Mr Sun comprises 3 generations of some of the sharpest minds to apply themselves to the American String Band.
Legendary fiddler Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent, and represents the original "nuclear" generation of pickers who extended Bluegrass, Jazz, and Classical music to find their common ground. Joe K. Walsh is recognized as one of the foremost contemporary mandolinists, with 4 award-winning years in the Gibson Brothers. Joe has also won acclaim and affection for his vocals and his guitar and octave mandolin work. Grant Gordy is a standout in the crowded field of Acoustic Guitar Wunderkinds. Grant's work has been widely recognized for its kaleidoscopic excellence and startling emotion, fusing Jazz and Bluegrass concepts to an unprecedented degree. The group recently added the spectacular young bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, who currently studies at Curtis Institute with Edgar Meyer. Ethan is one of the most virtuosic and versatile bassists anywhere, and is now helping to revolutionize the bass' role in American String Music.
The 4 musical points-of-view in Mr Sun are so strong and personal that one might imagine the group could explode but for the palpable love and humor that emanate from every note they play. The group means to take a relaxed approach to rewriting its own chapter in the American Music Saga, with a new CD on the way, entitled The People Need Light.
...They’re not looking to invent something new, but rather to inhabit American music. And that, indeed, is the foundation of the Mr. Sun project. The... pieces here are all very different from one another, but the approach is the same, namely to take us on a tour within American music, seeing where things are today, and pointing to a range of new ideas and sounds that it has to offer. Some musicians look to tear things down in order to build up. Other musicians look to curate a form of music, keeping it a true example of the past. Mr Sun is unique in that neither of those are the point of what they are doing.
Rather, they are looking to show what’s alive in American music today, whether it’s a very old song, such as “Deep Elem Blues,” or a very new one, such as “Hunters Permit.”
7pm doors | 8pm show | $20 adv. | $25 day of