The Pretty Good Opry comes to Vashon’s most venerated country music venue, the Red Bicycle Bistro on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 8pm. In the tradition of historic country music radio shows from days gone by, the Opry features three acts, mixing comedy, music and the cure for what ails you.
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, serving up both fire and brimstone. The Nilbillies trio is rounded out with 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 “Lesbian Man”.
Duo Finelli is a pair of funny ladies performing slapstick, music, and dance in a bright, cartoony style. Luz Gaxiola is a Vashon native, and Molly Shannon is from San Francisco, where they met as students at the San Francisco Clown Conservatory in 2005. Since then they’ve created original works of vaudeville comedy and performed in Europe, the United States and Mexico. Luz plays accordion and Molly plays steel-bodied ukulele, with circus and comedy woven into the act. They are based on Vashon island, and love to travel the world.
The Sweet Twangs is a classic country band playing upbeat originals and classic country covers. Front man Ronnie Earl Porter has been playing guitar and singing across America over twenty years, and got together a stand up bass, marching band drums, and a singing saw to create The Sweet Twangs. Their sound is fun and energetic, with influences from Hank Williams Sr and Johnny Cash and classic country sounds.