PFS & BGS PRESENT: ‘GREAT GRASS WEEKEND’
BLUEGRASS SHOWS THIS DEC 5, 7 & 8!
(NOV 25, 2019 - PHILADELPHIA) The Philadelphia Folksong Society is thrilled to team up with The Bluegrass Situation to present our very first “GREAT GRASS WEEKEND,” featuring an exciting lineup of three bluegrass acts over one weekend in December. The Great Grass Weekend begins with Molsky's Mountain Drifters, on Thursday, Dec 5, at 8pm; Hank, Pattie & the Current, take the stage Saturday, Dec 7, at 8pm; and on Sunday, Dec 8, catch Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio show, which begins at 7:30pm. PFS and BGS are offering hard to resist pricing for all three shows.
The three bluegrass acts PFS and BGS are presenting are top notch. The first show, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, a Grammy-nominated trio, consisting of Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones); Allison de Groot, one of Canada's top clawhammer banjo players; and Boston-based Stash Wyslouch, one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. On Saturday night, bluegrass ambassadors Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw are backed by an all-star band comprised of North Carolina musicians Jonah Freedman on bass and vocals, Billie Feather on guitar, and Robert Thornhill on mandolin and vocals - together they are Hank, Pattie & The Current. The third act, Sunday evening, is a trio of musicians who have vibrant solo careers, as well as multifaceted musical collaborations under their belts, Joe K. Walsh, Grant Gordy, and Danny Barnes are the Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio.
Join us for these three incredible bluegrass concerts honoring the genre's past, celebrating its present, and embracing its future with the Philadelphia Folksong Society and the Bluegrass Situation. Attend all three concerts or pick two for our first-ever GREAT GRASS WEEKEND! A ticket, for PFS members, to all three shows is only $25.00, and for PFS not-yet-members $30.00, pricing details are below. Tickets are available for purchase here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pfs-and-the-bluegrass-situation-present-great-grass-weekend-tickets-83330081517:
PFS Great Grass Weekend Member* Ticket $25.00
PFS Great Grass Pick 2 Member Ticket $20.00
Great Grass Weekend Not-Yet-Member Ticket $30.00
PFS Great Grass Pick 2 Not-Yet-Member Ticket $25.00
PFS Great Grass Weekend Youth Ticket (12 & under) $10.00
Event on facebook is here →https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pfs-and-the-bluegrass-situation-present-great-grass-weekend-tickets-8333008151
The Philadelphia Folksong Society continues to present world class folk artists at our PFS Venue in Roxborough, PA. This beautiful PFS space is a hub for all things Folk in Philadelphia, and the GREAT GRASS WEEKEND series showcases these performers at our intimate venue. Our PFS staff scours the globe to bring the very finest in folk music, not just to the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, but offering fabulous music year ‘round, in our home, located at 6156 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128.
Our shows are open to all ages and our venue is accessible to all.
PFS Presents: Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Thursday, December 5, 2019, doors 7:30pm, music at 8pm. An Individual show ticket is $10 for Members *While Supplies Last* | $12 Not-Yet-Members | $15 at the door OR purchase a GREAT GRASS WEEKEND pass for all 3, or pick two shows, all pricing and ticket options for advance purchase here →https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pfs-and-the-bluegrass-situation-present-great-grass-weekend-tickets-83330081517
About Molsky’s Mountain Drifters – Tradition steeped in possibility.
Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song, Molsky is bringing his new trio to Philadelphia. Bruce’s previous collaborations, with Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik. You can also hear Bruce on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions singing with Joan Osborne, Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas. Bruce is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program.
Allison de Groot combines wide-ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Tønder Festival in Denmark. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio.
Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass, Merlefest, Savannah Music Festival and others. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops.
Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni0mxwpu6iA
PFS Presents: Hank, Pattie & The Current
Saturday, December 7, 2019. Doors open at 7:30pm, music begins at 8pm. Tickets are $10 for Members *While Supplies Last* | $12 Not-Yet-Members | $15 at the door OR purchase a GREAT GRASS WEEKEND pass for all 3, or pick two shows, all pricing and ticket options for advance purchase here → https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pfs-and-the-bluegrass-situation-present-great-grass-weekend-tickets-83330081517
About Hank, Pattie & The Current
Bluegrass ambassadors Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw join forces once again with their original and energetic new soulgrass band, Hank and Pattie. Hank and Pattie take traditional bluegrass and infuse it with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including Latin and Jazz, which adds up to an authentic and unique reflection of American music. While some of the music sounds old school and some sounds fresh and new, their overall musicianship, vocal harmonies, impassioned delivery and innovative arrangements captivate all generations of music lovers.
