Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
$12 adv / $15 @ door
Hoot and Holler:
In early 2013, a mutual love of American folk music brought Amy Alvey (fiddle, guitar) and Mark Kilianski (guitar, banjo) together. They call themselves Hoot and Holler as a nod to the “hootenanny” song gatherings during the folk revival of the 1960s, while also hinting at the infectious energy that occurs during a barn dance in the south. After cutting their teeth in Boston’s burgeoning roots music scene for two and a half years, they could not help but heed the call of the open road, and spent the better part of 2016 touring nationally while living in their camper van "Irene". Ever inspired by the enduring spirit of traditional Appalachian mountain music, they now call Asheville, North Carolina their home. Their songwriting comes across as simple, honest, and fresh to the ears. Fans of tight duo harmonies will love the tender harmonizing between Amy and Mark that falls in line with masters like Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Both are Berklee College of Music alumni, and the listener can expect the polished technique of conservatory training, in tandem with the grit, drive, and soul of musicians like Bill Monroe or Ola Belle Reed. Their new full-length album "Reasons To Run" plays like a sonic cross-country road trip. The album starts off with a cajun groove harkening to the Louisiana swamps, while "Too Many Reasons To Run" was inspired by the sparse beauty of the Southwestern desert. With other geographical references to Virginia, New Orleans, and Kentucky, Hoot and Holler invite you to experience their soundscapes, described as a "fresh and distinctive blend that can only be earned the hard way - through thousands of miles and hundreds of nights on the road." -Patrick Coman, WUMB's Local Folk
Baltimore-based clawhammer banjoist Brad Kolodner represents the next generation of Old-Time musicians pushing the boundaries of the tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded for his delicate touch, expressive style, and original compositions, Kolodner has rapidly gained national attention for his unique approach to the banjo at just 27 years of age. Awarded the 2016 IBMA Momentum Award for Industry Involvement, Kolodner is helping to lead the charge as a performer, teacher, DJ for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, jam leader, community builder and ambassador for Old-Time and Bluegrass music. He regularly performs across the country in a duo with his father Ken Kolodner, a world renowned hammered dulcimer player and with the acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction.
Alex Lacquement started playing the upright bass with fervent passion when he was seventeen and hasn’t let anything slow him down. The first time he heard sound of the upright bass he found his life’s calling; to perform music and share joy. Alex is an energetic and assertive ensemble player, imaginative soloist, and precise technician on the double bass. His tone is unmistakable. Alex's driving groove unifies a groups sound, making him an in-demand player. He uses his breadth of musical training to bring new sounds and moods to America’s traditional songs.As a nationally touring artist, Alex performs with Bumper Jacksons, Charm City Junction, Ken & Brad Kolodner, and Letitia VanSant.
He holds two degrees in music education from the Eastman School (M.M.) ’12 and from James Madison University (B.M.) ‘09. While at Eastman, Alex was fully immersed studying Bebop and Contemporary Jazz. Digging down through records of early-recorded jazz Alex began to hear that the roots of jazz, country music and bluegrass over-lapped and intertwined in same soil of American culture.