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Philly this Phriday!

In west Philadelphia born and raised on the playground is where I spent... literally none of my time. But I did spend way too many days watching Fresh Prince of Bel Air and so I couldn't help but make the most over used Philadelphia joke of all time. I apologize and I will now stop this charade...

This Friday we're playing at The Barbary for the CD release of our NERFA-jammer, bluegrass and pizza, friends... Man About A Horse! The show will also include Damn Tall Buildings which, judging by their website, we'll all get along famously. Here's a little bit about the bands...
Man About A Horse
Man About a Horse is a quintet known for its vocal harmonies–to which all five members contribute–its uptempo, high-energy sets, and its rock-solid, authentic songwriting. While bluegrass music is sometimes typecast as the sleepy, back porch sing-along, MAAH infuses its music with flurries of sixteenth notes on banjo, fiddle, and mandolin that makes their shows hearken to bluegrass’ roots as dance music. They've shared bills with the likes of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Travelin’ McCourys, Danny Barnes, Donna the Buffalo, Wood & Wire, and many others.
Damn Tall Buildings
The dynamic quartet of Damn Tall Buildings, known as “The Carter Family for the millennial generation..." according to The Boston Globe, has performed at numerous venues and festivals across the continental U.S. – most recently including GreyFox Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass On The Bogs, Vinegrass, and FreshGrass Festival (where they were awarded 2nd place in the 2016 band competition). During the span of these tours, they've shared the stage with artists such as The California Honeydrops, The Dustbowl Revival, Sierra Hull, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Gangstagrass, and many more.

Doors open at 7pm and we'll open the show at 7:45pm. Come on Philly and show us the love!

Past shows:
American Roots Festival
+ The Guthrie Center

It's been a great summer so far and we've got a few more super exciting festivals coming up so keep your ear to the ground for more fun events like the ones you see below!

Starting with the most recent, this past weekend we were honored to play at Caramoor's American Roots Festival for the second time. It was a wonderful party filled with friends including The Brother Brothers, Eddie Barbash, The Lonely Heartstring Band ,The Mammals, Spuyten Duyvil and more!
The City Pickers playing in the Sunken Garden at the American Roots Music Festival
Victor Furtado, Andrew Vogts, Eli Wildman and Eddie Barbash as part of The City Pickers and Friends in the Spanish Courtyard at the American Roots Music Festival

The Guthrie Center

A few weeks back we got to make our way up to Uncle Arlo's church in Great Barrington, MA for a fun filled night with new friends, old friends, and even cousins! It was a first for me and I'm super glad they invited us up. Can't wait to do it again!

Upcoming Shows

Some of our upcoming shows are in new areas so come and show your support, tell your friends and enjoy some NYC bluegrass!
Date Venue Location Tickets
6/30 The Barbary Philadelphia, PA   Tickets
7/8 Summertide Festival     Amenia, NY   Tickets
7/15 Woody Fest Okema, OK   Tickets

Cole Quest and The City Pickers

are a group of New York City musicians connected by friendship and a love of bluegrass. Cole Quest, grandson of the folk icon Woody Guthrie, has brought together a collection of eclectic pickers who have gained recognition on the local scene. Performing both Quest's original tunes as well as traditional favorites, The City Pickers bring their special brand of high-spirited talent to the stage, with up-beat, knee slapping energy and a high lonesome sound that'll leave you wanting more.

After recording at NYC's renowned Magic Shop studio, by Grammy award winning producer Steve Rosenthal, they released their debut album in late July. Having shared bills with acts such as Sierra Hull, Billy Strings & Don Julin, The Brothers Comatose, The Lil Smokies, Whiskey Shivers, Old Salt Union, Willie Watson, Blind Boy Paxton and Michael Daves, you can catch them playing all over the northeast region.

"What a crack team of pickers and voices you have put together. Great dobro playing, world class harmonica...skies the limit when you get a band as good as this."  - Ketch Secor / Old Crow Medicine Show

"You’ve got to see this band live! Their catchy playing and endearing personal dynamic will make you sit up & listen, tap your toes (maybe even get up and dance), and bring a big grin to your face. They make great old fashioned good time music in a modern and highly accessible way. And they just keep getting better and better!" - Maggi Landau / 
Artistic Director for Roots Music, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

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