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Bluegrass at Brooklyn Bowl: Virginia’s Love Canon, Dancegrass with singer/songwriter Seth Kessel tonight, Ryan Cavanaugh Band on 9.6

Country will meet city tonight when Virginia-based sextet Love Canon descends on Brooklyn Bowl for bluegrass renditions of ‘80s songs. The group has recently released its third album ‘Love Canon Greatest Hits III,’ which features covers of Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey” and the Giorgio Moroder-composed “Danger Zone.” Also playing tonight is the Alex Borsody-fronted band Dancegrass with the Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter Seth Kessel, whose 2013 album with the Two Cent Band features such poignantly animated tracks as “Goodbye July” (streaming below). Next week will see more bluegrass as the Brooklyn-based Ryan Cavanaugh Band will play at Brooklyn Bowl on 9.6 as part of the venue’s Bluegrass Brunch series. – Zach Weg 





Barefoot & Bankside headlines Rotten Apple Roots and Bluegrass Halloween at Union Hall (10.31)

Now that CMJ and our related hangovers are over, we can finally focus on plans for Halloween. Organized by Deli web helper Alex Borsody (who is starting to get a reputation for organizing fun folk and bluegrass shows) The Second Annual Rotten Apple Roots and Bluegrass Halloween comes to Union Hall this year with a delightful array of the best tricks and treats the Brooklyn folk community has to offer. Costumes are highly encouraged for this foot stomping good time, and you'd best get your tickets early since last year's show sold out the Bell House, and Union Hall is half the size. Featuring  lineup of Brooklyn indie folk and bluegrass allstars, Barefoot and Bankside (pictured + video streaming below), Seth Kessell and the Two Cent Band, Melody Allegra Berger and Dancegrass, it's a Boograss Spooktacular!





Dancegrass opens for Hackensaw Boys on July 18

At their July 18 debut show at the Bell House, new Brooklyn group Dancegrass will be attempting the impossible  by melding breakbeats and bluegrass. Their show will feature selections from the classic 1996 Grisman + Garcia album of traditional folk songs entitled 'Shady Grove.' Stick around for legendary punkgrass headliners and Modest Mouse pals the Hackensaw Boys. Dancegrass is Alex Borsody with Production from Seth Kessell. Check out an early demo by Dancegrass below.

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This weekend: Folk + Americana overdose at Union Hall

This weekend (July 11-12), roll up your sleeves for some hootin’, hollerin’ barn-burnin’ revelry - and you don’t even have to leave the city. The Great American Roots Stomp is back: a two-night Brooklyn festival showcasing eight acclaimed local bands audaciously bringing Americana roots back into the spotlight. Don't miss it this Friday and Saturday at Park Slope's eclectic watering hole Union Hall (while there, pick up a copy of our Ten Year Anniversary OIssue!.

Friday night features a range of high-energy performances, from bluegrass to country to jazz. Jumbo Brown (pictured and streaming) is a group of wild southern boys bringing the sounds of a back porch jam, gold rush piano parlor, and a Mardi Gras parade to the big city. Bobtown's compelling blend of voices and instruments move gracefully between elegy and celebration. The Melody Allegra Band's virtuosic instrumentals include Melody's own fiddling, which has been featured on an episode of House of Cards. Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band moves effortlessly from Prohibition-era swing to gypsy jazz to 1950s rock ’n’ roll without skipping a beat.

Saturday night features strong songwriting and colorful voices. Union Street Preservation Society, an irresistibly lively string band with a Cash-Carter dynamic, weaves new songs from the fabric of bluegrass, old-time and early jazz. Jan Bell & The Maybelles' lilting harmonies combine sounds from backroads America with a UK coal mining background; they are winner of the 2008 Independent Music Awards' Alt. Country Album of the year. The Alex Mallett Band offers genre-jumping, banjo-driven sing-a-long songs with a strong beat and an uncanny wit. Opening the night, Sara Bouchard & the Salt Parade's signature salty-sweet vocals will stop you in your tracks while smart, colorful lyrics - taken from history books and other unlikely sources - will hold you hypnotized.  

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