritty guitars, bombastic drums and plunky bass -- not to mention the sweet vocal harmonies and fanfaric brass of trumpet and trombone -- Holy Ghost Tent Revival delivers catchy, danceable numbers that will leave you humming and grinning time and time again. And it all comes straight from the heads and hearts of its talented young performers: six handsome gents from North Carolina who write dynamic, authentic songs and spend a whole lot of time traveling in a van together.
A soul-rock horn band that recalls '60s and '70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz. -NPR
The Green Boys are a four-piece band based out of Richmond, Virginia. Equally mislabeled as bluegrass, folk, or honky-tonk, the boys sometimes mention the idea of being a part of a “country-revival”. It’s a half-serious notion that nonetheless approaches the crux of the band’s complex sound. The Green Boys are led by brothers Sean and Ryan Green, each a songwriter coming from and delivering very different lyrical and melodic styles. Yet like the Louvin, Delmore, or even today’s Avett Brothers, the distinction between the two voices is grounded by a blood harmony, their edges blending towards a commonality.
Rounded out by the talented Mike Emmons and Zack Miller, the band’s live show is a trek through low-tempo lap steel melancholies, banjo and mandolin barnstorming, and jug band sing-alongs. All the while, their well honed hooks tend to catch the ear. The Green Boys flirt with many genres, yet the focus never strays far from their goal. The melody, the lyric, and the feeling assembled into the band’s small contribution to what they feel is a national revival of a simple ideal: the songwriter is the singer, the sound is the way it feels, the words, simple too, are the way it was and is.
Hailing from the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia, The Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade. Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, WV; The Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin' n’ grinnin' and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.
The band is best known for their high-energy live performances and have become a crowd favorite at major festivals, fairs and concert venues all across the mid-Atlantic region and abroad. They perform in the old fashioned style, playing around a single vintage ribbon microphone. This "Old Timey" approach adds an authentic high-energy barn party atmosphere to their show. Watching the whole band work around the mic is like taking a trip back in time. It'll sure make you want to get up and dance.
Billy Thompson has been delivering guitar work that has electrified audiences in the U.S. and throughout Europe, setting the tone for this veteran musician’s sizzling performances, both live and in studio. In his original music, he combines world class slide guitar, searing licks and soulful vocals with a unique amalgamation of styles including blues, rock, funk, New Orleans and R&B.
The Woodshedders bring together the diverse influences of American Country, Rhythm & Blues, Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Gypsy Jazz. Lead singer and guitarist, Dwayne Brooke is joined by upright bassist Ryan Mayo, fiddlin’ David Van Deventer, mandolin and guitar player Jared Pool, and drummer Jesse Shultzaberger.
Since forming in early 2009, the Dirty Bourbon River Show has released 8 studio albums and played over 600 live shows, fast earning them a stellar reputation for their tight, diverse sound and high-energy performances. They can be found bringing their blend of “New Orleans Gypsy Brass Circus Rock” all over the USA, performing at festivals and respected venues year-round.
The Dirty Bourbon River Show is comprised of Noah Adams (vocals, piano, guitar, accordion, trumpet),Charles “Big Charlie” Skinner (vocals, trombone, wind toys), Matt “Slyfox” Thomas (vocals, tenor and baritone saxophone, clarinet), Jimmy Williams (bass, sousaphone, flute) and Dane “Bootsy” Schindler (drums).
Their 8th studio album, Volume Four, continues to push the boundaries of modern-day music, pairing reflective, syncopated lyrics with complex, harmony-rich songwriting. As a full-time touring quintet of highly versed multi-instrumentalists, the Dirty Bourbon River Show strives to change the way we think and feel about music.
Named "Best Live Band in LA" by The LA Weekly, each Dustbowl performance promises to be a white-knuckle ride through the history of American folk music that rarely stays just on the stage. Call it the new old-timey dance hall sound made fresh by some of the best soloists in the business. After placing several songs on ABC and Fox and having tunes featured in independent films like "Made In China" (winner of SXSW) winning Americana song of the year from the Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits judging), playing festivals like Outside Lands and Live Oak and opening for bands like Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty, the band began barnstorming more extensively across the USA.
Founder Z. Lupetin came west from Chicago and placed a humble Craigslist ad to get the circus started. The group has grown steadily from a small string band playing up and down the west coast, into a traveling mini orchestra featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, ukelele, drums, tuba, organ, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck.
With their latest record Carry Me Home rising on the Americana charts, the band is slated for a big 2014. A European tour is in the works. They will be recording their first live album at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and LA's famed Troubadour and have toured the Midwest and East coast.
PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based 10-piece band whose style and sound represents hip-hop from the 1980s to present day. A collective of young musicians, composers and artists, PitchBlak embodies the contemporary and vibrant undercurrents of New York City. PitchBlak’s members have incredibly diverse musical backgrounds, allowing them to infuse hip-hop driven music with anything under the sun.
PitchBlak has performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Le Poisson Rouge, 92YTribeca, Southpaw, The Shrine, Toronto's NXNE Music Festival, Savannah Stopover Festival, Vermont’s legendary Nectar’s, Albany’s Red Square, and took home first prize at the 1st Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition. In addition to performing live, PitchBlak trains and mentors young musicians in community outreach programs and classrooms throughout the country.
PitchBlak released its debut album, You See Us, in fall 2013.
Dude Angels is a hot blooded mix of American rock and roll painted in clean desert tones and washed with wide strokes of overdrive. Pulling from the vast canvas of the American songbook they fashion an entirely original sound that is as unique as it is familiar. This three-piece consists of Cary Smith on vocals and guitar, Andrew Ford on drums and vocals and Ben Ford on vocals and guitar. A band of brothers quite literally as well as in spirit. Shades of the past be damned, this is something completely new.
Ariel Cifala and Zoe Jenkins will be opening the evening. This teen-aged duo grew up together here in Shepherdstown singing and dancing all the time.
Mix the Hot Club of Paris with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a couple blades of bluegrass, a pinch of ragtime beat, and a western swinging swagger and you've just conjured the sound of The Appleseed Collective.
"The blends of swing, bluegrass, Dixieland ditties and alluring gypsy-folk whirls - is something close to a transcendent listen ... you're there, on some dirt road, being led on by these songs," raves Jeff Milo of iSpy Magazine.
Formed in 2010, The Appleseed Collective has become a force of nature driven by their local community and developed by a strong sense of do-it-yourself drive. In an age of corporations and climate change, the band’s commitment to buying & selling local, eating from gardens, and being their own bosses has led to the kind of success that feels simply organic.
The Appleseed Collective is not a bluegrass band. It’s not The Hot Club of Paris. It’s not a ragtime cover band. The Appleseed Collective represents Americana music rooted in traditions from all over the world and from every decade, creating a live experience that welcomes every soul and is impossible to replicate.
Christian Lopez Band (CLB) is not merely riding the wave of Americana Music, the West Virginia natives, are bending it to its knees. With the will of his voice and the stomp of a steady beat, Christian Lopez and his band are pioneering their own brand of Alt. Folk Country Rock. Like a young Whitman, Lopez translates the iconic America before him into rousing romps and searing serenades employing crisp and thoughtful imagery and storytelling. Lopez is turning traditional songwriting on its head. Lopez takes listeners on a heartfelt rampage through emotion, energy and excitement caring less about the hook then hooking them in with the range and passion in his voice. One moment the music traverses the depths of one’s interior life and the next it rips the listener into a frenzy - a call to stomp, romp and roll.