Base Lodge Bluegrass Festival featuring Hot Flannel All-Stars and Deadgrass at Suicide Six
Gates open 5:30pm
Opener 6:30pm-7:30pm - Deadgrass
Main stage 8pm-9:45pm - Hot Flannel All-Stars
Chef's BBQ, Brews, Kids Activities and more!
Kids under 12 are FREE!
FREE scenic lift ride with entry between 5:30-6:15pm!
Suicide Six Ski Area, 247 Stage Road, South Pomfret, VT 05067
ABOUT THE BANDS:
Patrick Ross on fiddle, Doug Perkins on guitar, Matt Flinner on mandolin, Papi Biondo on banjo, Pat Melvin on upright.
Flannel. Hot. Put those two words together, and you’ve got the jarring juxtaposition of an adjective designed to scintillate, and a material so homespun it’s downright humble. Hot Flannel All-Stars, a head-turning group of five handsome country-boys-turned-men making newgrass music like there’s no tomorrow, embodies that same unexpected twist of grounded and ground-breaking, cozy and cathartic.
It’s been a rough or a smooth day, or a mix of both—don’t worry, these tunes are comfortable with contrast--and you’re ready to be transported into the realm of soul-lifting music where gifted musicians are mere channels for ancient messages passed through the generations to our waiting, wordless souls. You’re in good hands. Five men of the hills, clad in jeans and flannel, bearded and every-day, stand casually on stage, and we are at once at home with their unassuming strength and clear, quiet purpose. As their fingers alight on the strings, the instant transformation occurs as flannel gives way to heat, and a timeless, perfect ripple of sound and meaning envelops us and carries us away. When musicians play this comfortably, this well, this harmoniously together, the musicians themselves recede as the musical ride becomes our only experience. Hearing Hot Flannel is like floating on a tidy raft of trusty timbers down the clear running waters of an old Vermont river in the bright, hot sun. The river’s always been there, we’ve just never experienced it quite like this before. And it will never look quite the same to us again.
This particular Vermont river, like any other, has its origins deep in the nestling hills of New England. Let’s trace the varied streams that feed the river, walking back in place and time to their springs.
Vermont-born Patrick Ross doesn’t just play the fiddle—this unassuming master seems to sing the fiddle, or rather, the fiddle itself seems to sing soulfully in his strong and graceful hands. As he plays, he sometimes leans his head over, like a boy in his mother’s lap, listening quietly to the words of the stories being told to him. It’s easy to forget he’s playing at all—rather, we feel that he’s a conduit for phrases sung long ago in ancient languages. During performances, Patrick narrates in English, Quebecois, and a host of perfectly imitated accents he’s heard and naturally absorbed. A sixth-generation fiddler of French Canadian folk tunes, Patrick grew up bilingual in a close-knit family, in a tiny town on the border between the US and Canada. His ear is attuned to the sounds and contrasts of voices, cultures, and resiliency in trying times, and his music carries meaning more mature than any 30-something human has had time to invent. He’s a listener, and when he plays, we ride the memories of sound he recounts so effortlessly.
When the music ends, we feel somehow satisfied, as if the story has reached its conclusion, or the river has found the sea. Those same five guys with their earthy wooden instruments stand comfortably before us, yet they don’t look quite the same—we’ve glimpsed the sacred clothed in everyday flannel, heard the ancient voices singing through the fingers of regular folk. Ross, Perkins, Flinner, Biondo and Melvin weave their instrumentation together so readily, so joyously, with seemingly no thought other than a common destination, that they carry us like a single raft along a stream of pure, woven sound. Cool flannel has never radiated quite so much heat.
Multi-instrumentalist Matt Turk and Grammy award winner C Lanzbom joined forces to form Deadgrass, a string band adventure through Jerry Garcia’s musical world. Bassist Dave Richards, banjo player Russell Gottlieb and fiddler Michael Barrett Donovan complete this fine group of seasoned pros exploring the life works of Jerry Garcia on the instruments that first inspired him. Deadgrass celebrates and interprets the music of Jerry Garcia, drawing from Old & in the Way, JGB, Grisman/Garcia, Jerry’s Jug Band days and The Grateful Dead.
Web music authority All Music Guide, calls Matt Turk “an artist to be reckoned with.” Matt is a seasoned recording artist and multi-instrumentalist. Based out of Hastings-on- Hudson, New York, Turk is a veteran performer. He has performed and recorded with Pete Seeger, opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Fiona Apple and the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart. He has performed throughout the USA and Europe appearing at the Clearwater Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Atlanta's Music Midtown, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Beacon Theatre and The Capitol Theatre. Matt has recorded for Warner Bros Records with Gaby Moreno & Matter Music.
Grammy award winner C Lanzbom is a touring and studio guitarist with producing, performing, writing and engineering credits with Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox, Shlomo Carlebach and Soulfarm. C's studio, Sherwood Ridge, is a state of the art recording facility just north of New York City. C has numerous television and film song placements. His affection and passion for Jerry Garcia's music has been a major influence. He has absorbed Israeli-Arabic musical rhythms from travelling in the region as well as the rock and roll he grew up with along the Jersey shore.
Bassist Dave Richards performs in Hamilton on Broadway and has recorded and performed with The Indigo Girls, Rosanne Cash, Buster Poindexter, Madeline Peyroux, Jewel and Richie Havens. He has toured throughout Europe, Canada and the USA, appearing at Ottawa Jazz, Toronto Blues festival, The Hollywood Bowl and Austin City Limits. At the age of 17 Dave was playing jazz five nights a week in Orlando, Florida with Billy Peebles, the drummer for Ray Charles on many classic Atlantic recordings. Dave lives with his wife, singer-songwriter, Jane Kelly Williams and daughter in Northern New Jersey.
Banjo player Russell Gottlieb brings a wistful and propulsive sound to the banjo by drawing on influences ranging from rock to jazz and bluegrass to minimalism. Russell has toured extensively in the USA as a founding member of the New Jersey based band The Brummy Brothers, appearing at the Gathering of the Vibes, Catskill Chill, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Brooklyn Bowl, Nectar's, and World Cafe Live, opening for Melvin Seals and JGB, Leftover Salmon, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.
Fiddler Michael Barrett Donovan is a student-composer, music educator and multiinstrumentalist from the north coast of California currently living in Brooklyn. He employs his skills in writing music for composition competitions, copy-work, teaching lessons and gigging.