Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day Two

Alex Battles Presents

Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day Two

Gangstagrass, Andy Friedman & The Other Failures, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Susquehanna Tool & Industrial Die Co., Aron Blue & the Bootleggers, Julia Haltigan

Friday · August 21, 2015

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day Two
Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day Two
The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival at The Bell House. A four day event hosted by Alex Battles and Linda Hill with DJ Honky Tonk Radio Girl.
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.
Andy Friedman & The Other Failures
Andy Friedman & The Other Failures
Andy Friedman is a visual artist, musician, illustrator, performance poet, and cartoonist. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children.

In 2001, Friedman self-published his first collection of pencil drawings, Polaroid photographs, and poetry called Drawings & Other Failures on his own City Salvage Records label. In 2002, Friedman left his job as the assistant to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to pursue a full-time art career. In addition to the occasional New Yorker cartoon sale and the work he received as a freelance editorial illustrator, Friedman made the bulk of his living touring the nation's music clubs, colleges, art museum theaters, and bars with his "Slideshow Poetry” performance. The show brought projections of the images from his book together with readings of his blues-inspired poetry and storytelling onstage. His second book of art and poetry, Future Blues, was published in 2004.

Friedman transitioned from “Slideshow Poet” to singer-songwriter in 2006 with the release of his debut album, Taken Man, which he recorded less than a year after picking up the guitar and singing for the first time in his life. As a musician, Friedman continued his relentless touring while meeting the demands of an illustration career that saw his work published in magazines, newspapers, and literary journals around the globe—The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, New York, The Atlantic, TIME, Newsweek, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Golf Digest, Marie Claire, Japan's Asahi Shimbun Globe, Canada's Globe & Mail, and The Times of London among them. He fulfilled many of his illustration deadlines from hotel rooms while on tour in support of his music. Friedman released two more albums, 2009’s Weary Things and 2011’s Laserbeams and Dreams before removing himself from the road in order to recover from a career-threatening repetitive stress injury to his drawing hand suffered as a result of overuse coupled with poor ergonomic working conditions and a general state of ill health after a decade on the road.
Your Ex-Girlfriends
Your Ex-Girlfriends
We are Your Ex-Girlfriends, an all-girl, all-blonde, country cover band based in New York City. Our sound is a cocktail of vocal harmonies, guitars, fiddle, piano, bass, steel, and drums, and we cover everything from Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton to Big Mama Thornton and Fine Young Cannibals, taking clever, sassy turns on familiar favorites. Our sound is high-heeled honky tonk–energetically country, but with plenty of bluegrass, blues, and good ol' rock and roll thrown into the mix.
The band pairs cowboy swagger and outlaw charm with Barbie looks and uptown class, and has a large and devoted NYC following. Your Ex-Girlfriends have played packed shows at Highline Ballroom, Hill Country, the Bell House, the Cutting Room, Mercury Lounge, and Rockwood Music Hall, and are also available for private events. We treat every show like a party, and with a variety of special guests bringing mandolins, dobros, harmonicas, and even a pair of spoons, spending an evening with Your Ex-Girlfriends has never been so much fun.

“Your Ex-Girlfriends put a rock ‘n’ roll spin on country music classics....these gals also push audience gender expectations, taking cowboy songs and cranking them to 11.”
— Max Yaeger, Brooklyn Paper

"A seriously butt-kicking, foot-stomping country band, with a name as memorable as they look and sound."
— Gary Field
Susquehanna Tool & Industrial Die Co.
Susquehanna Tool & Industrial Die Co.
Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. is the little trio with the big hillbilly sound. Well, their name's big at the very least. And, for nearly three years now, the "SIT & Die" boys, as they're known, have been producing a quality-built "Ballads, Boogies, & Blues", as says their motto, that's made the bottles bounce on the tables of some of New York City's swellest joints. Consisting of singing accompanied by the rhythm and "take-off" guitars and doghouse bass, the boys offer up a mix of not only original compositions, but also those of Rhythm & Blues, "rock-a-billy", and Country & Western artists that they just happen to like. They do their best to really put on a show, dress sharp as a tack, and are rarely (okay, never) at a loss for words when faced with an audience. In the end, won't you kindly consider SIT & Die Co. to satisfy your most exacting hillbilly music needs?
Aron Blue & the Bootleggers
Aron Blue & the Bootleggers
Aron Blue and the Bootleggers rock out, honkytonk style-- a little Loretta Lynn, a little AC/DC, with some Woody Guthrie thrown in on the side. Alone and with the Bootleggers, she has performed in Brooklyn and the East Village at venues such as The Stone, The Way Station, Jalopy Theater, Branded Saloon, and Parkside Lounge. She’s also performed at Montreal’s fabulous L’escalier.

"Rounding out the lineup are Aron Blue and the Bootleggers, a honky-tonk/rock hybrid. They’ve written Brooklyn-themed songs any local audience member can understand, like one with the lyric 'You know the G train, it won’t take you home till you’re almost gone.' Good to know, considering the Bell House is a few blocks from the G." - New York Times
Julia Haltigan
Julia Haltigan
A blonde bombshell with a rebel spirit, Julia Haltigan embodies the classic grit and style of the Lower East Side’s insurgent nature. Clad in leather, Julia’s dominating stage presence mesmerizes crowds. She uses her booming and soulful voice to draw the audience into her seductive embrace.

Born just off the Bowery and raised on the infamous Ludlow Street, Julia Haltigan is bold and unremitting. She’s a rare native New Yorker that can be found haunting the streets of a long lost grungy Empire City. Interview Magazine agrees, saying “Julia Haltigan’s timeless voice, look and persona make her something of a period piece. Her effervescent performances are also known to entrance entire crowds”. Julia spent her childhood going to rooftop parties at the Chelsea Hotel with her dad and spending her days at the iconic Sixth Street Specials motorcycle shop where she learned to ride before most people learned to drive. Its these unique experiences growing up in NY in the ‘80’s that make up the core of the young artist she is today.

Sultry and provocative with a hard edge, Julia’s music draws influences from artists across the board. Nancy Sinatra meets Joan Jett wrapped in a Bridgette Bardot package. Her music shares her experiences through unrelenting love songs full of nostalgic imagery and uncompromising strength. With a firm sense of freedom and empowerment, her songs take you on a fast ride cruising down winding roads in the heat of July. You can see the way to her heart but its wrapped in a barbed wire fence.

Her critically acclaimed 2012 album “My Green Heart” was followed up by her EP “Magneto”. The success of these two albums earned her a spot performing in the ASCAP Millenium showcase at the Kennedy Center. Her life-long love affair with motorcycles drew the attention of Discovery Channel’s producers who featured her on the hit show “Cafe Racer”. Julia stole the show at Chicago’s Motoblot festival, toured with The Waterboys and sang alongside Justin Townes Earle on the David Letterman Show. She’s opened for musical icons like Judy Collins and Steve Earle and has also shared the stage with Norah Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Gegory Alan Isokov, The Bogmen, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, Jack Antonoff, Lonnie Holley, Cory Chisel and more.

In addition to her solo project, Julia has teamed up with Scarlett Johansson, Kendra Morris and Holly Miranda to form “the Singles” who were produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. Julia has also been moonlighting as the slinky Jessica Rabbit inspired jazz crooner ‘Vivian Fairchild’ in the off-Broadway hit “Sleep No More”.

Full of raw talent Julia is paving her own way in the music world, bringing fans onboard by defining who she is and not being defined by the moment.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/