STAFF & LOCALS HOLIDAY PARTY
A little rock n roll never killed anybody.
Hailing from Baltimore, Md The Dirty Grass Players have established themselves with one toe-tappin’ foot in traditional bluegrass and blazing musicianship that pushes boundaries. Comprised of Josh Ballard on Bass, Alex Berman on Banjo, Ben Kolakowski with the guitar, and Ryan Rogers on mandolin, this four piece is successfully bringing their growing fan base a down, dirty and heated performance. Their ability to seamlessly transition from downhome bluegrass to spirited improvisation makes each performance unique. Throw in some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock and you’ll quickly understand what they mean by Dirty Grass. Their self-titled debut CD The Dirty Grass Players captures this energy and as 2017 winner of Charm City Bluegrass & Folk Festival Band Competition clearly indicates, this is just the beginning. Successfully touring the Mid-Atlantic and festival appearances, this year finds the group expanding along the East Coast and building on this momentum. For anyone that enjoys a musical throwdown by skilled musicians its time to get your grass dirty.
Patt “Big Bottom” Knapp – Bass
Alex “Gonzo” Palilonis – Drums
Matt “Teach” Wiley – Guitar
The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina is a completely original and unique alternative rock trio currently residing in New York City. The uncommon act is the brainchild of songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Ryan Shivdasani. Due to such a wide variety of musical styles exhibited by the band, it is difficult to categorize the music and songwriting into one definitive genre and style. Instead, as an avant-garde artist, Shivdasani prefers to refer to his artistry as an eclectic mix, which he considers to be psychedelic and experimental rock (experimental neo-psychedelia, psychedelic art rock, fusion, and avant-psychedelia).
The trio consists of Shivdasani, assuming the lead role, and a new line-up of two other accomplished musicians; Sal A. Mander on drums, and Daryl Chen on bass. The original two accompanying musicians are Danny Wolf on drums, and Jack Redford on bass. All of the musicians have a complete understanding of Shivdasani’s musical direction which enhances the overall sound.
Ryan was born in New York and grew up in Northern California. He studied at Cal Arts majoring in classical and jazz guitar. While pouring his heart into songwriting, he gigged around Los Angeles, learning more and more about the music business. However, it’s not the business end of music that Shivdasani enjoys, or even knows much about. His mindset is focused on the art of music. If not for that, he probably wouldn’t be involved in it at all. Ryan considers the music industry and business to be the biggest challenge of his career. After his LA music experiences, Ryan moved back to New York where he formed The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina.
Shivdasani is inspired by “anyone that’s good”, as he puts it. Humbled by the New York jazz scene, he feels that jazz artists are essentially the top-level musicians, while maintaining a great deal of respect for rock and pop musicians. Growing up, he was a huge Hendrix and Zeppelin fan. He was also crazy about funk and soul music — basically everything from the 60s. He describes the band’s “sounds-like” category as something between late 60s psychedelia (like Cream and Hendrix), melodic songwriting and arrangement (like The Beatles), and funky pocket playing (like The Headhunters). There are also more contemporary elements, like Chili Peppers, Beck, Nirvana, Radiohead, or Tame Impala, even if that’s not really modern anymore”.
The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina’s new album “ACT 3” was released in late April of 2018. The official music video is forthcoming. The CD can be purchased at the group’s Bandcamp site, CDbaby, iTunes, and other online music distribution portals.
Yippee! Our favorite boys in The Burns are joining us at John and Peter’s! We looooove The Burns. This is gonna be good ol’ fashioned time with some good ol’ fashioned modern classic music! NO COVER
New Jersey Blues Hall-of-Famer Eryn Shewell headlines a great night of music that also features Asbury Park staples Deirdre Forrest and Katherine Quintana as well as Mint 400 Records artist aBIRD.
Doors at 7p
Music starts at 8p