Deadgrass: A String Band Adventure Through Jerry Garcia's Musical World + Yarn

Deadgrass: A String Band Adventure Through Jerry Garcia's Musical World + Yarn

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Turk and Grammy award winner C Lanzbom have joined forces to form Deadgrass, an acoustic five piece band that celebrates the music of Jerry Garcia.

Web music authority All Music Guide, calls Matt Turk " artist to be reckoned with." Matt is a seasoned recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, eternal idealist and compassionate peace loving realist. Based out of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Matt is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world. He has shared the stage with Pete Seeger and opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Fiona Apple, the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and more. He has performed throughout the USA, Europe, Israel and the Caribbean, appearing at festivals including Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, Gathering of the Vibes, Atlanta's Music Midtown, Jazz at Lincoln Center and venues including The Beacon Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl.

Grammy award winner C Lanzbom has spent years as a studio and touring guitarist. Well traveled in the Middle East, C absorbed Israel-Arabic musical rhythms of the region, fusing these ancient tones with the rock and roll he grew up with along the Jersey shore. C's performing, writing, engineering and producing credits include his own internationally acclaimed band Soulfarm, American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox, Shlomo Carlbach, and Pete Seeger with Bruce Springsteen. C also has numerous television and film song placements. When not touring, C runs and owns Sherwood Ridge Studio, a state-of-the-art recording facility just north of New York City. C brings his unique sound around the world and his affection and passion for Jerry Garcia's music has been a major influence.

Fiddler Clarence Ferrari is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator who has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, including appearances at the Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Space, specializing in Celtic and Bluegrass fiddle. Clarence has performed on dozens of records, television shows and films including “The Astronaut Farmer” and appeared alongside many well-known performers including Pete Seeger, Roland White and Rosanne Cash.

Bassist Dave Richards has recorded and performed with The Indigo Girls, Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, Buster Poindexter, Madeline Peyroux, Jewel, Richie Havens and others. He has toured throughout Europe, Canada and the US, appearing at Ottawa Jazz, Toronto Blues festival and Austin City Limits festivals. Born in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 17 he was playing jazz five nights a week in Orlando, Florida with Billy Peebles, the drummer for Ray Charles on many classic Atlantic recordings. Dave lives with his wife, singer-songwriter, Jane Kelly Williams and daughter in Northern NJ .

Banjo player Russell Gottlieb brings a wistful and propulsive sound to the banjo by drawing on influences ranging from rock to jazz and bluegrass to minimalism, without adhering too closely to stereotypes. Russell has toured extensively in the US as a founding member of the New Jersey based The Brummy Brothers, appearing at the Gathering of the Vibes, Catskill Chill, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Brooklyn Bowl, Nectar's, and World Cafe Live, opening for Melvin Seals and JGB, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, and Leftover Salmon, to name a few. Additionally, Russell has worked on several studio recordings as a leader and sideman and continues to perform with various groups in the greater NYC and Philadelphia areas.
You might expect a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two. “that’s
what we do, we tell stories, live and in the studio, truth and fiction” singer/songwriter Blake
Christiana insists. “We don’t always opt for consistency. There’s a different vibe onstage from
what comes through in our recordings. There’s a difference in every show as well, you never
know what you’re going to get.”

It’s with that in mind that Yarn has announced a series of singles that will be digitally released
on the 13th of every month beginning in January and continuing throughout the year. Each
“single” will include an “A side”, a “B side” and an exclusive alternate version of one of the
songs. Naturally, there’s no better name for the project than “Lucky 13.”

“These are essentially road stories,” Christiana says. “There’s an overriding theme that links
these songs in a very broad sort of way, but again, the stories are not to be taken literally. The
intention was to share the feeling of what it’s like to spend time traveling from city to city, with
all the unlikely experiences that can be encountered along the way.

“People always ask us to tell them road stories,” singer-guitarist Rod Hohl adds. “While this
batch of songs aren’t exactly literal road stories, most deal with some degree of adventure and
adversity as inspired by our tours and treks around the country. Yet like any good story, there’s
an imaginative element to it as well. That’s why we’ve decided to release alternate versions of
some of the tracks, to provide a glance at the oddities that exist just beyond sight...”