Hank and Pattie are backed by an all-star band comprised of North Carolina musicians Jonah Freedman on Bass and vocals, Billie Feather on guitar, and Robert Thornhill on mandolin and vocals.
Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1CfCJ6OKdo
PFS PRESENTS: Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio
Sunday, December 8, 2019, doors open at 7:00pm, music starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 for Members *While Supplies Last* | $15 Not-Yet-Members | $18 at the doors OR purchase a GREAT GRASS WEEKEND pass for all 3, or pick two shows, all pricing and ticket options for advance purchase here → https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pfs-and-the-bluegrass-situation-present-great-grass-weekend-tickets-83330081517
About Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio
In the world of bluegrass and folk, where the collaborative possibilities are endless, what draws some musicians together is hard to pinpoint. For Joe K. Walsh, Grant Gordy, and Danny Barnes, a newly formed bi-coastal trio, curiosity is the rule, and tunes are just a starting point. “We approach every tune with an open attitude everyday. There’s a sort of tacit undiscussed flexibility that we all honor when we play together”, explains Walsh. For three musicians who have vibrant solo careers, as well as multifaceted musical collaborations under their belts, the trio has sparked a new level of creative inspiration, a venue to push and pull, learning and speaking with one another through improvisation. “We are in some ways three very different musical pieces, but the thing that unites us is a deep respect and affinity for anybody who is improvising,” says Walsh. The trio is anchored by banjo player and singer/songwriter Danny Barnes. Barnes is best known as the frontman of the Bad Livers, for his collaborations with Dave Matthews and Bill Frisell, and as the 2015 winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. He is an innovative banjo player and songwriter originally from Texas whose solo album “Pizza Box”, garnered him a sort of cult following, and led Sam Bush to describe him as “The Great American Un-Sung Hero”. The elder of the group, Barnes brings an element of fierce individuality to the trio, with wisdom-infused vocals and straightforward, no nonsense banjo picking.
Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JZ4uKFL268
TICKETS to ALL SHOWS: The full “PFS Presents:” schedule of shows is below and we invite you to join the Facebook events. Tickets are available for purchase to all shows via Eventbrite, HERE.
“PFS FALL INTO FOLK” 2019 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
GREAT GRASS WEEKEND: Molsky's Mountain Drifters, Thur, Dec 5, at 8pm
GREAT GRASS WEEKEND: Hank, Pattie & the Current, Sat, Dec 7, at 8pm
GREAT GRASS WEEKEND: Barnes, Gordy, Walsh, Sun, Dec 8, at 7:30pm
PFS Presents: PFS Presents Driftwood Soldier and Greg Klyma Sat, Dec 14 at 8pm
PFS Presents: PFS December Monthly Concert with Mike McKenna Jr, Fri, Dec 20 at 8pm
About the PFS Venue
Our space is an architecturally renovated storefront on bustling Ridge Avenue, amid local shops and eateries and easily accessible by car or public transit from both the Greater Philadelphia area and Center City. A cozy and intimate venue, PFS is a listening room and gathering space that feels like home.
The main floor of PFS is accessible to wheelchairs, including the first floor restroom. There is a short step to access the front retail space, but this is not required to enter or move about the venue. To ensure we can accommodate storage of large mobility aids for a given performance or event, please call the PFS moved into third floor offices at 6156 Ridge Avenue in 2017. The space was in need of renovation and overhaul to transform into a performance venue, and its unique character can be attributed to the thoughtful deference to its original details while facilitating a stage, sound system, and of course a comfortable space for audiences.
PFS is grateful for all the work by many, many hands that have lovingly brought this special place to life. PFS looks forward to presenting music in Philadelphia’s home for all things Folk.
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About Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS):
The Philadelphia Folksong Society, or PFS, is a non-profit organization committed to increasing access to folk music and related forms of expression. PFS presents concerts and musical education events all year, including the 59th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, which occurs Aug 13-16, 2020. Most concerts and events are low or no cost thanks to the generous support of many donors, and all revenue is reinvested into the organization to make the concerts, events, and educational programs happen. PFS is actively developing numerous access programs and scholarships, and welcomes your support in this endeavor to make sure folk music is for all. Please visit PFS.org for updates on new programs, “like us on facebook, “follow” us on twitter or instagram @folksongsociety.