String Thing Five featuring The Absynth Quintet, the Dirt Floor Band, Lyndsey Battle w/ Cory Goldman & Brian Hennesy, Caitlin Jemma & Our weight in Gold and Chris Parreira & Friends
Doors at 7 PM
Music at 8 PM
$15 advanced at Wildwood Music in Arcata, Wildberries Marketplace in Arcata and ATL Box Office
21 and over
Sponsored by KHUM, Humboldt Folklife Society and Wildwood Music!
A bionic string band? Fire breathing traveling-gypsy-circus-indie-grass? The Absynth Quintet purvey a truly unique brand of high energy acoustic music. The band?s sound, born and cultured in the fertile hills of Humboldt County, Ca. melds a reverent treatment of time honored American music with a reckless, virtuosic and often zany approach to innovation. There?s something Django-esque, something distinctly Eastern European that saturates many of the songs, but always present is the foot-stomping influence of bluegrass roots. The year 2008 saw Absynth Quintet break onto the national scene with the release of “Indigo Shoes”, their debut fulllength studio album. Jazzmando.com calls the album, “fierce acoustic energy that never betrays a carefully crafted sophistication.” Gratefulweb.net immediately placed the group in their Band of the Month slot. Motivated by the response to ?Indigo Shoes?, AQ raised the money needed for their second album by pre-selling it on Kickstarter. Promptly, they began work on their latest album, “IOTA”, which was released in 2011. Michael Dronkers, program director for KHUM and KSLG radio said “their semi-nerdy songwriting and brilliant virtuosity don’t overpower the melodies that overrun Iota. This record succeeds at every level.’ Matt Eakle of the David Grisman Quintet said of IOTA, ‘The AQ hit a home run! Great original material, some of the tunes sound like they were written at the height of the bluegrass era, 60 years ago, but about modern subject matter. VERY COOL!” While touring to support their latest release, the band has shared the stage with such greats as Hot Buttered Rum, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Railroad Earth, Devil Makes Three, Rushad Eggleston, Fareed Haque and Matt Eakle of the Grisman Quintet. Absynth Quintet finds a space between street corner busking, sit down concerts at The Freight And Salvage and all night laser light shows. They tap into their diverse musical roots and teases out something fresh, original and relevant to today’s music scene.
Bringing together the sounds of bluegrass, gypsy, and punk rock – with some country ballads and a little funk to round it out – the Dirt Floor form a dynamic part of a West Coast musical style that can’t easily be contained by any particular genre. Their sound has been described as “barefoot-punk-grass” – a quirky yet catchy label that attempts to contain the genre-bending Dirt Floor Band sound. Live performances showcase the band’s varied offerings with a raw, ragged-edged intensity that invites the audience to join in and dance till their feet blister. Formed in Mendocino County in 2006, Adam Sullivan, Andrew Hudson, and Jeff Stovall started as a three-piece string band in which all three songwriters brought a range of musical tastes to the table. The result was a genre-flexing sound that became the foundation for the now five-piece band. In ’08, bassist Kyle Madrigal joined, then Bobby Cochran rounded things out on the drums in ’09, adding a solid, driving rhythm section. Their eponymous first album came soon after, followed by the 2010 release of a live disc, “Live At the Caspar Inn” that captures the infectious energy and down-home style that’s earned them opening slots with bands such as The Devil Makes 3, Hot Buttered Rum, the Lukas Nelson Band, Sean Hayes, Blue Turtle Seduction, Asylum Street Spankers, Rita Hoskings, and Town Mountain, to name a few. The band has developed a fan base drawn to their high-energy, up-tempo beat coupled with bald-faced, aggressively earnest lyrics that shamelessly delve into the more difficult and awkward sides of life. They deliver both with easy humor and an undeniable conviction that can make their songs resonate with listeners long after the music ends. Whether it’s a song rife with angst, fear, or sadness, or a pointless song that is simply an excuse to rock, the Dirt Floor Band puts everything they have into their music with reckless abandon and endearing, irreverent enthusiasm.
Lyndsey Battle is a singer/songwriter from the Gulf Coast bringing a folk-style perspective on the music of the Mississippi River Delta to her audience on both East and West Coasts. Lyndsey’s fresh sound and original lyrics carry a message that appeals to listeners of all ages. After releasing her first album, The Prototype, in 2004; Battle’s devotion to her art earned her The Independent News’ award for Best Vocalist in 2006. Carrying this momentum into the following year, Battle managed to produce her second album, Kill Bass, while touring heavily with her band throughout the Southeast. These days, one might find Lyndsey Battle strumming on her guitar at a festival or Farmer’s Market in Humboldt County while steadily at work on her upcoming third album.
Caitlin Jemma grew up in the tiny historic mining town of Virginia City, Nevada and learned how to play guitar at seventeen. She has since spread her wings and currently lives in Northern California where she is inspired by the forest and old country songs. She writes about nature, love, dreams, and living simply.
Combining energetic, percussive guitar playing with a smooth baritone voice, Chris Parreira sings from the heart about the joy, the loneliness and every emotion in between that comes with being a traveling songwriter. A Humboldt County resident for most of his life, Parreira’s songwriting first started to blossom while living in Ashland, OR, and took new life once he moved to Austin, TX. Now back in Arcata, CA he continues to grow as an artist, and keeps a busy schedule as a performer. Chris Parreira grew up listening to folk and jazz, and those influences have since given way to bluegrass and indie-rock. Early heroes such as Bob Dylan and Ray Charles now sit side-by-side with the Dave Rawlings Machine, The Avett Brothers and Ryan Adams. Numerous EP’s were released building up to the March 2009 release of “Before You Go”, Parreira’s first full length album. He has completed five tours in the last two years; three to the Pacific Northwest, and two to the Southwest covering Oregon, California, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.