Jonas Friddle & The Majority

Wine From The Moon presents

Jonas Friddle & The Majority

Tangleweed, Ami Moss & the Unfortunate

Sat, March 24, 2012

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$8.00

Tickets at the Door

Jonas Friddle & The Majority
Jonas Friddle & The Majority
Jonas Friddle and the Majority is a new Chicago-based “orchestral folk” group with a big sound. The seven-piece band is comprised of a string section, brass, organ, banjo and drums, and combines a full orchestral sound with driving rhythms for a powerful result. Each member of the Majority boasts a strong personal music career with close ties to Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, where the band formed.

Jonas Friddle’s arrangements and songwriting are heavily rooted in traditional American music. His passion for old-time style banjo from his native North Carolina leads to rhythmic and rolling compositions. At the same time the founder of The Barehand Jugband pulls from the raucous sounds of 1920’s blues and string bands. Following the example of new folk groups like Crooked Still, Abigail Washburn and Old Crow Medicine Show, Jonas looks for a new take on an old sound.
Tangleweed
Tangleweed
For generations, practitioners of that uniquely American art form known variously as old-time or string-band music – progenitor of country, precursor to bluegrass – have labored in obscurity, their talents unrecognized, their provenance maligned. The men of Tangleweed are proud to uphold that tradition.

Their personal histories, while colorful, bear witness to the manifold hardships and hard-scrabble existences so commonly borne by folk artists. Only one was educated on the Continent. Most were forced to leave college after graduation.

Like most such groups, Tangleweed typically performs at drinking establishments and other communal gathering places, where ordinary people come to wash away the trials and tribulations of their workaday lives. Such venues are far removed from the niceties of the concert hall. Yet they testify to the formative influence that context can exert on performance style. How easily does the plaintive keening of Tangleweed's vocal harmonies rise above the whine of milk frothers and espresso machines. How cleanly do their finger-picked melodies cut through the din of mobile telephones and personal computing devices.

Tangleweed’s repertoire, which encompasses traditional fiddle tunes, African-American blues, rags, and stomps, was born in the rich soil of the rural agrarian South. Unlettered and without formal training, its originators gave rise to a deeply expressive musical idiom that spoke for and to a vast, poverty-stricken community of Euro- and African-Americans, for whom such music functioned first and foremost as an accompaniment to social dance. Tangleweed is proud to claim this rich cultural legacy, without in any way sharing in it.

Relieved of the burden of authenticity, unencumbered by troublesome notions of historical accuracy or, indeed, of personal accountability, the men of Tangleweed are free to pursue their own startlingly original interpretive impulses. So does a great tradition reinvent itself, often beyond all recognition.
Ami Moss & the Unfortunate
Ami Moss & the Unfortunate
Ami Moss sings a smoky version of jazz and blues while bandmates Brach Siemens and Joby Morey back her up with guitar, upright bass and piano. Their rich arrangements and complex solo interactions hearken back to the jazz combos of the 1920s-30s, while Ami's original lyrics touch on subjects of heartbreak, love and perseverance.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com