Gangstagrass

"Psychedelix Americana": Music of The Deli Magazine and Relix

Gangstagrass

Chris Q. Murphey, Bennett Sullivan, Melody Allegra Band, Alex Mallet Band, Astograss Plays John Hartford, Seth Kessel

Friday · April 11, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$14.00 - $16.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Gangstagrass
Gangstagrass
There are only three bands that can tame a mountain lion just by playing. Gangstagrass is one of them. Gangstagrass is also the other two of them.

When you armwrestle Bigfoot, don't win. And for god's sake don't cheat.

Gangstagrass is a dirty fightin', gator wrestlin', foot stompin' bluegrass-hip-hop project of Brooklyn based producer Rench, who has spent the last decade making gritty, soulful country hip-hop music that you will actually like.

Yeah, Gangstagrass did the theme song to Justified. Yeah, Rench and T.O.N.E-z got nominated for an Emmy for it. Yeah, this is real bluegrass pickers and real emcees making music. And yeah, we do it live too.
Chris Q. Murphey
Chris Q. Murphey
Lying somewhere between the honky-tonk swagger of Hank Williams, the self-effacing confessionals of Loudon Wainwright III, and the wry pop wit of Elvis Costello, Chris Q. Murphy rolls his years of experiences on stage in classical choirs, in the van with indie rock bands, and nights at old-time jams into what's quickly becoming one of the most fun ways to spend a night out in Brooklyn. Backed by the Fiendish Thingies, a rotating cast of pickers and singers in their own right, Murphy has spent the last three years making believers of non-country fans in South Brooklyn and beyond. Steel guitar, upright bass, and bluegrass harmony abound, but are mere window dressing for Murphy's impressive arsenal of pop-flavored country originals and choice standard honky-tonk and bluegrass numbers.
Bennett Sullivan
Bennett Sullivan
Bennett Sullivan is a professional banjo player and guitarist performing, teaching, writing, and recording music in Brooklyn, NY. He hails from the rolling hills of North Carolina, where he studied with banjo masters Craig Smith and Jens Kruger. For a brief period of time after high school, Bennett performed on Carnival Cruise Lines as a guitarist in the showband, then attended the New School for Jazz in New York City. Bennett left the New School in 2010, to pursue the NYC music scene. He has performed with bands such as the Birdhive Boys, Six Deadly Venoms, Astrograss, the Tres Amigos, Brianna Thomas, Sam Reider, Rana Santacruz, PartyFolk, The Broken Stares, The Dive Bar Dukes and several others.

Currently, Bennett is working on his solo project, which features original bluegrass music performed by virtuosic musicians. The band is Rob Hecht on fiddle, Ross Martin on guitar, and Pat Falco on bass.
Melody Allegra Band
Melody Allegra Band
Award winning fiddler Melody Allegra Berger has been playing violin since the age of five and is classically trained in both violin and voice. She fell in love with bluegrass/old time music around 8 years ago and has been raising a ruckus in the NYC area ever since, branching out into all manner of folk genres. You can hear Melody's fiddling on Season 2 Episode 5 of House of Cards, in a scene where she also coached an actor to look like he was playing.

In addition to regularly playing at regional favorites, Melody has gotten to rock out at places like the top of Rockefeller Center, the Lincoln Center Atrium, Joe's Pub, The Bell House and the renowned Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.

www.melodyallegra.com Expect smokin' fiddlin' and gritty soulful vocals.
Alex Mallet Band
Alex writes new old-timey songs of love, heartbreak, youth lost/gained and of words that make the soul search and yearn. He plays banjo, double bass and guitar performing with friends who make the music come to life on record and stage.
Astograss Plays John Hartford
Astrograss, a progressive bluegrass band formed in Brooklyn in 2003, will perform a special set of John Hartford music. John Hartford (1937-2001), the Father of Newgrass music, was a prolific bluegrass musician and composer, known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics, unique vocal style, and extensive knowledge of Mississippi River lore. Hartford recorded more than 30 albums, ranging across a broad spectrum of styles—from the traditional country of his early RCA recordings, to the new and experimental sound of his early newgrass recordings, to the traditional folk style to which he often returned later in his life. Since 2007, members of Astrograss have produced the Annual John Hartford Tribute Night, bringing together 40+ musicians from the bluegrass community each year to pay tribute to this seminal figure in music history.
Seth Kessel
Seth Kessel is a New York City-born, Brooklyn-bred traveling
troubadour. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician. While having a wide-spread professional music career with notable success, his focus lies in the interpretation of pre-1950′s American music, particularly jazz, folk, country, finger-picking blues and bluegrass. With an extensive repertoire and a deepseated knowledge of music, Seth is able to churn out his own creative spin and genre-fusing original works. Songs that seem all too relevant and brand new give a perfect blend of past, present and future. As a professional musician, Seth has toured the United States and Europe extensively playing original music on guitar, electric bass and vocals. Playing festivals at stadiums, concert halls and clubs. In New York City alone, he has had the pleasure of playing BB Kings in Times Square, the original main stage at the Knitting Factory, the original CBGB’s among hundreds of other bars and clubs. In August 2011, Seth formed his main project, Seth Kessel and the Two Cent Band. a five-piece, genre-bending jazz band whose vast repertoire includes everything from Prohibition-era swing and gypsy jazz to a modern take on 1950s rock ‘n’ roll. The band is rounded out with vibrant horns (Gabriel Yonkler on tenor and soprano saxophone; Jackson Hardaker on trombone) and a nuanced rhythm section (Jason Bertone on upright bass; Yaeir Heber on drums and percussion). Live performances often incorporate special guests on fiddle, clarinet, mandolin, accordion, piano, and more. The band is based in Brooklyn but plays regularly both in and outside of New York City to a devoted fan base. In the Golden Days is their debut album released in October 2013.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/