with Folkfaces and Kendall Street Company
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Bar & Restaurant: 5:00pm
18+ $5 // 21+ FREE
Swimmer is an experimental rock-fusion quintet based out of Burlington, VT. Their music transcends convention by fusing the band’s roots in rock, funk, jazz and electronica to create a unique and powerful sound. Conceived in 2014 at New Hampshire’s Plymouth State University, Swimmer has cultivated an intimate fanbase through captivating composition and distinct live performances. Their high-energy performances feature an emphasis on improvisation and spontaneity.
Swimmer has shared the stage with renowned touring acts such as Turkuaz, Consider the Source, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Main Squeeze, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, lespecial, & many more.
To quote a fan, “Their trancey soundscapes are beautifully contrasted by their knack for progressive twists and turns, as well as undeniably deep grooves.”
Folkfaces is a Buffalo-based quartet that specializes in “Rowdy Jazz & Bluesy Roots.” Folkfaces has an irresistibly danceable energy and a unique versatility, being able to engage a crowd whether busking on the street, playing in a small barroom, or putting on a full electric show at a large music venue. The band draws influence from a multitude of genres, including folk, jazz, blues, punk, Americana, jug band, and bluegrass.
The music is driven by songwriter and frontman, Tyler Westcott, who founded the band in 2011. The rest of the band has taken many forms in the years it’s been around, but the current and longest-standing lineup includes saxophonist Ellen Pieroni, upright bass player, Patrick Jackson, and washboard extraordinaire Dan Schwach. Each of the band’s members come from different musical backgrounds, but find common ground in the rare and captivating sound of Folkfaces.
Folkfaces keeps a busy playing schedule, performing at music festivals, colleges, and touring extensively in 12 states. Folkfaces has shared the stage with many notable acts, including The Felice Brothers, Tab Benoit, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Peter Rowan, and Cage the Elephant.
The band released their debut album, How Long?, in April 2017 and currently working on their follow-up album at GCR Audio in Buffalo, NY.
Kendall Street Company
From late night jam sessions at the University of Virginia to the main stages at venues throughout the East Coast, the Company has broken out of the college bubble and into a world that loves to groove to a great live show. The band was founded in the early months of 2013 by guitarist/vocalist Louis Smith and saxophonist Andrew Drehoff. The duo had been playing together for some time in the greater Virginia Beach area, joined by a rotation of talented musicians who performed behind Louis as the Louis Smith Band. After moving to Charlottesville in late 2012 to attend the University of Virginia, the pair began putting together a group of student musicians, adding Brian Roy on bass/vocals and Ryan Wood on drums/percussion in early 2013. Since then, the band has added Andrew King on keyboards, Ben Laderberg on the electric guitar, and Jake Vanaman on saxophone.
Kendall Street Company performs regularly along the East Coast, maintaining a central presence around the state of Virginia. While the Company’s music is influenced by a variety of musicians and styles, the group has been described as “psychedelic,” “alternative,” “jammy,” “rock,” “indie,” and “ska.” Their recent performance at the 2017 Lockn Music Festival was praised by Relix magazine as having “[raised] the crowd’s energy with frontman Louis Smith and guitarist Ben Laderberg’s acoustic/electric interplay and lively, technical breakdowns”. It is not uncommon for guest performers to join the group on stage for extended jams.