The Benefit Show
7:30 pm Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cafe du Nord21 and older show
2170 Market Street
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Featuring: Front Country, Possum & Lester, The Skinny, Nobody From Nashville

Front CountryFront Country (San Francisco) are a who’s who of Bay Area bluegrass and country pickers – featuring members of the Whisky Richards, the Midnight Gamblers, the Heel Draggers, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys. Formed in 2011 as a collective of the hottest pickers in town, to play a monthly gig in San Francisco’s Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport that was open to challenging arrangements, unique covers and original songwriting. Their repertoire rapidly expanded and in January of 2012 Front Country became the second Northern California band in three years to win the prestigious RockyGrass band competition. The band is; Adam Roszkiewicz (mandolin), Jacob Groopman (guitar), Jordan Klein (banjo), Leif Karlstrom (fiddle), Melody Walker (guitar), and Zach Sharpe (upright bass).

Possum & LesterPossum & Lester are the acoustic stringband offspring, grandchildren and step cousins to the Pine Box Boys, Kemo Sabe, Diego's Umbrella. Not quite as dark, spooky, and drunk as their older kin, but somehow are much older than their kin. It's weird, but true. After all, these hillbillies do come from the backwoods of Arkansas and Oklahoma. Possum and Lester's repertoire date back to the early days of stringband music (1900-1930) and to the early days of bluegrass (1940s). The band features: Lester Raw (Pine Box Boys) on vocals and acoustic guitar, Possum (Pine Box Boys) on banjo and vocals, Cary Kirk (Kemo Sabe) on mandolin and vocals, Col.Leather (Pine Box Boys) on bass, Jason Kleinberg (Diego's Umbrella) on fiddle, and featuring some of the best and worst jokes you've never heard. You won't wanna miss this all new experience!

The SkinnyThe Skinny are sprouts from the East Bay with some new-fangled ways of playing the old time music we love so much – a knee-slapping, tear-jerking, foot-stomping crowd playing not-so-traditional folk and bluegrass sounds, and loving every minute of it. These pickers combine sweet harmonies with dobro, banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, ukelele and a rockin bass line, pulling you in 'til you wanna pick up anything that makes noise and play along too.

Nobody from NashvilleNobody from Nashville (Bay Area) won the 2012 SFBOT Festival band competition and now they are lending a hand to this year’s benefit show. Nobody from Nashville is a new, up and coming San Francisco Bay Area string band. Members of the band met at the Station Inn and Bluebird Café in Nashville. Just kidding. Nobody from Nashville actually features nobody from Nashville. The band “accidentally” formed in the summer of 2011 at a popular bluegrass festival in California, when discovered that once they started jamming together, nobody wanted to stop and the band was born. Tah-dah!