12th Annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival Feb 12-21
Bluegrass Bonanza
9:00 pm Friday, February 18, 2011
Plough & StarsHandicapped accessible21 and older show
116 Clement Street
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www.theploughandstars.com

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The Earl Brothers are San Francisco's best kept Hillbilly secret and they're back with another amazing CD! It's been ten years since they started working on a style that has become their unique trademark -- modern-day outlaw mountain hillbilly music...sure that's a long name, but the Earls are worth every word. Check out the October issue of Bluegrass Unlimited for the life story of Bobby Earl Davis & The Earl Brothers. The band is Robert Earl Davis (banjo, lead vocals), Danny Morris (guitar, lead vocals), James Touzel (bass, vocals), and Tom Lucas (fiddle, vocals).

Henhouse Prowlers, the award-winning, powerhouse Chicago string band quartet, perform their brand of innovative bluegrass for audiences all across the country. They describe their sound as new traditional, noting that much of their material is original, yet it touches on classic bluegrass themes such as love, loss, work, regret and death..... The Prowlers' fresh, descriptive songs have been featured in the PBS series "The Ride of Our Lives," and currently they have two CDs on the shelf and another due for release in early 2011. The Prowlers have shared the stage with everyone from jamgrassers like Cornmeal, to true bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs. Their energetic live shows appeal to young and old alike, winning over audiences with a wide repertoire of much-loved standards to complement their own unique musical narratives. Guitar-Eric Lambert, Doghouse Bass-Jon Goldfine, Mandolin-Grant Ziolkowski, Banjo-Ben Wright.

This unpretentious all-acoustic string band from the mountains of southern West Virginia play with an authenticity rarely heard in these times. BrownChicken BrownCow StringBand blends old-time fiddle music with shades of gypsy, folk, jazz, celtic, and bluegrass to deliver a fresh sound with a driving rhythm and sophisticated melodic arrangements that provoke audiences across the country to rave about their talent. Xander Hitzig (lead vocals, fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo) writes many of the songs along with Justin Morris (vocals, guitar, bass, five-string banjo), Orion Hitzig (vocals, mandolin, claw hammer banjo, spoons), and Matt Del Olmo (vocals, bass, guitar, 5-string banjo). The string band is exciting to watch as they play waltzes, reveries, reels, and stomps, and join the audience in drinking and merriment. The familiar becomes strange, and the strange familiar; a tension rises up in the playful songs, and there is an edge to even the most romantic themes. The band moves from romping jigs and swinging dances to seductive ballads, uniquely styled covers, and wholly original songs about love, relationships, coal miners, tragic murders, driving with red glasses, and storms that won’t drown out their sound. This is music the entire family can enjoy.