Eileen Carson Benefit
Eileen Carson has been at the epicenter of traditional American music and dance for nearly 40 years. As the founder of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble she has introduced audiences across the country and abroad to American clogging and related styles. Eileen is a beloved fixture in the bluegrass and old-time music communities along with her husband, bassist and fellow dancer Mark Schatz. Eileen is now facing a health threat that has put her work on hold. Proceeds from the show will go to helping her defray the expenses associated with a serious illness. Please bring your friends!
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Bio
With chops so hot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time, with a third nomination in 2017. Their critically acclaimed album Cold Spell earned a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, yet the accolades don’t end there.
Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a progressive bluegrass stew of infinite instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills soon to be featured once again on their new album If You Can't Stand the Heat, slated to drop this Fall.
Since leaving the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Their respect and deep understanding of the tradition collides, live on stage, with jazz virtuosity creating an unforgettable, compelling performance.
"The band packs dazzling solos into dizzyingly small spaces, funneling bluegrass's love of dexterity into pop's love of brevity." – Grayson Haver Currin, Indy Week
"On the aptly-titled Family, Friends & Heroes mandolinist Frank Solivan shows why one of the rising stars in bluegrass circles deserves a higher profile in the wider world of Americana." – Don McLeese, No Depression
"Shaken and stirred, Solivan’s gang of grassers amount to a not-so-secret recipe that’s full of home and heart." – Tom Netherland, Herald Courier
"Family made Frank’s passion for and career in music possible. Friends have come easily as he’s taken his open-hearted way with bluegrass on the road, and heroes have guided his journey and, in many cases, have become like family. Family, Friends & Heroes is a toast to things that matter in life and a testimony to how good music can feel when talent is fused with soul and sincerity." - Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots
"For those of you who’ve been spending time under a bluegrass rock lately, Solivan and his bandmates are one of the hottest acts around." – Shawn Underwood, Twangville
"If Tim O’Brien and Alison Brown ever had a love child, it might just be Frank Solivan. This newgrass/bluegrass foursome spirals through skin-tight banjo picking, razor-sharp mandolin and jazz-tinged concentric circles – all with a degree of control that balances technical precision and improvisational virtuosity." - Siobhan Long, Irish Times
"Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are what bluegrass music needs these days. They are master musicians who fully understand the history and tradition but aren’t afraid to explore new sounds and concepts." - Brian Paul Swenk, Bluegrass Today
Tony is considered a consummate banjo artist and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years his virtuosity has inspired a generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument. Case it point: He was Bela Fleck’s banjo teacher.
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
Footworks has delighted audiences of all ages and cultures across North America and Europe since 1979. The group thrilled audiences as guest artists in the London run of Riverdance and was honored to be one of eight groups chosen to represent American culture in Japan on a tour with the Smithsonian Institution. Footworks, recognized as pioneers in bringing traditional Americana music and percussive dance to the concert stage, has performed in numerous high profile venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and Wolftrap Farm Park for the Performing Arts.
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
TWO-TIME GRAMMY® Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are master musicians with a career spanning over 35 years. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, cello-banjo, and many other instruments. An eclectic folk festival on their own terms, their repertoire ranges from classic country to western swing, gypsy jazz to bluegrass, and old-time string band to contemporary folk.