Rooted in traditional American music, warped by the modern American experience and elevated by existential cosmic energy.|
The Cosmic Americana Hoedown features three Vashon Island bands in a night of serious musical absurdity at the Red Bicycle Bistro on Friday, October 18th, 8:00 PM.
The Nilbillies are an existential bluegrass trio that doesn’t play that much bluegrass. Lead billy and songwriter Steffon Moody offers his twist on the American dream backed by the animal magnetism of Kevin Almeida on stand-up bass and funky country picking from Andre Sapp on mandolin. Expect to hear original songs that sound oddly familiar, but are mostly just odd. Top YouTube videos for The Nilbillies include "Only God Knows", "Space Monkeys" and "Please Do Not Fear". "Lesbian Man" will make its on-stage debut for the band during this tour.
The band Walter and Donny are at the forefront of the cosmic Americana revival, picking up where the Flying Burrito Brothers left their flying rice and beans. Band members Rex McFarlin and Jon Stewart play a mix of Americana pop songs blending alt-country feel and elements of space-rock. Original songs draw influences from the Grateful Dead, stalwarts of outlaw country, and a sprinkling of young John Denver.
Hominy is a front porch blues band embracing acoustic roots and modern sensibilities. Their original songs are based on timeless blues backbeats but are not afraid to wander off the beaten path. Songwriters Pat Reardon and Andre Sapp pack a punch with lyrics that draw on previous masters like Suess and Zappa. Pat Reardon plays left-handed guitar and sings like his life depends on it. Dodd Johnson raises the bar then knocks it down with a hard-hitting, yet highly musical approach to the drums. Boogie McCloud provides the bottom end punch that your booty craves and Andre Sapp adds mandolin, guitar and random electronics from the garage.
This is a free cover all-ages show ‘til 11pm, then 21+ after that. Friday, October 18 at 8:30pm. At the Red Bicycle , 17618 Vashon Hwy SW