Hot Day at the Zoo: New England's genre-bending American roots string band, Hot Day at the Zoo, is spreading their "zoograss" sound nationwide. The high-energy quartet mixes folk, blues, ragtime and jazz with progressive bluegrass and Americana-infused rock and roll. Hot Day at the Zoo is pioneering their sound in a way that is reminiscent of how Johnny Cash transformed traditional country music. They have the songwriting and full-bodied sound of the Grateful Dead, the technicality and momentum of Sam Bush, the tightness and the ability to talk musically like Charles Mingus, and the cool, easy rock demeanor of Steely Dan. Fans accurately describe this sound as “zoograss.”
Hot Day at the Zoo is Jon Cumming (banjo, dobro, vocals), Michael Dion (guitar, harmonica, vocals,) Jed Rosen (upright bass, vocals), and JT Lawrence (mandolin, vocals). Dion and Cumming are the band’s two main songwriters. Both, with distinctive personalities, offer enough stories to fill a catalogue of songs that are whole-hearted and full of sincerity. Add in Rosen, who’s technical prowess allows him to hold down the beat and push the music along, and Lawrence, who’s youthful energy and stellar musicianship fuel his strength in fulfilling each song’s missing piece, and the result is a band who humbly creates something bigger than any of themselves.
The Brummy Brothers: Bluegrass music inspired by the people, experiences, and scenery of the American North East. The Brummy Brothers blend traditional styles, modern influences, and improvisation.
In January 2012, brothers Dave (Standup bass) and Eric Brumberg (Mandolin) formed The Brummy Brothers. Shortly after, they added Andrew Morris on guitar, and Russell Gottlieb on Banjo. The four band mates write original bluegrass and jam grass music and tour heavily throughout the Northeast. Recently, The Brummy Brothers have expanded their sound with the addition of Dylan Wheeler on Dobro.
Their already strong following is quickly expanding along with their touring regions. Clubs, bars, and other various venues cannot wait to get The Brummy Bros into their establishments. Within their first year on the scene The Brummy Brothers have already made a strong impression on the the festival circuit as well, performing at several small festivals.
Their music is high energy, uplifting and surprisingly eclectic. Their use of varied tempos, textures, and vocal harmonies creates a sonic sound scape that is unique and universally appealing.... Fans just can't wait to, "get a little Brum in their Bum!"
The Dust Engineers: Originally conceived to create the fictional home recordings of a nonexistent South Dakotan teenager, The Dust Engineers are in reality a new Brooklyn/Queens-based band. "Ask Bobby Zimmerman about inventing a persona," laughs Zachary Meyer, singer and guitarist. "Sometimes romanticization is better than the real thing." After performing at a Bowery Poetry Club multimedia exhibition, Meyer decided to make The Dust Engineers more than a fantasy, and enlisted Sara Maeder (vocals, tambourine), Erik Rosenberg (guitar, vocals), Jared Harel (drums) and Ryan Egan (bass) to form the band in 2011. Employing twangy bottleneck slides, coed harmonies, and reckless 90s indulgence, their new EP "Bail" was recorded live in the studio rather than by multitracking to a metronome. "One foot on a skateboard and the other in stirrups," replies Meyer when asked about The Dust Engineers' singular sound that proves tough to classify. "We strive for this natural, collaborative writing process, and we let the original vision guide us. We've got an imagined desert muse."
Ne're Do Wells: Traditional style country songs , old school rockabilly rhythms and a little bit of the blues are what yer gonna get with the Ne're Do Wells. Brothers Woody (vocals/guitar) and Fell Boley (drums) with longtime friends Chris Collins (bass/vocals) and Mike Veloso (guitar) formed this band sometime in 2008. Hailing from NYC but homegrown in the south , this group is building quite a bit of steam playing in and around the NY area. With raucous live shows these fellas are taking their own brand of rebel music as far as folks are willin' to listen.
The Rothland: The Rothland is a singer-songwriter collaboration between Ari Rothland and Axie Blundon. The two met in Brooklyn last February and have been lucky enough to collaborate with some great musicians to produce an EP in the ten months since.