Friday, October 19th, 20189:00pm: Jan Bell
10:00pm: Ordinary Elephant
Jan spent the late 90's traveling the back roads of North America thanks to the young troubadour Jason Eklund. He introduced her to the American Folk community and the music of Woody Guthrie, back before Okemah, Oklahoma founded his home town name sake festival. New Orleans, the Ozarks, Oregon, New Mexico and Colorado were all home away from house-less. Gas was a dollar a gallon, and they put miles in six figures on his '78 Mercury Grand Marquis. In 2000 Jan decided to settle down in a neighborhood by The Brooklyn Bridge called Dumbo (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). There she put together her first country band playing on the back of a '64 Ford Pick up truck outside an iron workers bar that stood there for a century. Six albums and five UK tours later, Jan continues to play as band leader of The Maybelles. Often accompanied by violin, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, or lap steel. Year round she hosts Americana, Folk and Country Blues artists from both sides of the Atlantic, and has built a vital grass roots music scene on the ever gentrifying Brooklyn waterfront.
International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. The collaboration of husband and wife, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. You see it, hear it, and then you find yourself truly feeling it. “As genuine as it gets” says legendary Texas producer Lloyd Maines. Crystal and Pete Damore have been performing together since 2011, when they called Texas home. The two took to full-time nomadic life with their dogs in 2014, and are still finding home and music wherever they go. The duo was both a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2017, and their release ‘Before I Go’ was No. 7 on the Folk DJ Chart for that year.