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Upstate Rubdown with Damn Tall Buildings

  • ArtsRiot 400 Pine Street Burlington, VT, 05401 United States (map)

8:00 Doors
$10 All Ages
All Ages

Upstate Rubdown is a Hudson Valley-based acoustic septet that draws on music from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage.

What began in 2011 as a passionate though somewhat innocuous song-spinning team of Rhythm Guitarist Oliver Kammerman and Vocalists Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn hit it's pivotal moment on the day the band was meant to call it quits. In the Fall of 2012 after Kammerman had left New Paltz, the small Hudson Valley town where the group was based, Glenn and Kenney (alongside bassist and songwriter Harry D'Agostino, who had since joined the group) had every intention of putting the project to bed. They got together for an evening rehearsal one night, more as a celebration than a practice. What they got instead was a reawakening. A few hours before the rehearsal, D'Agostino had assembled Ryan Chappell (Mandolin, vocal) and Joseph Staten (Cello) with spontaneous invitations based on a couple of chance encounters. Chappell, shortly after arriving at the rehearsal, invited Dean Mahoney (Percussion, Cajon) to join. He had only met Mahoney a few days earlier, when the drummer had played a backbeat on an Altoids tin at an impromptu jam session. The chemistry between the musicians was effortless, and the material was lifted by the now full sound of percussion and strings. The group went on to draw influence and inspiration from Gospel, roots music, R and B (both old and new), Jazz, Bluegrass, latin music, and a plethora of other diverse styles, rhythms, and harmonies. In the years that have followed, the group has drawn in some of the best musicians in their area with the gravity of their groove and songwriting including Christian Joao (Baritone/alto saxophone, flute) and Ben Saldinger (Keyboards). Most notably, when Glenn spent the better part of a year in California, the group filled the void with the sultry-voiced and powerful Kate Scarlett (Vocal). When Melanie returned, the 3-part arrangements that followed became an irreplaceable component of the Upstate Rubdown sound. Most recently after an opening spot at the legendary Falcon in Marlborough, the band caught the eye of veteran producer Jason Miles. With Miles’ help, and successful crowdfunding effort, the band recorded their first full-length album A Remedy in January (set to be released in July). At an Upstate Rubdown show, you’ll hear something that may satisfy any sort of musical craving. Most of all, you’ll want to dance.

Damn Tall Buildings

Damn Tall Buildings was born in January of 2013 on Newbury Street in Boston, MA. Through busking, they practiced and performed on the street, creating their unique style of Blues, Western Swing and Bluegrass that they call Guerrilla Roots. Soon they moved into traditional venues, bringing all of what they learned busking with them. Since then, Damn Tall Buildings has performed in dozens of venues throughout New England, the East coast and Montana.
Priding themselves on their rigorous tour schedule, Damn Tall Buildings has polished their live performance, which now includes music, dancing, comedy and at times, fun facts from banjo player Jordan Alleman. DTB has performed in notable venues such as Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, the Ardmore Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA, Nectar’s in Burlington Vermont, Live From the Divide at Peach Street Studios in Bozeman, MT and the Camel in Richmond, VA. They have also performed on the main stage in music festivals throughout the New England area, including Berkleefest in Stowe, VT and Otis Mountain Get Down in Elizabethtown, NY. Last April, Damn Tall Buildings released their first full-length record, ‘Cure-All’. They have just released their brand new self-titled record on July 23rd 2015.