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East Bay-based American Nomad celebrates the release of its CD “Country Mile” with a concert filled with country-folk-bluegrass original songs for listening and dancing. Along with guest musicians, American Nomad has invited their friends Steep Ravine to open the evening. The album was produced by bluegrass great Laurie Lewis and issued on her Spruce and Maple Music label.
Hassan El-Tayyab was a special ed teacher going through a rough patch in 2009 when he decided to abandon the Boston music scene, hop in his Chevy Malibu and take a road trip through America. He settled in Berkeley and formed a new Americana music group with singer-songwriter Shiloh Parkerson, a native of Fairbanks, Alaska. Their band, American Nomad, describes itself as “modern-day troubadours tramping the dark and dangerous highways of the human soul,” from heartbreak to broken dreams, with a traditional folk sound. American Nomad was named best vocal group at the 2013 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Competition. In addition to El-Tayyab and Parkerson, the band includes mandolinist Brian Judd, bassist Adam Lowdermilk (of Albino! Afrobeat), and drummer Cairo McCockran.
Part bluegrass, folk, and gypsy jazz, the Bay Area quartet Steep Ravine is noted for its dynamic acoustic sound, original songwriting, close vocal harmonies, and string-playing virtuosity. Steep Ravine draws its influences from far and wide, including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Neil Young, Django Reinhardt, and Stephane Grappelli, to name a few. The band’s collective abilities cross multiple musical genres, bringing a fresh, distinctive sound to original tunes and arrangements alike, featured on the debut CD “Trampin’ On” and especially onstage! Simon Linsteadt (guitar, lead vocals) and Jan Purat (violin, vocals) began playing music together back in high school, later moving on to study music at UC Santa Cruz, where they fortuitously met Andy O’Brien (mandolin, vocals) and Alex Bice (bass, vocals).
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).