Cuchulain Kelly, singer-songwriter best known on the DC scene for co-founding the folk rock band Handsome Hound, is releasing a special solo album and he’d like you to hear it live. There will be horns. There will be a performance by the string quartet rogue collective. There will be a Balkan women’s choir. There will be an Eastern European bluegrass romp.
Come on down for a funky fresh evening of song and dance at TROPICALIA. [NOTE VENUE CHANGE]
$10 advance / $13 day of show
Doors at 9, Music at 9:30
About the album:
The twelve songs on the album range from samba to hip hop, from second line to rock n roll, from country to choral music, always with an undercurrent of American folk. They are love songs and protest songs. They were written as early as 2014 and as late as spring 2017.
About the openers:
Boaty Otis is a DC-based swamp band, bringing together equal parts Eastern European brass, Cajun fiddle tunes, and dirty southern r&b. Playing loud honking tunes with dirty finger nail beats that make you want to boogie, Boaty Otis wants to help you live your best life. Get ready, get sweaty, get Boaty.
An all-woman vocal ensemble dedicated to preserving and sharing traditional music from Bulgaria and Eastern Europe, Orfeia was founded in 2006 by the legendary Bulgarian singer Tatiana Sarbinska. Orfeia celebrates the rich and varied folk music traditions of Bulgaria and the Balkans. From the motifs of village life to the sacred and spiritual, from medieval to modern adaptations, Orfeia presents an authentic Balkan sound in the context of its cultural and folkloric traditions.
ROGUE COLLECTIVE, based in the Washington DC area, explores “the gap” between classical and popular music through collaboration, original composition, improvisation and performance. RC takes the form of a string quartet—a configuration of instruments that has been at the forefront of music making for centuries—and re-imagines it for a contemporary audience.