Show Ponies

Show Ponies (10:20 PM)

Before The Brave (9:35 PM)

Moonsville Collective (8:50 PM)

Skin & Bones (8:15 PM)

Fri, October 24, 2014

8:00 pm

$0.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

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Show Ponies - (Set time: 10:20 PM)
Show Ponies
Near the end of Huckleberry Finn¸ Huck announces, “But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before.” Through Huck’s longing for the Territory ahead, Mark Twain transformed the ending of a story into an invitation that has come to define the American imagination. In his words we come to the conclusion of a story as one comes to the top of a mountain—to behold where we’ve been, and where we’ve yet to go.

The Show Ponies offer such vistas of the imagination on their newest EP, Run for Your Life (2014). Channeling the momentum of a few momentous years, founding members Andi Carder (lead vocals, banjo) and Clayton Chaney (lead vocals, bass) weave story and song with the same charm, pathos, and boldness that brought them from Texas and Arkansas to California where the Show Ponies were founded in 2011. Like so many iconic American voices over the generations, Carder grew up singing in church and performing in musical theater—musical heritage often apparent in performing what she likes to call “folk sassgrass.” Chaney’s musical upbringing compliments Carder’s sensibilities in drawing on the deep wells of country and folk. The themes of his songwriting echo his penchant for wanderlust: “Being on the road is the most exciting thing for me. I love waking up in a different place every morning.”

Along the way, they were joined by the three other ponies whose musical pedigrees are as various as the Mississippi tributaries. First to join the duo was guitarist Jason Harris, who also produced the Ponies first album Here We Are! (2012). While many modern guitarists regard themselves as emancipated from the “strictures” of classical music, Harris credits Queen for kindling his interest in Bach and Mozart. He couldn’t have predicted what came next: “I went to school for music composition and had planned on going the academic route until I heard a bluegrass guitar solo a week after I graduated and decided I didn't want to do anything else.” When he heard Carder and Chaney perform together, he became enamored of their duet Americana sound and traded his electric guitars and Brian May solos for a Martin acoustic and flatpicking lessons with Michael Daves.

Next to join was Phil Glenn—a classically trained violin player whose love of folk, Celtic, and roots music eventually got the better of him and led to Mark O’Connor’s annual Strings Camp where he won the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Award. Like his bandmates, Phil’s neo-folk pioneering with the Show Ponies represents something of a departure from his earlier influences. “Folk music was something I came to pretty late,” he explains, “but it turns out I sound better and have a lot more fun playing folk music than I ever did playing classical.”

Completing the roundup, Kevin Brown joined the Show Ponies after the release of their first album with his newly minted Masters Degree in Percussion, infusing bluegrass and folk melodies with a lifetime of dedication to the rhythms of jazz, rock, and hip-hop. Steeped in the influences of Led Zeppelin and The Mars Volta, Brown delighted in the opportunity to explore music once foreign to him. “The most exciting part of playing with the Show Ponies is combining each member’s influences into one cohesive musical package,” he says. “It doesn’t sound like anything else.”

The Show Ponies have forged their success with constant touring and critically acclaimed records while earning a devoted fan base. Both of their LP’s as well as the upcoming Run For Your Life have been entirely crowdfunded on the strength of a formidable social media presence and word of mouth in the midst of zig-zagging up and down the Pacific West with forays back to Carder’s native Texas. In addition to their long stay on the Americana Music Associations charts, the Show Ponies recently opened for Rascal Flatts, Easton Corbin and Robert Earl Keen at the 2014 Country Explosion Festival in Tooele, Utah.

For the Show Ponies, the West is still wild. Their songs endeavor to preserve its wonder and our place in it. Steeped in deep tradition, the Show Ponies achieve that rare magic of transforming what is familiar into the precious and delightful. Their melodies and poetry remind us not only of the possibility of favorite artists or even favorite songs, but of favorite moments in a song. Here we find such moments, where a song-sweetened story helps discover for us the courage to light out for the territory ahead.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty in life. There’s a lot that would suggest I don’t have it together. But in that, there’s also a lot of adventure and risk that some secure people don’t get to experience,” Chaney explains. “Our music expresses the hope of moving towards a destination that you believe exists even while the evidence may only hint at it.”

Written by Phillip and Janelle Aijian
Before The Brave - (Set time: 9:35 PM)
Before The Brave
Stepping onto the indie music scene with a spring in their step, Before the Brave have been taking audiences by great surprise – and with reat Spirit. Their sound is a fresh mix of folksy emotion and lively celebration; like something your Dad might listen to, mixed with a loud, harmonic party you’ve never quite experienced before. This band raises their glass to bravery in all of its forms, never ceasing to sing about the meaning of life, while busting stereotypes left,
right and center.

After beginning to play at local venues, the band quickly gained support from fellow bands and members of the community, which spurned them on towards recording and distributing their music to wider audiences. The project came to fruition with Before the Brave's first EP, entitled Great Spirit.
Moonsville Collective - (Set time: 8:50 PM)
Moonsville Collective is an Americana String Band that stands firm in the traditions of Old Time, Folk, Country and Rhythm and Blues. The band formed in August of 2011 in Costa Mesa, California and hit the ground running, having played some 250 shows throughout California, Nevada and Utah in the two years following. Their heavy schedule allowed for them to quickly refine their craft and soldify their family mentality, which has been essential to the success of the group.

They are often related to, and spoken of carrying the sensibilities of folk legends Levon Helm (of The Band) and Bob Dylan, the high energy of Old Crow Medicine Show, and clever lyrics like those of Hank Williams and Huddy "Ledbelly" Ledbetter. This sextet is made up of multi-instrumentalists where behind three part vocal harmonies is a mix of dobro, slide guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, 5 string banjo, resonator guitar, fiddle, mouth harp, kazoo, and a tight rhythm section of upright bass and loose drums about the stage.

OC Weekly Voted "Best Live Band of 2012″
Orange County Music Awards "Best Americana Group" 2013
CBS Los Angeles "Best Bluegrass/Americana Group in Orange County"

"The musicians in Moonsville Collective know their songs are always coming up through the landscape–the tradition. They negotiate their way through the ghosts of American history. That struggle we all feel fighting against the isolation of the rootlessness in an age of anxiety…You get to hear and see a music that emerges out of a group of artists who live and pick and sing and think and drink and eat and pray and swear together." - Matt Shedd, No Depression
Skin & Bones - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Skin & Bones
Skin & Bones is a folk/blues duo with hints of alt country and bluegrass. This cocktail of genres makes for an explosive live performance. Taylor Borsuk - Guitar, Vocals, Suitcase Drum;
Peter Blackwelder - Violin
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change