Festival of The Hunt

Festival of The Hunt

Morgan O'kane, The Kicking Hills, Odetta Hartman, Feral Foster, The Daydreamers, Greater Jones, 5 Mile String Band, The Messy Beds

Fri, March 11, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

*** Tickets purchased in advance include A FREE BEER at the show! ***

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Festival of The Hunt
Festival of The Hunt
Welcome to Brooklyn’s new up-tempo Americana Music and Film Festival. Come check out the region’s top Americana music artists as well as a series of Americana themed short films, all while sippin on some drinks! This one night, 5 hour event in Gowanus Brooklyn is something you won’t want to miss! Buy a ticket now and get a free beer at the show!
Morgan O'kane
Morgan O'kane
Every so often, just when you think the well is dry and the tradition is dead, you are gratefully reminded that there is still water down there and that the tradition was only sleeping.Morgan O’Kane from Charlottesville, Virginia is one of those reminders. A virtuoso banjo player, shouter and activist now based in New York City, Morgan recalls two other transplanted legendary southern artists; Reverend Gary Davis and Aunt Molly Jackson. Like the reverend, Morgan honed his skills making a living as a busking street artist. Like Aunt Molly, he has kept his connection to his Appalachian home and its issues, taking part in the campaign to ban mountaintop removal mining, which destroys the land and the people who live on it.

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“If Dan Tyminski were to challenge Ravi Shankar to duelling banjos on the neutral ground of a Scottish Kayleigh…Pendulum could well be the outcome.

The album is a collection of 14 songs from banjo player extraordinaire Morgan O’Kane, who must surely be to the banjo, what Joe Satriani is to the electric guitar. Yes, if there was a prize for banjo shredding it would, without question, be on O’Kane’s mantelpiece. ” – Pete Whalley www.getreadytorock.com/ UK - May 2012

“Ace dirty banjo man trawls the dark side…Its O’Kane’s banjo and vocal that dominate what is an intense and superb set” Americana-UK June 2012

MORGAN O’Kane “Pendulum” (Dollartone / Sonic Rendezvous) (4.5 *****) Altcountry.be (google translate)

“Morgan O’Kane is a downright phenomenon. A real natural phenomenon! …. immediately speaks heavily to the imagination. ….the mad musical passion. His songs are raw, his singing game and his game on both banjo and mandolin at once inventive and very energetic…Old foundations cracking under his revolutionary hammering on their own particular banjo. Bluegrass sounded really never so intense as here. In a production of Vic Thrill and further including the necessary helping hand services Ferd Moyse of the Hackensaw Boys on fiddle, the recently named the Carolina Chocolate Drops joined Leyla McCalla on cello, Ezekiel Healy on dobro, Liam Crill with spoons, JR Hankins on flugelhorn and Domino Kirke additional vocals O’Kane takes the genre to speak again. That may all sound a little exaggerated, but it certainly is not! Listen for yourself …With the fourteen songs on this second of O’Kane, the roof just off of! We’re deeply impressed!…”

“In all the songs Morgan demonstrates a deep knowledge of human frailties and motivations….a sweaty, salty and passion imbued primer….Morgan’s rough voice, haunting vocals and virtuoso string music awakens the spirits of the old world and transposes them to his own time” Rootstime.be May 2012

“the musicians are enthusiastic and their chops are solid – especially banjo virtuoso Morgan O’Kane” June 15, 2011 NOW Toronto, Norman Wilner (excerpt from Film review of Below New York)
The Kicking Hills
The Kicking Hills
The Kicking Hills is the newly formed band headed by song-writer and Dreamland Studios artist Peter Arvo, and managed by Jerry Marotta.
After spending seven months touring across the southern states and through Mexico on his motorcycle, Arvo returned to New York in the spring and established ‘The Kicking Hills’ to record and perform his new batch of songs written on tour.

Rising stars Odetta Hartman as well as Nashville’s Ian Link have joined Arvo to give The Kicking Hills a powerful special kind of sound and stage presence. Along with these two, the band is composed of piano/violin virtuoso Adrianna Stivak, who has appeared on Ted Talks and studies at the Manhattan Academy of Music, Drummer Paul Buschmann- a New York native, and pianist Robbie Lee.

