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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
$8 ADV / $10 DOS / ALL AGES / TAVERN
Inspiration seeped through the windows of apartment 5j on Barrow Street looking out over the Hudson River in NYC’s Greenwich Village, where singer-songwriters Eryn Murman and Jason Hite soaked up the energy and passion of musicians, painters, poets and writers who created the Village vibe. Together, they paid tribute to those creative spirits and named their band 5j Barrow, writing music and lyrics with an Indie-folk-earth-rock sound, sometimes as a duo, and often joined by bassist, Drew Jones, and drummer, Gerard Canonico.
Officially launched in the fall of 2011, 5j Barrow has inspired audiences in diverse venues, from the historic Apollo Theater to the open air of Washington Square Park, with soulful music, evocative imagery, and lyrics that touch the heart. 5j Barrow was named "Best Band in NY" after winning The Greene Space WNYC/WQXR's Battle of the Boroughs 2014. They have built a loyal following on the streets of the city and continue to engage with audiences as they tour North America with performances that are both intimate and rousing. As a duo and newlywed’s, Hite and Murman, have toured over 60 cities with over 80 shows since early August 2017 and will continue this epic tour traveling southwest in early 2018. 5j Barrow released their debut album From the Dim Sweet Light in 2014, and their first installment of three upcoming EPs produced by Grammy-nominated David Mayfield, was released October 6th, 2017 titled The Journey, Vol. 1. Volume’s 2 & 3 will release in 2018.
Maura Rogers & the Bellows
The emotional lyrics of Maura Rogers will tug at your heart, the Bellows will get the rest of your body moving. With songs ranging from quiet, soul-baring ballads to guitar-driven rock, the Cleveland, Ohio based band adds a new twist to the alt folk genre.
After performing as a solo artist for many years, Maura released her debut album, "Get Up Girl" in 2010 and was able to share her music in live performances from New York to California. Following the release of her solo album, she assembled a back-up band that eventually became The Bellows. Together they released "A Good Heart Will Break."
Performing in the promotion of their album, Maura Rogers and the Bellows have shared the stage with Shovels and Rope, Ivan and Alyosha, Kelly Hogan, Freedy Johnson, Ken Stringfellow, Erin McKeown and Freakwater amongst others.
If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it's likely you’ll come back for more.
This singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 album "The David Mayfield Parade" his follow-up "Good Man Down" was self-released and funded with a surprising succesful Kickstarter campaign that more than doubled its initial goal of $18,000. On the heels of that sucsess, Mayfield has partnered with Compass Records. A label that Playboy Magaizne calls "Nashville's hippest alternative label"
STRANGERS, Mayfield’s first album with Compass, is a tour de force, stretching from the avant-garde to Mayfield’s musical roots, which are buried deep in the bluegrass tradition from a childhood of touring with his family’s band. Tracks range from the Celtic-inspired opener “Caution,” which features Mayfield’s deft ability in orchestrating complex instrumentation, to “The Man I’m Trying to Be,” a sharply honest song that is as dark and it is tender. Mayfield is truly a wordsmith, forging the mundane into the evocative in each track, most notably with “Ohio (It’s Fake),” whose innovative lyrics are propelled from acoustic beginnings into a pure pop finish, Mayfield’s trembling tenor rising above the grooving band. With the release of Strangers, David Mayfield is clearly going places, fueled by a deadly combination of infectious energy and songwriting chops that only come around once in a blue moon.
“Acoustic, beardy goodness.” —American Songwriter
“Anyone with a craving for rustic Americana—frayed edges and all—will find Mayfield and company, effective practitioners.” —Blurt
"A massively skilled picker and singer with a knack for stagecraft.” —Nashville Scene
“…his songs are sturdy enough to work in any format because his tunes are that lovely and his words that understated.”
- Washington Post
“…a dynamic combination of music and comedy worthy of a traveling vaudeville act”
- The Boston Globe
“…the wild man of Americana!”
“this abundantly bearded multi-instrumentalist/songwriter impresses with a sound on the cutting edge of indie folk- rock”
David Mayfield grew up playing bass and touring with his family’s bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. His knack for colorful performances was evident as a backing player in his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield’s band including their appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He oozed personality on stage - a trait that makes him a natural frontman. He took his skills and personality when he joined the bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky, playing sold out shows with British folk revivalists Mumford and Sons. Around then Mayfield began writing songs after hearing artists like Randy Newman and Simon & Garfunkel. Encouraged by his sister Jessica, & friend Seth Avett, to record his original material, Mayfield did just that, to much acclaim. Since that time he has toured almost non-stop. Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer - something his father instilled in him in the family band - he certainly makes an impression live. But it’s the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences consistently lining up to join the parade.
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