Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Front Country
Friday, August 8, 2014, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

contemporary bluegrass doubleheader

$17 advance / $19 door

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Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenFrank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen stir the pot with a recipe that offers a smorgasbord of musical sounds, combining multiple layers of spicy instrumentals, tasty songwriting, and delicious lead and harmony vocals. In other words, the band cooks. “This newgrass / bluegrass foursome,” says the Irish Times, “spirals through skin-tight banjo picking, razor-sharp mandolin, and jazz-tinged concentric circles – all with a degree of control that balances technical precision and improvisational virtuosity.” Frank grew up in Alaska and spent six years performing with the U.S. Navy’s premier country-bluegrass band, Country Current. When he and the Dirty Kitchen band released their self-titled debut album, it made Best of 2010 lists from coast to coast. Their second album, On the Edge, hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Magazine bluegrass chart. Bluegrass Today called the album “spectacular.” Their new album, Cold Spell, is already making listeners hungry for more. With Frank on mandolin, Danny Booth on bass, and International Bluegrass Music Association award-winners Mike Munford on banjo and Chris Luquette on guitar, this quartet, according to Engine 145, is “one of the most exciting bands in bluegrass today.”


Front CountryFront Country, with some of the Bay Area’s finest young bluegrass players, won the RockyGrass band competition in 2012 and the Telluride band competition in 2013, and this year they’ve released a debut EP, This Is Front Country, and are about to release a full-length album. The band features Adam Roszkiewicz on mandolin, Jacob Groopman on guitar, Jordan Klein on banjo, Leif Karlstrom on fiddle, Zach Sharpe on bass, and Melody Walker on guitar and lead vocals. Melody just won the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and Adam earned a Grammy nomination for his work with the Modern Mandolin Quartet. With impressive musicianship and infectious enthusiasm, this is a band that sizzles and swings. They play beautifully crafted originals and the occasional well-chosen cover, with a catchy version of Bruce Hornsby’s “The Way It Is” on the EP. One listen, and you’ll want to hear more. That’s just the way it is.


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