GRITTY CITY STRINGFEST

GRITTY CITY STRINGFEST

THE HAYMARKET SQUARES, RUN BOY RUN, LAURA & THE KILLED MEN, DJ SHANE KENNEDY

Sat, April 29, 2017

8:00 pm

Valley Bar

Phoenix, AZ

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

GRITTY CITY STRINGFEST brings together Arizona’s most interesting string bands for one night of grass-fueled fun in downtown Phoenix.

The Inaugural Fest features THE HAYMARKET SQUARES + RUN BOY RUN + LAURA & THE KILLED MEN + DJ SHANE KENNEDY!

GRITTY CITY STRINGFEST
GRITTY CITY STRINGFEST
GRITTY CITY STRINGFEST brings together Arizona’s most interesting string bands for one night of grass-fueled fun in downtown Phoenix.

The Inaugural Fest features THE HAYMARKET SQUARES + RUN BOY RUN + LAURA & THE KILLED MEN + DJ SHANE KENNEDY!
THE HAYMARKET SQUARES
THE HAYMARKET SQUARES
PUNKGRASS FOR THE PEOPLE

Armed with tight vocal harmonies, bluegrass instruments and a heaping dose of righteous anger, The Haymarket Squares are Arizona's premier purveyors of punk grass.

Although they've been together for less than 2 years, Mark, Marc and John have played more than 100 shows in Arizona and the western U.S. They've developed a loyal following among punks, anarchists, hippies, activists and other thinking folks who appreciate rabble-rousing lyrics wrapped in a catchy melody.

Known for long sets and short songs, a typical Haymarket Squares show features ecstatic dancing, blindingly fast mandolin, and broad smiles. Who knew changing the world (or at least singing about it) could be so much fun?
RUN BOY RUN
RUN BOY RUN
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Run Boy Run’s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk and the old-timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn-of-the-century details. Based in Tucson, the band has been making friends and fans nationwide with an open-ended musical approach and wonderful stage presence.
LAURA & THE KILLED MEN
LAURA & THE KILLED MEN
Classical singer-turned-folk-artist Laura Kepner-Adney shades her Americana with country and echoes of Appalachia. Frequently compared to Iris Dement, Chrissie Hynde and Gillian Welch, she has developed an expansive songwriting style that highlights her connection to Arizona's unforgiving environment. Rooted in traditional folk technique, Laura's guitar playing exposes her rock and blues influences and showcases her unconventional, rich vocals. She spent seven years performing with Silver Thread Trio, Tucson's critically acclaimed Americana ensemble; currently fronts southern Arizona's power pop quartet The Cordials; and has performed and recorded with national acts including Amos Lee, Calexico, Howe Gelb, Jello Biafra, and Robin Hitchcock.
Laura's partnership with the Killed Men began in August of 2014 after a joint tour with Laura's solo act and Tucson's chamber indie rock sweethearts, Sun Bones. The two acts combined forces (Laura is now a member of Sun Bones as well) and have just completed a nine-week tour in support of their album, "One Bell."

"A sound reminiscent of S.F.'s
creative, experimental heyday where folk, rock, country and blues were
melded into a LSD-inspired cauldron.... [Laura's voice has] the power and melodic range to make fire." --Dave Monterey (Song Dog Music Blog)

"The 6-track EP, One Bell, offers a timeless Americana certain to enchant listeners of every age. On One Bell, an earthen musicality meets the golden-hued voice of Laura Kepner-Adney for a collection that is elegant rather than quaint, something the genre could use a little bit more of these days." (Yab Yum Music and Arts)
DJ SHANE KENNEDY
DJ SHANE KENNEDY
Mondo Twang - VINTAGE RYHTHM & BLUES, JAZZ NOIR, GROOVY FRENCH POP, COUNTRY SOUL, 70'S POP, AFRO JAZZ, COCKTAIL EXOTICA, EARLY NEW ORLEANS FUNK, SKRONKY TONK, GIRL GROUP, SOUTHERN SOUL, COOL COVERS, OBSCURE ORIGINALS...
Venue Information:
Valley Bar
130 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
http://www.valleybarphx.com/