Read the 13th Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social performer bios, organized by day and headliners first:
:: THURSDAY ::
Yo Pitzy Jugband (Los Angeles)
YO PITZY JUG BAND HAS DEEP ROOTS OF FAMILY TRADITION PLAYING TRADITIONAL STRING BAND MUSIC ON THE PORCH AFTER A FAMILY BBQ. FROM THE TALL MOUNTAINS AND FERTILE VALLEYS OF CALIFORNIA, TO THE CORNFIELDS OF INDIANA, YO PITZY FINDS IT’S INSPIRATION. SONGS ABOUT FAMILY, ADVENTURE AND FREIGHT TRAINS RUN THROUGH THE BANDS’ REPERTOIRE WITH THE EMPHASIS ON SIMPLE EARLY STRING BAND STYLE. THE BOYS COMBINE TRADITIONAL SONGS WITH ORIGINAL TUNES AND LOOKS FORWARD TO DEEPER MUSICAL ADVENTURE. YO PITZY HAS STARTED TO GET QUITE A BUZZ PLAYING SHOWS AND FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN & CENTRAL CALIFORNIA FOR THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY FOR THAT OLD TIME AUTHENTIC STRING BAND SOUND.
Clinton Davis (San Diego)
Clinton Davis is an old-time multi-instrumentalist and educator currently based in San Diego. A fifth-generation Kentuckian, Davis grew up with faint residues of old time music lingering in the air and in his family’s past. However, his love for traditionally Southern and Appalachian musics blossomed after he moved to the west coast in 2009. He currently performs on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, and piano as a soloist or as leader of the G Burns Jug Band. In 2015, No Depression called the Jug Band’s sophomore album, The Southern Pacific & The Santa Fe “a joyous and soulful restoration of one of the lost treasures of American musical tradition.” That same year, their album was also awarded “Best Local Recording” at the San Diego Music Awards.
Davis curates the Southern Pacific Sessions, a video and concert series in La Jolla which aims to help cultivate the next generation of audiences for traditional music in San Diego and Southern California.
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Have More Fun Stringband (Los Angeles)
:: FRIDAY ::
Echo Mountain (Los Angeles)
Echo Mountain is a five piece old-time string band based out of Los Angeles, featuring fiddlers Kyle McNally and Jonathan Shifflett, Peter Linden on banjo, and multi-instrumentalists Kelly Marie Martin and Ben Kramer. Together they play square dances in the LA area and have been featured performers at the Watkins Family Hour and the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley. The collective vision of Echo Mountain is to build a repertoire that reflects the full spectrum of the old-time tradition, tackling complex fiddle tunes and rich harmony singing with new energy while remaining true to traditional style and form.
Richie & Rosie (New York)
Banjo player Richie Stearns and fiddler Rosie Newton grew up 150 miles and a few decades apart, but the fated combination of their unique skill, varied musical influence, and honest storytelling comes together to achieve their common goal: to create music that people can connect with. Before joining forces, Richie earned himself a name with genre-bending band the Horse Flies and collaborations with Natalie Merchant and Donna the Buffalo. Having performed internationally with legends like Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, David Byrne, Billy Bragg & Wilco, and Joan Baez, his career spans decades. But when their paths crossed in the Ithaca old-time scene during Rosie’s freshman year, Richie & Rosie began touring together as members of the Evil City String Band, and were eventually drawn to pursue this more intimate duo project. Their music finds itself at a junction of Americana, old-time, and folk, bringing a new sound to traditional music with their signature trance-like, boundary pushing instrumental arrangements and angelic harmonies. As two musicians in two very different parts of life, Richie and Rosie are proof of two things: the power and magic of two people making music, and that the universal messages that lie within their songs remain timeless.
Ozark Highballers (Arkansas)
The Ozark Highballers are a three piece string band from Fayetteville, Arkansas. This old-fashioned ensemble features the rollicking chords and bass runs of Aviva Steigmeyer on guitar, the rhythmically intricate string tickling of Clarke Buehling on finger-style banjo, and the dynamic fiddling of Roy Pilgrim on the fiddle. The Highballers provide music for square dances, farmers markets, festivals, public and private parties, as well as playing music on plain old street corners and front porches. Their music reflects the spirit and drive of the rural string bands of the 1920s and 30s, particularly those of the Arkansas Ozarks.
FRIDAY NIGHT HOUSE BAND:
David Bragger & Susan Platz (Los Angeles)
“There’s twin fiddling, and then there’s David Bragger and Susan Platz. Their music really reaches into that space where two instruments become one and draws you right in with it. Their debut CD, King’s Lament, is one of the most sonorous and rhythmically locked-in sets of tunes you’ll hear, and spans across familiar and unfamiliar old-time terrain. Another really great recording from David’s unique Tiki Parlour collection.” –-Bruce Molsky
Plus a Special Crankie performance by Angelina Elise
to the tune “Do as You Please, Just Come Back to Me” by Skillet Licorice
Angelina Elise, artist and friend of the LAOTS performs her new crankie with a song she feel in love when she saw Skillet Licorice perform it at last years Social. This newest crankie reflects her own thoughts on love and connections between people. You can view the full version on her website at www.angelinaelise.com/crankie“
Skillet Licorice is the latest project from San Francisco Bay Area roots-music luminaries Elise Engelberg and Matt Knoth. The duo’s talents are showcased beautifully on their new self-titled CD which draws on their diverse experiences playing in numerous string bands over the years in a dizzying array of folk genres. Whether they’re playing hot fiddle breakdowns, slinky blues, sparkling banjo breaks, ragtime or dreamy waltzes the duo displays an impressive command of styles and techniques that comes from deep study and loving dedication to America’s folk traditions. With the help of their talented friends Allegra Thompson and Erik Pearson they’ve put together a sound that is essentially traditional, yet with a modern approach that is anything but a stodgy museum piece. Skillet Licorice is hot, sweet, and just a little bit greasy!
:: SATURDAY ::
Richie & Rosie