Brooklyn Old-Time Dance Party Extravaganza
Union Hall (702 Union St., Brooklyn)
UNION STREET PRESERVATION SOCIETY – USPS is the complete roots string band experience — bluegrass and blues, old-time and early jazz, all with a progressive bent. Fast emerging as a favorite Americana act in greater NYC, the group’s spirited vocal harmonies and runaway-train instrumentals breathe fire and soul into timeless traditionals and emphasize the freshness of their original tunes. The band recently released their highly-anticipated inaugural EP “Spring to Rust”, which the group debuted over a two-week period of sold-out performances in New York City.
THIRD WHEEL BAND – The Third Wheel Band is an American Roots group from New York City with influences ranging from bluegrass and country, to folk and talking blues, to early jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. Their sound digs deep into the past and their original tunes carry on the traditions of the American Folk songs they include in their repertoire, in which they lovingly provide a fresh and modern twist. Known for their energetic live shows, the band has been described by The Huffington Post as “impossible not to dance to” and “New York’s best hidden bluegrass treasure.”
THE WHISTLING WOLVES – Hot fiddle tunes, back porch torch songs, sweet waltzes, snappy cakewalks, jug band blues and weepy ballads – this is the stuff of The Whistling Wolves. Coming from diverse backgrounds in old-time, blues, folk, and rock ‘n roll, and thanks to one member’s obscenely large collection of 78s, the group has spent the past three years digging deep into the archives of American music, bringing to the stage many long-forgotten gems. The Wolves features the ukulele, fiddle, vocals and two-time world championship whistling of Emily Eagen, the tasty harmonica, uke and bass singing of Trip Henderson, the skillful pickin’ and singing of Spiff Wiegand on vocals, banjo, mandolin and guitar; and blue-eyed soulman Chris Q. Murphy singing, playing bass and strings and things.