Things have been quiet for a piece, but there’s some stretching and yawning going on… might even make some coffee soon. For one thing, Matt will be joining Ed Helms and our good buddies, The Lonesome Trio on May 4th for The Whiskey Sour Hour. (Is it our long lost twin?) It’s part of a whole big fat weekend of bluegrass and comedy at the most unlikeliest of places: http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com/festival/
Rejected album cover illustration for my friend Noam Pikelny’s upcoming banjo album.
Me: So? What do you think?
Noam: Why am I picking my nose?
Me: You’re a bluegrass musician.
Noam: Good point… Hm. I don’t know. To be honest with you, I don’t really think it looks much like me.
Me: Why not?
Noam: I’m not left-handed.
The theater was packed to the gills to see twelve amazing bands compete in our Second Battle of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Bands. Congratulations to our winners…
Audience Choice: The Defibulators
3rd Place: The Gold Top County Ramblers
2nd Place: Do it to Julia
1st place: The Dive Bar Dukes
Get your tickets to the Battle of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Bands right now at www.theatre80.net or call 212-388-0388.
Thanks to all the bluegrassish bands who submitted. We had an amazing group to choose from. Here’s the list of twelve selected bands in no particular order:
The 2nd Avenue Mountain Boys
Alex Battles & The Whiskey rebellion
The Dive Bar Dukes
Michaela Anne Band
Do It To Julia
The Young Spokes
Gold Top County Ramblers
Very excited to announce that our friends at Dunlop Guitars are sending over a bunch of pickin’ goodies to give to all our competing bands!
check them out at www.jimdunlop.com
As a closet banjo picker, I’ve tried for years to get The New Yorker to bite on a banjo gag. This one finally made it in.
Presenting our first ever Steam Powered Hour promo spot!
In April, The Steam Powered Hour welcomes back Citigrass, winners of this year’s Battle of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Bands. Also, more bluegrass goodness with Thomas Bailey and the Aristocrats, a story by The New Yorker staff writer Mark Singer and cartoonist Zachary Kanin. Plus, illustrator Lara Tomlin. Hosted as usual by New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee.
April 11th, 8pm
Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe
236 East 3rd Street Between Ave B & C
New York City
Tickets are $15 on the night or $10 in advance at www.nuyorican.org
Check out the invite on Facebook, too, if you like.,