2022 Main Stage Schedule
June 16 Jun 16
The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band consists of outstanding musicians with over 100 years of combined recording and performance experience. Joining guitarist Peter Rowan are Chris Henry, mandolin and vocals, Max Wareham, banjo and vocals, Julian Pinelli, fiddle and Eric Thorin, bass.
The ensemble has graced the stages of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Merlefest, Rothbury Australia’s National Folk Festival, and numerous other festivals domestically and abroad, entertaining audiences with original and traditional songs executed in vibrant harmony.
In April 2013 Peter Rowan released The Old School, a magnificent blending of old school sounds and players (Del McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne and Buddy Picher) with some of the bright young talent such as Chris Henry, Ronnie & Robbie McCoury performing memorable new songs such as “Doc Watson Morning”, “Drop The Bone” and “Keepin’ It Between The Lines (Old School)”.
The Old School followed the group’s debut album for Nashville’s Compass Records- Legacy; the recording, featuring traditional and original compositions, was produced by Compass owner/recording artist Alison Brown and includes Ricky Skaggs, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Del McCoury.
Legacy received a Grammy nomination in 2010. Rebel Records was the home for Peter’s next bluegrass masterpiece, Carter Stanley’s Eyes, and 2022 will see Peter’s second Rebel release, featuring members of the latest incarnation of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.
Jack Black and Kyle Gass make up the Greatest Band in the World: Tenacious D. They started playing together in Kyle’s studio apartment on Cochran Ave in Los Angeles. No one could have ever dreamed of where the band’s genius would take them, but take them it did…
The band had a variety series on HBO that aired in 1999. Their self-titled album was released in the fall of 2001 with Epic Records and was quickly certified at Gold-selling status, and has since been certified Platinum. The duo completed their first feature film together - Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny - for New Line Cinema, which was released in November, 2006. The album Rize of the Fenix followed in 2012, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album.
June 17 Jun 17
For 3 decades , brother and sister Jeneda and Clayson Benally have been recording and touring, bringing their empowering organic conscious raising charged music to communities throughout Europe and North America.
Multi award winning musicians Jeneda and Clayson Benally from the (Dine) Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona create an explosive duo of just bass, drums and vocals with a traditional Navajo backbone bridging folk, rock, world, pop and a little punk.
As brother and sister they grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide against their traditional way of life. Sihasins music reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities and social and environmental justice.
Their first album “Never Surrender” produced by Grammy award winner Ed Stasium has won just about every award on the American Indian Music Scene. “Never Surrender” spent 18 weeks on Sirius XM’S Aboriginal countdown reaching the #1 spot and was highlighted in the Huffington Post as the #1 Freedom Fighting band to get you through the Trump Years.
Sihasin’s second album “Fight Like A Woman” also produced by Ed Stasium, released in May 2018 has received 11 nominations in the Native American Music Categories, has won 2 Global Music Awards, Best Pop in the Indian Summer Music Awards and 5 nominations in the Native American Music Awards and is in current rotation throughout the world on Undercurrents radio and many college and independent radio stations.
Sihasin is a rare band that does more than just perform. They leave their audiences with an exhilarating feeling of hope and respect and cultural appreciation. The duo also gives presentations and workshops on Native American culture and history. Workshops combine the creative process of solution -finding with music and are tailored for every age group especially in schools but not limited to libraries, conferences, concerts and festivals.
Sihasin has been featured in The London Sunday Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, Arizona Highways, The Huffington Post, Ryot Magazine, Radio France’s RFI, Arte TV, PBS, ABC and many many more.
Leah Song and Chloe Smith, founding sisters of Rising Appalachia, have long witnessed themselves – by both choice and coincidence – carrying harmony into settings of upheaval and discord. Soon after their eponymous release in 2006, the siblings moved to New Orleans to assist in rebuilding efforts following Katrina. There they gained not only a deeper sense of connection to the roots of American music, but also an abiding sense of purpose as musicians. The band, which has now grown to include musicians David Brown on upright bass and baritone guitar, and Biko Casini on world percussion, has settled into its stride and purpose through creating original music with a mission, rooted in the traditions of folk songs, storytelling, and grass roots activism. The band manages to meld traditions and genres the same way Leah and Chloe blend their voices; it’s casual, beguiling, and effortlessly singular.
As the name connotes, the band’s sound arises most directly from the old-time music traditions that were passed down from Leah and Chloe’s parents, who often took the young girls to fiddle camps and gatherings in the Appalachian Mountains. Their home was in a different setting altogether, though. It lay smack dab in the heart of urban Atlanta Georgia, a humble craftsman house where, on most afternoons, fiddle tunes and blues guitar still get played by their mother and father. The traditional melodies within can blend with the city’s other sounds: a passing car’s subwoofers shaking out deep drum and bass notes, and some accordion driven boleros from a soccer match down the road. It’s not hard, sitting on their porch, to understand where this band’s persuasive and powerful new genre of acoustic folk comes from – one that melds old-time music with a thick rhythm section, southern soul with West African instrumentation and an occasional Colombian love song thrown in. The diverse influences converge through the voices of Leah and Chloe, which go together as only two siblings’ can.
