Allison de Groot & Nic Gareiss in an Intimate Show at Rose City Folk School in Portland (Monday, February 18 at 7:30pm)
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
Do not miss this amazing show with two incredible, internationally-known artists... Clawhammer banjo and percussive dance -- what could be better?
Allison de Groot & Nic Gareiss in an Intimate, Acoustic show
Leela Grace opens
Monday, February 18 at 7:30pm (doors at 7pm). All ages. Space limited. General Admission.
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
Rose City Folk School
5140A NE 42nd Avenue Portland, OR 97218
Allison de Groot combines love and passion for old-time music, technical skill, and a creative approach to the banjo forming her own sound – unique and full of personality. Although firmly rooted in old-time and traditional music, she has shown her ability to collaborate and create outside this genre, pushing the boundaries of the clawhammer banjo. Allison has toured all over the world, and is currently performing with The Goodbye Girls, Molsky's Mountain Drifters (Bruce Molsky & Stash Wyslouch) and various other Canadian and American artists. In 2012, Allison was awarded the Slaight Family Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she went through the American Roots Program on clawhammer banjo. "Allison has it all.....great clawhammer technique, exquisite tone, timing, taste. She has deep roots in the old time tradition and yet she's fearless when it comes to breaking new ground. It's a thrill whenever I get a chance to play with her."- Tony Trischka.
Named one of 2019's "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine, Michigan-born dancer and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has been hailed by the New York Times for his "dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance," and called "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized in fifteen countries for over ten years with many of the luminaries of traditional music. Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. Gareiss's essay, "An Buachaillín Bán: Reflections on One Queer's Performance within Traditional Irish Music & Dance" appears in the book Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings edited by Clare Croft on Oxford University Press. He is currently artist-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh. www.nicgareiss.com
Leela Grace is a nationally-known singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, percussive dancer and teacher of music and dance originally from Missouri. Leela has performed and taught nationally for over 25 years, first with her family, and now as a solo musician and with her sister Ellie Grace (as Leela and Ellie Grace). Since moving to Portland, Oregon in 2007, she has built a tremendous following, teaching popular banjo, by-ear harmony singing, and Appalachian clogging classes. In 2014, Leela embarked on the new adventure of motherhood when her daughter was born. In April of 2018, she opened her own school of music and dance in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland, , Rose City Folk School! She has earned critical and audience praise for the "great depth and insight" of her original songs, which have been featured on NPR's All Songs Considered and chosen for inclusion on a "Best of Portland Acoustic Music" compilation CD. She picked up the banjo as a young teen and has developed her own exceptional clawhammer banjo style, marked by clear, bright melodies and powerful rhythm. www.leelagracemusic.com