Thursday, March 11, 2010

Red Hot Blacktop

notloB Folk Concerts


Red Hot Blacktop

Unity Church of God

6 William Street, Davis Square, Somerville

Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00

Suggested minimum donation $12 at the door; $10 if reservation is made at least 24 hours in advance and to UCG members;

$5-10 student (with ID) rush / children under13

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Red Hot Black Top delivers high octane acoustic entertainment. Fusing bluegrass, old-time folk and blues with a distinctive rock and roll attitude, Red Hot Black Top mixes modern with tradition. With an extensive lineup of young talent, inventive arrangements and old fashion hot licks, Red Hot Black Top delivers a show that is as exciting as it is intriguing.

Jen Starsinic (Vocals, Fiddle, Banjo) A regular performing artist, Jen has played over 200 performances throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia with the bluegrass band Iron Ridge since she joined the group in September 2005. In June 2008, Jen also became a full-time member of Ophelia, playing fiddle, guitar, banjo and voice with the West Virginia based old-time string band. In addition to these regular endeavors, Jen also acts as a “fill-in fiddler” and has played with many bands in the area. She has participated in a number of performances at Harrisburg’s Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, the Carroll Arts Center, the Arcadia Bluegrass Festival and the Lucketts Community Bluegrass Series. Jen has traveled to Minneapolis, MN and Providence, RI to perform with Hershey Symphony Festival Strings at MENC All-Eastern and National Conferences.

David Goldenberg (Mandolin): David Goldenberg has been fortunate enough to start playing the mandolin at a time when the instrument's boundaries and limitations are constantly being challenged. He is at the forefront of this open minded generation of players. His playing is well informed by the instrument's modest history in addition to many musical environments which are foreign to this instrument's lineage. He has been heavily influenced by players such as Chris Thile and David Grisman as well a

s Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery. He currently studies mandolin at Berklee College of Music.

Sam Stambler (Guitar): Sam has been playing guitar and banjo since he was 14. He is known for his high energy performing and outside the box approach to bluegrass. He has an eclectic musical background and is not afraid to admit that he loves both Scruggs, Sondheim and Schubert. He also likes Schrödinger, though not much of a musician, he was one heck of a physicist (Sam's other love in life)

Etienne Cremieux (Fiddle): From classical to jazz and from bluegrass and old time music to rock, Etienne's musical inspiration cuts across multiple genres. He went from Suzuki school kid to Suzuki school dropout and owes more than he can say to the many mentors who have guided and influenced his journey. Etienne is as comfortable jamming bluegrass on his fiddle as he is shredding on a five-string electric violin. His high energy performance is full of fearless improvisation.

Gabe Hirshfeld (Banjo): Gabe started playing banjo almost five years ago after hearing the theme song to the radio show Car Talk. His life has never been the same.

Josh Dayton (Bass): Josh has played on the New England bluegrass circuit for nearly ten years. In addition to bluegrass, Josh has played many forms of music including classical, jazz, blues, and rock. This variety of musical influences has helped Josh develop a solid, but unique bass playing style.

"These days, "chops" is a given for the Young Lions entering the bluegrass arena- to stand out from the crowd, the young musician must also have deep musicality and a balance of adventure and tradition... The future is now!” -John McGann

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