City Stompers continues to partner with the best string bands from near and far to bring you music so good you'll want to get up and dance.

 

First a concert with the highly acclaimed Lonesome Ace String Band out of Toronto. Sit back and enjoy the music!

 

Then... a Square Dance Party & Oldtime Jam! Special guest Tom Bailey will join the band to play dance tunes, and if you'd rather pick than dance this is the time for you to join the band too! Square dances called by Megan Downes. Swing your partner and promenade all! No experience or partner needed.

 

A single admission price for hours of fun!

 

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LONESOME ACE STRING BAND

 

The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some  righteous folk and country music. There's a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that transcends all of this.

 

Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South, the band members Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are each journeyman musicians and veterans of some of Canada's top roots music acts (New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Fiver).

 

Instrumentation alone instantly sets LAS's sound apart: consisting of just fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass, the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn't seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a sparseness and fragility that draws the listener in and refreshes the ear. All three are compelling lead singers, each with his own character and range. This allows for the vocal texture to shift depending on how the song needs to feel - and what the song has to say. When those voices come together the power of the harmonies is unshakable. It's clear to anyone who's heard LAS that they just don't sound like any other band. 

 

MEGAN DOWNES
After 17 years with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Megan moved back to her native NYC to teach flatfoot improvisation with City Stompers, one of the forces behind Flatfoot Flatbush and this summer’s 6th annual free Porch Stomp festival, June 23, 2019 on Governors Island. Megan will teach a flatfooting workshop at the Brooklyn Folk Festival on Sunday, April 7, and will return to the Jalopy stage with City Stompers on April 20th with Nate Leath, Aimee Curl and Danny Knicely.

 

CITY STOMPERS
Founded in 2004 by a public school teacher with boundless energy and an appreciation of American fiddle music, City Stompers holds regular beginner classes in American clogging and flatfoot dancing taught by Megan Downes. The free monthly Hoedown is a great way to experience the joy of live traditional music. Visit citystompers.org to find out where you can jump in!