The titles of these tracks summarize the stories at a glance. Hohl describes “Sioux City,” “Road
Less Traveled” and “Hurricane” as adventure stories as seen from the perspective of the road.
“Too Young” re-imagines that road as an analogy, the highway of life. “Weary,” as the title implies, describes the toll taken by that seemingly endless journey. However, there’s also hope on the horizon; “Heaven in You” suggests that there is an oasis out there somewhere. “Promised Land” and “American Dream” offer a reason why one might choose to embark upon that sojourn in the first place.

Yarn has never been content to simply ride a wave and see where it takes them. Their last
album, This Is the Year, was celebratory in tone and boldly optimistic. A seamless blend of
vibrant, inspired, back porch melodies and narrative, descriptive lyrics, it detailed the challenges
one faces when life is jolted off its bearings and, in re-evaluating relationships, tough choices
must be made that sometimes skirting the rules. It was recorded in the aftermath of real-life
challenges that left the band splintered and unsure of their forward trajectory.

“We were dealing with real-life issues,” Christiana said at the time. “Broken relationships, a
sense of having to regroup and put some things -- and people -- behind us. That’s what I was writing about lyrically in the new songs and it became kind of a catharsis. Nothing was contrived. We didn’t have to relate to it in the third person. We were living these circumstances, and that gave us the impetus and inspiration to share our sentiments. Ultimately those setbacks and difficulties led to new opportunities and allowed a little light to shine through.”

Yarn’s ability to persevere ought to come as no great surprise, especially for a band that spent
two years honing their chops during a Monday night residency at the famed Kenny’s Castaway
in New York’s Greenwich Village. In effect, it allowed them to rehearse onstage, mostly in front
of audiences that often ranged in size from five to a hundred people on any given night. Five
studio albums followed -- Yarn (2007), Empty Pockets (2008), Come On In (2010), Almost Home (2012) and Shine the Light On (2013).

The band then took to the road, playing upwards of 170 shows a year and sharing stages with such superstars as Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, Marty Stuart, Allison Krauss, Leon Russell, Jim Lauderdale and The Lumineers. They performed at any number of prestigious venues -- Mountain Stage, Daytrotter, the Orange Peel in Asheville, the Fox Theater in Boulder, the 9:30 Club in D.C, South by Southwest, the Strawberry Festival, Rhythm and Roots, Meadowgrass, Floydfest and more, eventually surpassing 1,000 shows, half a million miles and performances in nearly every state. They’ve driven nonstop, made countless radio station appearances, driven broken-down RVs and watched as their van caught fire. They’ve paid their dues and then some, looking forward even as they were forced to glance behind.

Indeed, the accolades piled up quickly along the way. They have landed on the Grammy ballot 4
times, garnered nods from the Americana Music Association, placed top five on both Radio and
Records and the AMA album charts garnered airplay on Sirius FM, iTunes, Pandora, CNN, and
CMT, and also accorded the “Download of the Day” from Rolling Stone. Shine the Light On
found shared songwriting credits with John Oates (the Oates of Hall & Oates fame), and when
audiences expressed their admiration, it brought the band a populist following of diehard
devotees, popularly known as “the Yarmy.”

As odd as that might seem, it’s proof positive that the Brooklyn and Raleigh based band -- which
is currently comprised of Blake Christiana, Rod Hohl, bassist Rick Bugel, and drummer Robert
Bonhomme -- have made their mark, and in dealing with their emotions, scars, and circumstances, they find themselves in a position to share those experiences with others who
have juggled similar sentiments.

Then again, one needn’t take them at their word. When one unravels Yarn, it’s best to add one’s
own interpretations.
Bonehart Flannigan
Bonehart Flannigan (a.k.a Jon Dell) is a hairy animal from the Great Plains. Wild, mangy, and reckless, he can often as not be found drunk on fermented grain and howling his blues at the moon. Currently based in Brooklyn, Bonehart Flannigan released his sophomore album, American Mayhem, in 2018, exploring such weighty topics as war, addiction, bowling, and the complications of growing up adopted, all while maintaining a distinct gallows humor. That his songs can tread the line between pain and blissful jubilance is a testament to Dell’s deftness as a storyteller and his unique sensibilities as a songwriter. Having been in bands since his early teens, he has played hundreds of shows coast to coast, sharing the stage with artists such as BJ Barham, Charley Crockett, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Brothers Comatose, and many others. Bonehart Flannigan is preparing for a deluge of tour dates in 2019. Keep a weather eye open.
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Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249

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