Brooklyn Country Music Festival Peekaboo Opry with Van Hayride, Julia Haltigan, Aron Blue and the Bootleggers and DJ Honky Tonk Radio Girl

The Bell House and the Brooklyn Country Music Festival present:

Brooklyn Country Music Festival Peekaboo Opry with Van Hayride, Julia Haltigan, Aron Blue and the Bootleggers and DJ Honky Tonk Radio Girl

Saturday · June 13, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Alex Battles and Linda Hill host the BCMF Peekaboo Opry. More news and announcements coming soon for the upcoming 10th BCMF at The Bell House in August!

Van Hayride
Van Hayride
Van Hayride was originally conceived in the early 21st century as a countrified David Lee Roth era only, Van Halen tribute band. The band got weirder and weirder, playing around the NYC roots music scene, occasionally with Norah Jones sharing the bill in one of her underground projects.
David Lee Roth was working as an EMT in NYC and not in Van Halen at the time, he had sent word that he heard good things and was planning to see the band. A few months later, David Lee Roth released the bizarre, "Strummin' With The Devil", country versions of Van Halen songs... coincidence?
David Lee returned to Van Halen sometime after and Van Hayride disbanded as David was back to singing our favorite VH songs.

Van Hayride has reformed to search for good times and to cash in on the public's obsession with classic rock. The band plans to expand beyond the Van Halen repertoire and venture in to Black Sabbath, Metallica, AC/DC, Barry Manilow or anything else that strikes their fancy (including more original material about classic rock).

Van Hayride is not that concerned with sounding Country. Strange and amusing is really the focus these days.
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.
Aron Blue and the Bootleggers
Aron Blue and the Bootleggers
Aron Blue writes funny songs and likes to rock out, honkytonk style. Alone and with the Bootleggers, she has performed at NYC venues like The Stone, Tonic, Goodbye Blue Monday, Jimmy’s No. 43, Otto’s Shrunken Head, Grand Victory, CultureFix, and ConArtist. She’s also performed at Montreal’s fabulous L’escalier.

Aron has had her songs featured on Democracy Now and Wisconsin Public Radio WIEC, and scored the documentary Loan Shark in Your Living Room for IndyVideo. Her video Never Talk to Cops was featured and linked to by the nonprofit Flex Your Rights. In 2014, she was awarded Best Couch at Couch by Couchwest!
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215