Come and kick up some dust with us on Saturday, February 4th, with Acoustic Disc recording artists, Old School Freight Train, NorthernBlues recording artist, David Jacobs-Strain, and world renowned, multi-instrumentalist and special guest, Joe Craven. This will be a night Sebastopol will never forget. Drinks, Food, and Dancing GUARENTEED.

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Doors at 8:00pm
Show at 9:00pm
All Ages

234 Hutchings Ave
Sebastopol, CA

$12 in advance, $15 at the door
(purchase adv tix @ the Last Record Store & Incredible Records)

Old School Freight Train
Old School Freight Train, a dynamic young band from Charlottesville, Virginia, creates an innovative style that is a force to reckon with in the world of contemporary acoustic music. Combining thought-provoking lyrics with captivating melodies, soulful vocals, virtuosic instrumentals and imaginative arrangements, OSFT offers a unique musical experience that speaks far beyond their years. Old School emerged as a band in 2000, put out their first self-titled album in 2002, and in 2004, caught the ears of David Grisman, the legendary mandolin player who signed them to his Acoustic Disc label and now also has OSFT opening and then backing him at some shows. Old School Freight Train is comprised of the distinctly smooth vocals and songwriting talent of guitarist Jesse Harper, the ecstatic mandolin stylings of Pete Frostic, Ben Krakauer's jazzy 5-string banjo finesse, the poetic fiddling of Nate Leath and backbone upright bass of Darrell Muller. Their synergistic interaction and contagious musical passion has made them the new acoustic band to watch.

David Jacobs-Strain emerged from the rain soaked mountains of Western Oregon storming the festival circuit as a dynamic blues prodigy. Like a diesel powerhouse of raw energy, David speeds across the landscape of the Country Blues to the earthbound grooves of the Mississippi Delta, with his driving slide guitar and fervent vocals. He has a passion for stretching the limits of the blues with his blazing guitar breakdowns that verge on psychedelia and highlight his intimate knowledge of the fretboard. At twenty-two, David Jacobs-Strain's "material comes across like a master as yet undiscovered, an acoustic gem ready to take on all comers and deservedly waiting his place among the elite of his profession." Greg Johnson, Cascade Blues Notes.

Joe Craven wears many hats and plays many things. He's a madman with anything that has strings attached. His stage setup more often resembles a yard sale. But there's more to Craven than meets the ear. Multi-instrumentalist of the David Grisman Quintet from 1989 to 2005, Grisman deemed Craven, "the world's most versatile sideman." Versatile sideman sure, but utterly unique frontman? You bet. By combining his love for traditional American folk, blues, jazz, and country music, his equal passion for world music's unique melodies and rhythms, and an artist's playful sense that anything can be a musical instrument if you just look at it right, Craven successfully creates a musically challenging yet thoroughly delightful mix.


[Published on: 1/19/06]

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rpmills starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/19/2006 01:42PM
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OSFT is a downright great time. Saw them with Grisman in SF and on their own @ High Sierra. Both times the band brought a ton of energy which definitely got the blood flowing and the feet moving. The fiddle player is very energetic and plays some nasty licks (ala Tim Carbone and Darol Anger). Check them out, as well as, their sweet cover of Superstitious on the album.