The Kicking Hills are set to record their new album in the fall with a release scheduled for early 2016. You can see their debut performance at the upcoming Americana music festival ‘Festival of The Hunt’.
Odetta Hartman
Odetta Hartman
Odetta Hartman is a young woman keeping the spirit of Old New York alive. With a heart-stopping voice and wide-ranging instrumental talent, she carries cowboy soul into a new era where country can clash with computers, and bluegrass isn’t afraid of bass.

With her first strictly solo record, 222 — an experimental, bedroom-produced hybrid of folk, musique concrète and psychedelia — Odetta Hartman and her partner, sound artist and producer Jack Inslee, have created something completely original and unsettling: badass banjos, detuned violins, superstitious stories and eerie soundscapes all give backing to beautiful vocal stylings that range from sensual to spooky.

222 presents itself as a post-modern audio novella: its 22-minute running time makes it as concise as your favorite Netflix episode, and its eclectic edge is sure to leave your head spinning by the time you’re through. In addition to writing all of the songs, Odetta sings, plays banjo, violin and guitar and incorporates samples from her own field recordings to create a truly idiosyncratic world of sound. A companion remix EP will be released in collaboration with Full Service Party, featuring unique reinterpretations of each track from some of the finest talents in the electronic music world.

The 25-year-old East Village native grew up around experimental filmmakers, street poets and after-hours debauchery, all thanks to her pioneering parents (founders of the local institution Two Boots Pizza) who have cultivated her passion for musical performance since the tender age of 4 years old. She currently teaches neighborhood girls age 8-18 how to produce radio and music at the Lower Eastside Girls Club.
Feral Foster
Feral Foster
Feral Foster has been gigging in New York, across the country and in Europe for the past 10 years, capturing the imagination and attention of listeners with his impassioned singing and powerful songwriting. Foster draws from the deep wellspring of early blues, country, and jazz to tell contemporary, human stories, making for music that feels well­worn and strikingly fresh at the same time. He has become well­known in the roots music scene for establishing, curating, and performing at Jalopy’s weekly Wednesday “Roots n’ Ruckus” review, which has become a premiere showcase for new and established talent. His new, eponymous record of all original material recruits a host of talented musicians, including Jay Sanford (Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess), Ernie Vega, and Wyndham Baird. Following on his successful Kickstarter campaign in support of the record, Foster is now touring the east coast, with a more extensive tour planned for the fall.
The Daydreamers
The Daydreamers
Born in the heart of the neo-american dream, Woodstock n.y., twin brothers Aaron and Wyatt Mones first picked up their guitars ten years ago. Starting out with ‘garage bands”, winning local battle of the bands and playing well known local venues, the Mones brothers had the archetypical american musician’s coming of age. But as world renown drummer and musician Jerry Marotta noticed, they had something special. He invited them to team up and spend their latter teen years working and learning at his home studio and the world famous Dreamland Studios.

The Mones brothes a.k.a. now the folk-pop duo ‘The Daydreamers’ moved to New York City, bringing with them the feel of the Catskill Mountains and the influence of a variety of artists like Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Radiohead, and Blake mills. In addition to creating and performing in NYC, the Daydreamers continue to expand their circle of friends, playing with and producing other artists, continually honing their skills and growing.

The Daydreamers are currently working on their second EP, with accompanying videos due in 2015.
5 Mile String Band
5 Mile String Band
The 5 Mile String Band is a fiery old time band in New York City! They play farmer’s markets, dances, birthdays, potlucks and more. A rockin’ old-time string band with an infectious sound and irresistible energy. Git ready to swing yer partner!

Founded in September 2012, the 5 Mile String Band spontaneously emerged fully rehearsed from the belly of Lowlands, Temple of Old Time Music in New York City. It all started when Alex Kramer returned to New York after a 7 year absence and became reaquainted with Eli Hetko. The pair realized that they knew all the same songs and proceeded to serenade the city for 10 straight hours. Noticing a gap on the low end of the band’s frequency, they drafted Erin Lobb, all-star bass fiddler and former Black River Belle into the group. The trio’s voices now blend in sweet harmony, regaling the urban landscape with fiery fiddle tunes and heartfelt ballads. Percussionist and natural bass singer David B. Greenberg is an occasional fourth member.