We continue our For Pete's Sake tradition again this year with guest host and curator Chris Funk of The Decemberists. Each day on the Museum Stage, we will honor the traditions of bluegrass, gospel and roots music, to which Pete and Toshi Seeger dedicated their lives. The format is a mix of workshops, live performances and lectures.
FRIDAY JULY 26, 2019
KYLE CRAFT & Showboat Honey
There is this curious equilibrium to existence: In order to create balance, the universe must giveth, and the universe must taketh. Kyle Craft, along with his now solidified backing band dubbed Showboat Honey, know this all too well. And this is why their self-titled album, the contemplative yet restless Showboat Honey (Sub Pop Records, July 12th, 2019) reflects that sturm und drang. “This is basically an album centered around bad luck and good fortune hitting at the same time,” Craft explains “Then, out of nowhere, I find love. Everything went to shit except that. I guess that’s how life works.”
Yonatan Gat & THE Eastern Medicine Singers
Yonatan Gat is a genre all to his own. The NYC composer was featured prominently in the NY Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Nowness, The Wire, SPIN, Uncut, VICE, NPR and more. Exclaim described Gat’s performances as “a master class in genre-defying improvisation, allowing the audience to see every move in exquisite detail.” In 2013, The Village Voice voted him “Best Guitarist in New York”. His billboard-charting sophomore LP, 2018’s Universalists was a psychedelic opus that PopMatters called “a bold new idea on what to do with rock”. Upon its release, Gat introduced the career-redefining performance of Medicine, which features up to 9 musicians and integrates the hypnotic drumming and chants of mysterious Algonquin pow wow group the Eastern Medicine Singers into a collaborative powerhouse hellbent on further redefining the concert experience.
Henry Diltz is an extraordinary rock n roll photographer unlike any other. A founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet, Diltz is as much at home as a musician on tour, as he is a visual historian of the last four decades of popular music. The rapport he’s developed with his musician friends, along with his down-to-earth-grin and frequent laugh, enables him to capture the candid shots that convey a rare feeling of trust and intimacy with his subjects. For over 40 years, his work has graced hundreds of album covers and has been featured in books, magazines and newspapers. His unique artistic style has produced powerful photographic essays of Woodstock; The Monterey Pop Festival; The Doors; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Jimi Hendrix and scores of other legendary artists. Diltz continues his distinguished career, generating new and vibrant photographs that inspire the rock n’ roll fan in each of us.
Though he picked up his first guitar at just 8 years old, it wasn’t until 2011 that Bill Scorzari was able to give his artistry the attention it deserves. The passing of Bill’s father and role model, opened a new chapter – one that required a giant leap towards pursuing a passion that had long been tucked away but which was always in his heart. The three albums (and their titles) that were created thereafter, represent the narrative and catharsis of his journey: past, present and future. Bill Scorzari’s sound is gritty, raw and downright sad. His songs transition through a multitude of emotions and themes centered on capturing the experience of the human condition. Of his music, some say it’s spoken word, and others, an amalgamation of the voice of Tom Waits, the delivery of Sam Baker and the soul of Kris Kristofferson.
SATURDAY JULY 27, 2019
Lankum are a four-piece group from Dublin, Ireland with an alchemical ability to combine traditional folk roots with contemporary undercurrents to forge music that is dark, mysterious and transcendental. Comprising brothers Ian Lynch (uillean pipes, tin whistle, vocals), Daragh Lynch (vocals, guitar) alongside Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle) and Radie Peat (harmonium, accordion, vocals), Lankum channel a diverse set of influences and histories to create a beautifully rare thing: a songbook from and for the people. Born of years criss-crossing Dublin’s folk, squat and experimental scenes, their two albums Cold Old Fire and Rough Trade debut Between The Earth and Sky (2017) breath new life into ancient/modern rituals with urban punk fervour, rural psycho-geography and, underpinning it all, the eternal drone of the uilleann pipes.
Awaaz Do (which means “speak up” in Urdu/Hindi) is an American rock band based in Boston. The band draws on South Asian sonic traditions, instrumentation and languages to for its unique and genre-transcending sound. Originally conceived in 2013 as a one-night-only punk rock Bollywood project, Awaaz Do has since evolved and released two studio albums, performed on local, festival and museum stages in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and D.C., and received an Iguana Music Fund award from Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.
An instrumental music ensemble hailing from Boston, MA (USA), Esthema has been creating their unique sound since 2006 by fusing progressive rock and jazz-fusion with the sounds of the traditional music of the Balkan region and the Near & Middle East. The musicians that shape the sound of Esthema bring together both western and eastern influences, instruments, and concepts creating a musical tapestry that transcends musical genres and cultures.
Somewhere between what you've loved and what you've lost lives the sweetest form of nostalgia. Paige Calico's songs take you just to that space. Harmonies that hold you in the safe arms of love with lyrics that make you question how long that feeling will last. From growing up a Jersey girl, to living in a Chevy Coachman, to her solo journey across the country and finding her new home of Los Angeles, Calico takes you on a journey with her music. Paige's debut solo EP "Crying Diamonds" is made up of six delicately crafted songs combining dark, catchy folk with tones of etherial choral pop. Her Sophomore collection of songs support her sultry, smoky voice with shimmering guitars, vibey synths, and a touch of dirt and grit. Calico is currently in the studio working on a new record and dipping her toes into a world that marries vintage to modern sound.
SUNDAY JULY 28, 2019
Cimarrón performs joropo music from the Plains of the Orinoco River with a global and contemporary sound. Their powerful scenic force achieves a unique blend of its Andalusian, Indigenous American and African roots, with an soulful ethnic singing, amazing foot-stomping dance and fierce instrumental virtuosity of strings and percussions.
Known throughout the art world for his found-object sculptures, paintings, and installations, American artist Lonnie Holley gained a new audience when he started releasing and performing his music during the 2010s. Entirely improvised and impossible to categorize, his free-flowing compositions include stream-of-consciousness lyrics delivered in his deeply expressive, world-worn bellow. He never performs a song more than once; for his performances, he'll write down a list of titles serving as subject matter, but the content is entirely different each time. His debut album, 2012's Just Before Music, was his first studio recording, following several years' worth of home recordings unheard by the general public. Following its release, Holley began touring with musicians such as Bill Callahan, Deerhunter, and Animal Collective, in addition to making more collaborative studio albums, including 2018's politically charged MITH.
The coming together of Rebecca Marie Miller & Joy Pearson as Portland, Oregon’s Lenore., is serendipitous, to say the least. After individually hitting rock bottom — Pearson following a divorce & Miller after a period of destitution in LA — the pair separately turned to songwriting in the search for a still point in their turning worlds. After years of lending their abilities to other projects, they finally found themselves spinning on the same axis when a chance meeting sparked an immediate connection. A drunken night ensued & before they’d even scoped each other’s material, they'd committed.