The third Annual Rotten Apple Roots and Bluegrass Halloween takes place Saturday October 31 at the great Jalopy Theatre in Redhook. Having sold out much larger venued the Bell House and then Union Hall I am really excited to be doing it at the intimate yet awesome famous Jalopy Theatre. There was something lacking the previous year in my opinion and that was the ability HEAR the music, Jalopy Theatre is un-arguably the best venue in NYC for listening to bluegrass and folk music, the condensers are installed all around the stage, hanging from the ceiling at strategic angles, the sound resonates off the wood, the walls and floors. The place is around 10 years old yet feels like so much of a Brooklyn institution already.
Lineup includes favorites from years past and new upstarts Coyote and Crow, who are in the vein of what we have been doing, they definitely bring to mind Moran O’kane who played our first show, and has gone on to do some amazing things since., playing big festivals and a cameo on Louis with Louis CK. Coyote and Crow have this awesome viral hit of “Me and My Uncle.” Popularized by the Grateful Dead, it was the most played song in all of the Dead’s concerts. Though actually written by John Phillips one drunken night on the spot, he woke up and forgot he wrote it. Judy Collins was there and ended up recording the song, he started to remember when he got the royalty checks.
Then we have Jimmy Stelling of the Hackensaw Boys returning interesting fact about him is he is the owner of Selling Banjo’s one of the best boutique banjo luthiers luthiers in the world. He is playing with Tara Mills fresh off a blazing set at Infamous Stringdusters’ The Festy Experience.
Then we have local hometown heros Seth Kessell and the Two Cent Band, and Roots Cafe’s house band so to speak, Ivy, Beck and Neill.
Then we have an epic bluegrass jam set featuring some of the best local pickers and hosted by Dancegrass.