Gritty City Stringfest: Haymarket Squares

The Orpheum Presents:

Gritty City Stringfest: Haymarket Squares

RUN BOY RUN, Muskellunge

Friday, October 6 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

This event is all ages

Plus Fees

Gritty City Stringfest: Haymarket Squares
Gritty City Stringfest: Haymarket Squares
Armed with tight vocal harmonies, bluegrass instruments and a heaping dose of righteous indignation, The Haymarket Squares are Arizona's premier purveyors of punkgrass.

Founded in 2009, the band has released 4 albums and played more than 500 shows in the U.S., Canada and Europe. They've developed a loyal following among folks who appreciate rabble-rousing lyrics wrapped in a catchy melody. When comparisons come up, they're often to bands like Devil Makes Three, Old Crow Medicine Show or an acoustic Flogging Molly — folks who take traditional music and turn it up a notch.

Known for long sets and short songs, a typical Haymarket Squares show features ecstatic dancing, blindingly fast mandolin and broad smiles. As the Arizona Republic put it, "They’re smart. They’re funny. They’re raging against the machine in four-part harmony." Who knew changing the world (or at least singing about it) could be so much fun?

The Haymarket Squares have provided direct support to a growing list of national and regional acts, including The Meat Puppets, Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Old Man Markley, Greensky Bluegrass, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Hot Buttered Rum, March Fourth Marching Band, and Young Dubliners, among others. They've landed main stage slots at such festivals as Pickin' in the Pines, Tucson Folk Festival, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Apache Lake Music Festival, and more.
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their new album Something to Someone, released October 28th on Sky Island Records, has been praised by Performer Magazine, All Music Guide, PopMatters, The Guardian, and others. The album was recorded at historic Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington with producers Ryan Hadlock and Jerry Streeter (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, Elephant Revival), whose attention to detail shines in Run Boy Run's multi-voiced and multi-stringed arrangements. It’s no surprise that the band counts Garrison Keillor of NPR's 'A Prairie Home Companion' and renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke among their growing legion of fans.

The band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sistersBekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals) and bass player Jesse Allen. With three strong female voices, singing separately or in harmony, and deeply rooted familial connection to traditional American music, Run Boy Run didn't come lately to their sound; it's in their collective blood.

The unique sound of the band is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, continuing a sense of innovation in traditional American music put forth by bands such as Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and The Wailin' Jennys. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and brimming with beauty. Three strong female voices weave a tapestry of sound, and the award-winning fiddlers cut a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is – at its core – captivating.

From winning the band contest at Pickin’ In The Pines (mere weeks after forming in 2009) and a special appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012, to two appearances on NPR's 'A Prairie Home Companion' (host Garrison Keillor was also impressed enough that he penned the liner notes to the band's debut album), they were tagged by Paste Magazine as “One of the top 10 Arizona bands to hear now.” They've been making fans across the U.S. with their open-ended musical approach and dynamic stage presence, and will take that live show back across the country coast to coast this summer and fall.
Muskellunge consists of: Nolan McKelvey (Vocals/Guitar), Aaron Tyler (Mandolin/Vocals), Tim Hogan (Bass/Vocals), Frank Dedera (Banjo), and Ron James (Drums).

Nolan McKelvey moved back to Arizona from Boston in 2004 after being dubbed "Central to the Somerville (Boston) roots revival" (WBUR Boston) and quickly formed Muskellunge. Over the course of his twenty year career he has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Pickin in the Pines Festival, and many more. Nolan's band won a Boston Music Award for "best folk act", and he has performed on nationally syndicated "Nashville Bluegrass Breakdown" and "World Cafe" radio shows. He has opened for bluegrass legends like Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, Bela Fleck, and Sam Bush, as well as broad range of artists including Greg Brown, Jack Johnson, Billy Currington, Sugarland, and Odetta among many more. Nolan has been dubbed "One of the best songwriters of the Southwest" (FlagLive!), and was elected "Best Musician in Flagstaff" by the Arizona Daily Sun Reader's Poll.

Aaron Tyler is renowned across the southwest for his incredible mandolin skills. Aaron has performed in and around Arizona for over twenty years and won the title "state champion" at the Wickenberg Bluegrass Festival Mandolin competition. Aaron is a also a two-time band competition finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. His playing has been referred to as "adrenolin" for his unmatched speed and dexterity. Nolan and Aaron have been performing together since 1994 in various projects in Arizona.

Tim Hogan has traveled the country in several nationally renowned acts including Acoustic Semi, and the In-Betweens. Tim's "Muskellunge Bass" (Azola electric upright) always garners attention, but it is his creative and melodic bass lines that lay the foundation for the band. He is a phenomenal harmony vocalist and sings the bulk of the harmonies in Muskellunge.

Frank Dedera is a one of the founding members of legendary Arizona band 'Flying South' which included bluegrass legends Tom Rozum and Peter McLauglin. Frank has performed at festivals throughout the southwest and four corners region over his 30+ year career. His clean, creative banjo lines provide the driving force behind the "bluegrass" sound of Muskellunge.

Ron James is an incredibly diverse and talented musician who has been performing for over twenty-five years in every style of music imaginable. Ron has toured extensively on the west coast of the United States, in Thailand, and in Europe with bands including Limbs Akimbo, Onus B. Johnson, and Chuck Hall Band. Ron lives and performs in Flagstaff with several current projects ranging from Jazz, to Rock, to Blues, to Bluegrass, and everything in-between. He is a truly deep and soulful musician whose presence in Muskellunge helps to provide the extra kick that separates them from other contemporary bluegrass bands.

Muskellunge is contemporary, original American music that incorporates the traditions of the past into the topics of today.