Drawing on the energy of a rock band and the Laurel Canyon songwriting of the ‘70s, The Lil Smokies are reimagining their approach to roots music on Tornillo, named for the remote Texas town where the album was recorded. Produced by Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses), Tornillo is the band’s third studio album. Formed in Missoula, Montana, The Lil Smokies have built a national following through constant touring, performing at Red Rocks, LOCKN’, High Sierra, Telluride, Bourbon & Beyond and more.
Childers grew up in Lawrence County, Kentucky, with a father in the coal industry and a mother who worked as a nurse. As a boy, he sang for his Free Will Baptist Church congregation and learned a few chords on a guitar given to him by his grandfather. He absorbed the classic rock his father liked, along with country artists of the ‘80s, such as Alabama, Ricky Skaggs, and Hank Williams Jr. He started writing songs at 13 and occasionally played them for friends at parties. At 15, when his grandfather died, Childers turned to bluegrass as a way to remember him.
With this kind of musical versatility even as a teenager, Childers started pursuing weekend gigs, enabling him to get into local bars well before he turned 21. In 2011, he released an independent album, followed by a couple of live EPs, but it wasn’t until Purgatory in 2017 that he garnered international attention.
“I’ve been blessed with an opportunity to make a living doing what I want,” he says. “Not everybody gets to say that and I’m extremely grateful for that opportunity. It’s satisfying too, seeing these goals that Senora May and I have made for ourselves — understanding the price of an acre, the price of a two by four. I kept beating my head up against a wall to try to get that for us, without really getting anywhere. But because of the reception that I’ve had with Purgatory — and I hope people will enjoy this next album – we’ve been able to get closer and closer to the home that we intend to build for the family we hope to have.”
June 18 Jun 18
As partners in both life and music, Sierra Hull and Justin Moses wake up every day, grab a cup of coffee and their instruments, and start playing together—just as they have done for more than a decade. Their instrumental journeys meet at the intersection of traditional and experimental, with the extremely proficient multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses switching with ease between dobro, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo, performing alongside Sierra Hull, who is known as the standout mandolin player of her time. A show with these two normally starts with the duo surrounded by more than seven instruments, leaving the audience in anticipation as to which one they will pick up next.
“Hull’s musical path recalls the artistic trajectory of crossover star [Alison] Krauss, another child prodigy who branched out beyond bluegrass to great acclaim.” – Chicago Tribune
What began as an all-female festival collab quickly morphed into a serious passion project driven by sisterhood, harmony and humor……along with the shared desire to rage fiddle tunes and upset middle aged men with unapologetic and sometimes-shocking stage banter. Big Richard is a neo-acoustic super group made up of well established Colorado musicians: Bonnie Sims on mandolin, Joy Adams on cello, Emma Rose on bass + guitar and Eve Panning on fiddle. The future of this group is big and rising fast.
June 19 Jun 19
Praised by NPR for their “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms” and “virtuosic solos,” TWISTED PINE has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and charismatic appeal.
Steeped in traditional music, these musicians are also fearless, tuneful improvisers and passionate lovers of pop. Fiddler Kathleen Parks’ command of the vocal mic is as charming as it is gutsy. On her instrument, Parks is an insatiable risk-taker, seeking out exciting new musical territories. Mandolinist Dan Bui is a master of melody and drive, celebrated widely for his dexterous, tasteful picking. And bassist Chris Sartori holds down the low end and a lot more, introducing creative, funk-inflected cadences that never overwhelm the beat.
In the twenty years since their inception, many have tried to describe The Duhks’ music— “contemporary acoustic,” “progressive soul-grass,” and “kick-ass rock/folk fusion” are just a few of the attempts. The group would go on to be nominated for a Grammy award and 4 Juno awards, one of which won for Best Roots & Traditional album in 2005.
Formed in 2002 from a collection of accomplished folk nerds who met through the adventures of Leonard Podolak and his former band Scruj MacDuhk and who all just couldn’t get enough of mashing up genres from the Appalachian mountains, French Canada, Cuba, Brazil, Ireland, Scotland and Louisiana. Their unique brand of entertainment fuses driving sets of tunes and soaring vocals with danceability and great songwriting that will make you want to follow them around the globe to every folk festival. Back to the original lineup, they are ready to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first album, Your Daughters & Your Sons.
“Canada’s premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to blues, urban-pop to old-timey, with wild-eyed invention, haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove. GRAMMY nominees and JUNO award winners, seeing The Duhks live is nothing short of a spiritual experience. A syncopated bluesy banjo number seamlessly follows a Brazilian samba; an old-time jaunt nestles comfortably next to a gospel performance. One of the most musically adventurous bands to come from the roots scene in the past decade, The Duhks return to the stage is definitely a cause for celebration.” - The Boston Globe
Turnpike Troubadours are one of America’s most beloved and respected independent bands. Since their debut in 2005, the band has released four studio albums and amassed a huge and deeply dedicated fan base. The band has toured relentlessly, playing countless sold-out shows and festivals across the country.
Consisting of Evan Felker (lead vocals), Kyle Nix (fiddle), Ryan Engleman (electric guitar), RC Edwards (bass), Gabe Pearson (drums) and Hank Early (steel, accordion), Turnpike Troubadours will make their highly-anticipated return to the stage this spring.
Lineup and times are subject to change.