Get set to stomp, clap, shake and holler with a triple bill that's
the hottest Americana/Roots/Bluegrass music concert tours on the road today!
Join 2013 festival faves Hurray for the Riff Raff as they team up with
bluegrass firebrands Spirit Family Reunion and The Deslondes to deliver one soul-stirring
night of down home music to the Biltmore.
Catch the only Western Canadian date on their North American tour.
Here are three astonishing young groups on the crest of a new wave of roots
music that breathes in tradition, and exhales a fresh, authentic and
soul-filled sound. Come listen, dance and sing along!
for the Riff Raff
Hurray for the
Riff Raff's Alynda lee Segarra made a big impression even before she took the
stage at this year's festival - such was the pre-fest buzz about this Bronx-born
New Orleanian of Puerto Rican descent. Her rep preceded her, but she went on to
capture our attention with music that falls solidly into the Southern
American back porch revival tradition, yet is infused with a modern, eclectic
spirit, and a voice and style distinctly her own.
Her album, "Look Out Mama" reflects Segarra's exploration and interpretation of classic American
music, from Swamp Pop to Classic Country to Psychedelia and even Surf-Rock. A
lot of musical ground gets covered, with every song unified by Alynda's soulful
vocals and expert songwriting, and punctuated by cohort Yosi Perlstein's
If you caught Hurray at the
festival, we don't need to tell you here is something special. If you didn't,
don't miss your second chance!
"bluegrass rootsy songs, dripping with big harmonies,
and a huge abundance of twang...
remember to put on your boots so you can stomp and
clap along with songs that will have you dancing, swaying and hollering at the
top of your lungs..."
Spirit Family Reunion calls its sound "open-door gospel" - homegrown American music that makes you stomp, clap, shake and holler.
Ever since they started singing on the street corners and in the subway
stations of New York City, they invoke that old familiar feeling that was
almost lost, but is found and brand new again.
"Dusty acoustic guitars, wailing
fiddles and weeping accordions, with a woozy-yet-skintight rhythm section --
and topped off with burr-edged vocals that sound like they've been soaked in a
Mason jar for generations -- it's the type of music that blurs the line between
past and present so thoroughly, and so deftly, that time feels
irrelevant." - Paste Magazine "Best Of What's Next"
Less Honkin, More Tonkin! The Deslondes are an old country-blues,
early R&B, folk, gospel and honkytonk-influenced New Orleans-based quintet
whose songs conjure evocative references like "spooky, slow-smoked dustbowl
writing and performing, they combine elements of early Stax, Sun and Atlantic
records with the influence of a raw, stripped-down sound gleaned off Alan
Lomax's field recordings and the Mississippi Records catalogue.
They carry on the traveling country-troubadour tradition of their heroes Woody
Guthrie, Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley; their musical
production and vocal arrangements are inspired by the rhythmic, high energy,
and harmony-driven sounds of their other heroes, The Band and Allen Toussaint.
Tickets available online via thefestival.bc.ca now, or by phone at 604-602-9798.