As flannel season rolls into Philadelphia, Ardmore Music Hall prepares to welcome a healthy dose of classic and fresh Americana/roots talent to the Main Line. Beginning on September 24th, the venue will host a diverse collection of artists from these genres, including jazz guitarist John Scofield, modern roots Americana band Blitzen Trapper, New Orleans blues-soul hybrid N.M.O., “newgrass” mandolin player Sam Bush, progressive bluegrass ensemble Yonder Mountain String Band, bluegrass jam bands The Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin Band, and indie-folk quartet Darlingside.
Kicking off the season on Saturday, September 24th is legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield, performing a new show called “No Country for Old Men” based on his most recent album of the same name. With this project, Scofield melds old and new, as he reinvents classic and outlaw country melodies with his own jazz twist, with the help of several of his closest friends from the jazz world – Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart and Larry Goldings.
As Scofield puts it, “We’re going to turn ‘outlaw’ country tunes into jazz vehicles. We improvise while keeping the integrity, character and twang of this wonderful American music. I’ve always loved country music and am super excited to put my treatment of them into play.” Be prepared to hear jazz renditions of classic tunes by George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Patti Page and even Shania Twain to name a few!
Then on Friday, September 30th, WXPN welcomes rockers Blitzen Trapper. The band has crafted one of the more compelling and varied catalogs in contemporary rock and roll with music that travels through everything from country, psychedelia and soul to prog, garage and metal, indulges gloriously in the classic rock of the 70s and 80s. This month, Blitzen Trapper released their first live album recorded at Jack White’s Third Man Records’ headquarters in Nashville. Their show at AMH will feature a mostly stripped-down acoustic experience where the band will share the inspirations behind some of their most beloved songs, including those from their favorite songwriters and influences.
On Thursday, October 6th, North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne present: N.M.O. Fusing the Dickinson Brothers’ blues-infused rock and roll with Anders Osborne’s unique brand of New Orleans soul, these two acts intertwine their catalogs to create a live electric and acoustic collaboration on stage. On their last visit to AMH in February 2015, NMO sold out the show, and they are expected to do the same this time around.
GRAMMY award winner and mandolinist Sam Bush comes to AMH on Friday, October 7th. The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride has long since established himself as roots royalty, creating stylistic innovations that have changed the course of bluegrass and roots music alike. His latest album, Storyman, is a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound.
Progressive bluegrass giants Yonder Mountain String Band make their debut at AMH on Sunday, October 16th. For nearly 18 years, YMSB has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation. YMSB recently introduced Allie Kral (vocals, fiddle) and Jake Joliff (vocals, mandolin) to diversify their sound and start a new era of YSMB music.
Then on Saturday, October 22nd, former YMSB mandolinist and frontman Jeff Austin will perform with his own namesake band as part of our Grateful Ball, featuring The Travelin’ McCourys & Jeff Austin Band. No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music as The Travelin’ McCourys. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. Both the Jeff Austin Band and Travelin’ McCourys will each play a set of original music, followed by a set of Grateful Dead tunes.
WXPN welcomes Darlingside at AMH on Friday, October 21st. Described by Rolling Stone as a blend of Guster and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the quartet’s subtle musical shadings take cues from 60s folk, chamber pop, bluegrass, classical music, and modern indie rock. Darlingside made a lasting impression on this year’s Philly Folk Fest audience, and the buzz has not faded since.
Tickets are now on sale for all of these shows. All shows are 21+ unless a minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For more information about these upcoming shows and to purchase tickets, visit www.ArdmoreMusic.com.
The Ardmore Music Hall has established itself as a premiere landing spot for many renowned local and national touring musical acts. Features include a state-of-the-art sound system, a wide dance space, and 20+ craft beers on draught. The venue is located at 23 East Lancaster Ave, and is easily accessible by public transportation with the R-5 regional line. Visit the AMH website for the most up-to-date information regarding the venue and a full listing of upcoming events.