People's Blues of Richmond

Baltimore Soundstage & All Good Presents

People's Blues of Richmond

The Dirty Grass Players

Fri · May 19, 2017

10:00 pm

$12 ADV / $15 DOS

This event is all ages

People's Blues of Richmond
People's Blues of Richmond
“Take this band seriously, or miss hearing what vital guitar rock sounds like in 2016.” -Consequence of Sound

“The People’s Blues of Richmond are a different kind of rock band. One that seems to be happily detached from any one particular genre” -Baeble Music

“A psychedelic dreamland of mysterious sirens, flophouse destruction & good ol’ drug-fueled rock & roll mayhem.” -Relix

“A maelstrom of songwriting and camaraderie.” -Guitar World

“Brings to mind two recent rock LPs in particular, both by the same artist: the Black Keys. The first is 2014’s Turn Blue; the psychedelic washes of “Outta My Mind” align quite closely with the ’60s psych mood of that album. Most of all, however, it brings to mind the megahit record Brothers, with its retro-minded production and songwriting.” -PopMatters
The Dirty Grass Players
The Dirty Grass Players
The Dirty Grass Players are an up and coming band with their own spin on bluegrass. They use traditional style vocal harmonies and mix it with a jammy improvisational feel to keep listeners on their toes. They have been playing regionally in Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Coming from areas all around Baltimore, each player brings a different set of influence to the table.
Alex Berman: banjo/vocals, Ben Kolakowski: guitar/vocals, Alex Tocco: fiddle/vocals, Ryan Rogers: mandolin, Colin Rappa: bass fiddle

Ben, Ryan and Colin and their friend Steve Gallagher had started playing bluegrass together in early 2015. By summer Steve was planning on moving to Nashville and Ben had met Tocco and Berman at Dear Jerry (tribute to Jerry Garcia) and invited them to jam. Once they joined the band, they really began to shape the sound. You can hear influences of traditional bluegrass like Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Del McCoury band, as well as some heavier newgrass like Tony Rice, Infamous String Dusters, and Travelin McCourys. We also have some music that includes jazz style improvisation as well as some group improvisation similar to the Grateful Dead or Railroad Earth.

As they start to play more, their versatility shows in their original compositions and by playing tributes ranging from Old and in the Way to Iron Maiden to James Brown.
Venue Information:
Baltimore Soundstage
124 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202