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This Eddie Award-nominated stringband is the region’s premiere purveyor of historic American music. Tonight they’ll don Santa hats and invite you to step back in time to sing along with a seasonal program guaranteed to set your bells a-jingling! Expect bluegrass versions of classic carols, Robert Frost poems set to traditional melodies, plus Hannukkah tunes, forgotten topical gems and more!
This husband and wife duo pairs the intimacy and immediacy of ’90’s folk with the sonic explosion of ’60’s pop. Molly Venter (Red Molly) is a viscerally potent singer, à la Fiona Apple and Tracy Chapman, whose songwriting is redemptive and playful. Consummate musician and producer Eben Pariser (Roosevelt Dime), is a devotee of Ray Charles, Wes Montgomery, The Beatles and The Band . . .
Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, the Rough & Tumble, have been living on the road since 2015. Their relentless high spirits have made life in a 16′ camper shared by two 100-pound rescue dogs not only bearable but joyful. Their commanding stage presence and sharp banter, hooky melodies and heartstring lyrics have won this dumpster-folk/thriftstore Americana duo fans across the land.
Caffè Lena In the News
LIVE: RICHARD THOMPSON @ CAFFE LENA, 08/31/2022
By Michael Hochanadel for Nippertown — Even after seeing Richard Thompson charm more than 10,000 people on the outdoor Gentilly stage at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and hypnotize smaller crowds in much cozier spaces, the focused force of his music felt astounding at Caffe Lena Wednesday.
In the second of three sold-out solo shows, the singer-songwriter/guitarist played two of my big-three favorites: “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” and “Beeswing,” but not “Ghosts in the Wind.” That’s not a complaint; these two towering tunes did what they always do. “1952” wove a tender noir motorcycle murder-romance and “Beeswing” rued the love-versus-freedom paradox for peak pathos. Trusting the crowd, Thompson introduced several new songs; those worked well, too.
In fact, the show’s only rough spots were old songs whose lyrics he temporarily forgot. But he shrugged this off as confidently as he dismissed the awed applause for his “oh-my-GOD!” solo in the overdrive rocker “Valerie.”
Thompson took the measure of the capacity crowd right out of the box with “Walking on Stony Ground” – he said it was a tale of senior lust, correcting himself to “mature lust.”