Michael Daves & Friends with Tatiana Hargreaves, BB Bowness, Cesar Moreno & Erik Alvar

by Jalopy Theatre
Michael Daves & Friends with Tatiana Hargreaves, BB Bowness, Cesar Moreno & Erik Alvar
Sun, 12 May 2024 (EDT)
07:30PM - 09:30PM
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Doors @ 7:30pm, Show @ 8pm
$20 adv / $25 dos

Heralded as “a leading light of the New York bluegrass scene” by the New York Times, Georgia-born guitarist/singer Michael Daves has garnered attention for his work with Tony Trischka, Steve Martin, and Chris Thile, with whom he shares a Grammy nomination for their 2011 album Sleep With One Eye Open. Daves’ unruly interpretations of American roots music standards have won him a place of almost fanatical admiration as a "renegade traditionalist." His most recent project is the double album Orchids and Violence, which renders identical track lists in contrasting bluegrass and experimental electric styles.

Over the past decade, Tatiana Hargreaves has been on the forefront of an up and coming generation of old time, bluegrass and new acoustic musicians. From placing first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest, to her bluegrass fiddling on Laurie Lewis’ GRAMMY-nominated album The Hazel And Alice Sessions, Hargreaves shows a musical fluency that flows between old time and bluegrass worlds with ease. She has toured with musicians such as Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky and Jake Blount. She currently tours with banjo extraordinaire Allison de Groot and teaches bluegrass fiddle at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Born in the small town of Marton, New Zealand, Catherine "BB" Bowness spent her early years working and living in her family's Fish-and-Chip shop. Although an unlikely origin for a bluegrass banjo player, New Zealand would offer BB her first introduction to the instrument, sparking a lifelong love and fascination. A world away from the heart of bluegrass, BB spent much of her childhood teaching herself the instrument, and through dedication and tenacity became New Zealand School of Music's first banjo student. Inspired by her New Zealand predecessors, The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, BB was always drawn to the five-piece full band, and after heading to America in 2012 she co-founded her current group, Mile Twelve. Immersing herself in the traditions of bluegrass and having studied jazz performance at university, BB's banjo playing is an exciting synthesis of new and old ideas. "She demonstrates a command of the instrument, and plays with great rhythmic clarity both in the traditional and progressive realms. J.D. Crowe co-mingles with the future," says Tony Trischka.  Her euphoric energy and love of the genre are readily apparent in any of her live performances. Currently, BB lives in Cambridge, MA. Mile Twelve has won numerous IBMA awards, including 2020 New Artists of the Year and 2017 Momentum Band of the Year. BB won the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo contest and was a winner of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize in 2020.

Born and raised in The Bronx, New York. With over 10 years of professional musical experience, Cesar Moreno fell in love with bluegrass the moment he stepped into the deep and rich community that exists in New York City. Inspired by bluegrass legends, Cesar's playing style blends tradition with innovation, and mixes a healthy dose of bluegrass standards as well as covers of tunes across all genres featuring bluegrass instrumentation.  As he continues to make his mark in the bluegrass scene, Cesar's dedication and passion for the music are evident in every performance, solidifying his reputation as a standout musician in the genre. Cesar is fresh off a European tour with the Chris Luquette East Coast band and is planning an US tour with Pennsylvania musician Shane McGeehan. When he is not touring he is a staple of the local NYC bluegrass scene.

From traditional to modern and from bluegrass to jazz, classical, and beyond Erik Alvar has studied and performed with some of the most revered musicians in their respected genres. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Florida, where he was fully funded working as a jazz graduate assistant, Alvar made the move to Brooklyn, NY where he is swiftly finding his way into the local music scene. Alvar grew up in Florida studying bass and mandolin while performing around the state with his father and brother in a band called the Surf Road Project. Continuing on this path Alvar went on to the Florida State University to earn a degree in commercial music where he studied recording technology, music engineering, and producing as well as business, jazz, and classical bass. The next move took him to Nashville, TN where within two weeks of arriving he was on a tour bus and travelling the country. Alvar quickly became a first call bluegrass bassist working with bands such as Billy Strings, the Jim Hurst Trio, and Rebecca Frazier. While there he also performed on the second national tour of A Christmas Story, a Musical out of New York City along with other theater productions such as Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes and Classic Nashville Roadshow. In addition to performing and recording, Alvar keeps up a busy schedule teaching with a private studio that includes upright bass, electric bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele students both online and in person.