Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced “SPITE-en DIE+vul”) show for the first time is like “throwing a cherry bomb into a lake” (Rich Warren, WFMT). It wakes you up. Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Lead by song-writing couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six piece powerhouse brings barn burning energy to venues throughout the East Coast and Midwest.
It’s an exciting time for the Hudson Valley based band. They have just released their third full length CD, “The Social Music Hour Vol 1”. A love letter to the Anthology of American Folk Music, the project features lyrically relevant, known but not worn out, open for suggestion songs that thrives with re-interpretation. Familiar, forgotten words find new meaning in this historically informed but thoroughly contemporary treatment. Old wood, plaster, real spaces, vintage guitars and hot tubes are captured in warm, analog tones by studio designer and engineer Jim Keller (Willie Nelson, Nellie McKay). Recorded by the full band (no click, no net), the tracks burst with life, joy and vitality.
A festival favorite, the band has played featured shows at Citi Field, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Musikfest, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Clearwater. 2016 finds the band heading to Florida to headline the South Florida Folk Festival, to Israel to headline the Jacob’s Ladder Festival along with a series of shows for the American Embassy, to Vermont for Roots On The River, to New York for Caramoor’s American Roots Music Festival, to Massachusetts for the New Bedford Folk Festival and to Long Island for The Great South Bay Music Festival.
Opening the evening is fiddler, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Hannah Rose Baker. Hannah currently makes her home in Somerville MA and she began studying classical violin as an elementary school student in Atlanta, Georgia. Four months spent in Ireland as a teen introduced her to traditional music, and she switched over to old time music in college. With degrees in music and anthropology, Hannah brings her knowledge of the history of traditional American music and its cultural significance to both her playing and teaching.
We are pleased to announce the return of Jill Sobule to Music at the Mansion. Jill played at our very first show in November 2013 and helped establish our concert venue, now in its 4th year.
Jill Sobule is a Denver-born singer, songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and gypsy. Over seven albums and nearly two decades of recording, Jill has mused on topics such as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence and the Christian right.
Her recording career began in 1990 with her debut album “Things Here are Different,” recorded by Todd Rundgren. Her 1995 self-titled album, “Jill Sobule,” yielded the hit songs “I Kissed A Girl” (the original) and “Supermodel.” Since then, she has continued to record, produce and tour with an ever-growing loyal fan base. Jill is considered a pioneer in crowd sourcing, with her 2009 fan-funded record, “California Years.” She continues to be at the forefront of exploring and creating new models for artists in an ever-changing changing music industry.
She’s performed with Neil Young, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Morello and Warren Zevon and inducted Neil Diamond into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. She can be seen live as a solo performer as well as the co-star of the “Jill & Julia Show,” an unusual and mesmerizing combination of song and storytelling in collaboration with comedian/actress Julia Sweeney. She also served as songwriter/composer for the hit Nickelodeon network show “Unfabulous” during that show’s three-season run. She composed the music for the off-Broadway show “Prozak and Platypus” and her songs have appeared in a multitude of films including “Mind the Gap,” in which Jill herself co-starred. She has been a political troubadour for NPR stations across America and most recently performed original music at the keynote session for Netroots Nation. Jill is a longtime participant as well as musical contributor at TED.
A veritable gypsy, Jill divides her time between a busy touring schedule and a variety of other projects. The recently released “A Day at the Pass” finally captures an ongoing collaboration between Jill and John Doe (from the iconic punk band X) and was recorded live at The Pass studio on one fine day in Los Angeles. She is currently recording her next record, “Dottie’s Charm’s” – a collaboration between her and 11 of her favorite authors, including: Rick Moody, David Hajdu and Jonathan Lathem, Jill is also working with Steve Cosson (The Civilians), Jim Lewis (Fela!) and Robin Eaton (a longtime collaborator) on the musical, Times Square.
In the words of New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles, “Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant…grown-up music for an adolescent age.”
She’s an American original.
Emilyn Brodsky is a singer/songwriter who has performed with The Magnetic Fields, Amanda Palmer, The Hold Steady, TV on the Radio, and many more. You may have seen her sing songs off her critically-acclaimed album “Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings” on HBO’s “Girls” and Fusion’s “The Chris Gethard Show.” She lives in New York City in an ancient mansion with a coven of witches. Emilyn enjoys tea, essential oils, and meat on the bone. Her new album, “Emilyn Brodsky’s Digestion,” was released in October 2016 on Dead Stare Records.
Without question, one of the brightest lights on the American progressive/art rock scene, IZZ melds classic and modern prog influences, strong melodies, and stirring guitar and synthesizer solos into a familiar yet refreshing musical stew. They have consistently delivered their innovative and unique original sound with rising praise for each album released.
IZZ was formed under the musical vision of brothers Tom and John Galgano. In 1996, Tom brought together fellow Manhattanville College classmates, all musically trained, to write, arrange and perform original, adventurous music. IZZ’s lineup includes percussionist (and Blind Brook legend) Greg DiMiceli, Paul Bremner (guitars), Anmarie Byrnes (vocals), Laura Meade (vocals), and Brian Coralian (drums). They have released seven studio albums, including “Ampersand Volume 2” in 2016, and have appeared at many festivals including CalProg (Los Angeles), NEARFest (Bethlehem PA), Terra Incognita (Quebec), and Progtoberfest (Chicago).
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