Saturday, December 2
It’s rare that we invite “country” singers to Fifth Street. Francesca Brown is a happy exception. And the one time we had a pedal steel guitarist here it was a smash hit, so Francesca is bringing her musical partner George Madrid to play steel. Just the two of them, spare, melodic, genuine and straight-ahead. Francesca’s music comes from her California roots and her Southwest affinities, her influences from Loretta Lynn and Randy Travis to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. She’s a great songwriter and has quite a voice. We’re really excited about this show. Listen to some tunes here.
Saturday, December 16
Sam Reider is a Latin GRAMMY-nominated accordionist, pianist and composer. His work combines diverse influences, from jazz and folk tunes to originals. His performances have been featured on NPR, PBS and the BBC. Reider has performed, recorded and collaborated with artists including Jon Batiste, Jorge Glem, Sierra Hull, Laurie Lewis, and Paquito d’Rivera. The genre-bending acoustic ensemble The Human Hands’ music ranges from a “mash-up of the the Klezmatics, Quintette du Hot Club de France and the Punch Brothers.” (Songlines Magazine). The New York Times calls it “modern folk music with saxophone and accordion.” The group has evolved into a ground-breaking instrumental collective featuring a cast of some of the brightest names in bluegrass, jazz and acoustic music. This show features Eddie Barbash (saxophone), Duncan Wickel (violin), Mark Schatz (bass) and Roy Williams (guitar). Check out these tunes.