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The Lil Smokies
with Jordan August
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Pearl Street Warehouse - Washington DC
Age Restrictions: 21+
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In 2013 the band also won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor.
The Lil Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. Sharing the stage with heavyweights like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travellin’ McCourys, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, Infamous Stringdusters, Bradford Lee Folk and The Bluegrass Playboys, and dozens of others. The Lil Smokies have become festival favorites coast to coast with highlights including Delfest (MD), Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass (CO), ROMP Fest (KY), Hangtown Halloween (CA), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Roseberry Music Festival (ID), Northwest String Summit (OR), Targhee Bluegrass Festival (WY), River City Roots (MT) and more! This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar).
Hans Christian Anderson once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” And from the moment you hear Jordan August’s music, one thing is certain…it speaks. From his heart and his soul. No matter the stage, venue or crowd size, Jordan always delivers the same deeply rooted passion and energy.
Growing up in a musical family, Motown and soul were the dominant sounds throughout his childhood. In his teens and early 20s, his evolving interests led him to folk singers and songwriters. Influenced by fellow Baltimore musician Cris Jacobs, and blues revivalist, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jordan’s drive and talent helped him quickly mature from a backing musician to a front-man and soloist.
When: Sat Feb. 10 - 8:00 pm
Sun Feb. 11 12:00 am
Address: 33 Pearl Street
Washington DC,US 20024
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