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May 18 @ 8:00 pm
with special guests cimbalomist Cory Beers and vocalist Marisol
“Enough spark to raise the dead!” —Folkworld
“Should be on prescription for those who need their spirits lifted!” —AmericanRootsUK
Masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, the Grammy-nominated California Feetwarmers draw from their Hispanic and Jewish backgrounds and are renowned for an earthy depth of character that sets them apart from others who have followed that throwback path to New Orleans, Circa 1920. Their boisterous on-stage antics are solidly underpinned by playing that is as close to the source as it can be. Their collaboration with Keb’ Mo’, BluesAmericana won them a Grammy-nomination in the Best American Roots Performance category. Based in Los Angeles, they stylishly down and re-work old classics, re-visiting material from The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshawʼs Rag Pickers. Last year they played to 1000 revellers when they sold out Glasgowʼs Old Fruitmarket during the cityʼs Celtic Connections Festival.
Cory Beers is a Los Angeles-based drummer, percussionist and one of the foremost specialists of the cimbalom (an enormous concert hammered dulcimer of Eastern European origin). He has performed works for the cimbalom in diverse classical, folk and jazz idioms with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the world and can be often heard playing with his ensemble, the Cory Beers Cimbalom Band. His precision, inventiveness and uncanny virtuosity have made him one of the most sought-after cimbalom artists in North America.
Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and she is the lead singer in the Grammy-award winning Mexican-American band “La Santa Cecilia.” The band brings inspiration from all over the world, using Pan-American rythms like rumba, bolero, cumbia, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music