Focal Point Friends of Traditional Jazz, Blues & Ragtime Present: Lovestruck Balladeers (with opening set by the St. Louis Steady Grinders)
The Lovestruck Balladeers bring traditional music into the 21st century with all the energy of a train disaster. They might whip out a lost melody from a forgotten mandolin folio or they might play a Mexican waltz. They might push into a renegade re-arrangement of a swing standard or get down with a country rag. They are the five scorpion sons of a West Virginia dance hall, a Little Italy tourist attraction, and a Oaxacan birthday party. Together, or on their own paths, this stellar band of traveling musicians has traversed the country and the globe, carrying traditional styles into modern times. The versatile quintet features twin fiddles, clarinet, guitars, a mandolin trio, upright bass, banjo, piano, and vocal harmonies. Their repertoire is a rare repository of American and international music seldom heard beyond the walls of low-lit dance halls found at the edge of the known world. The past never sounded so palpable. Hailing from across the United States and Canada, The Lovestruck Balladeers are: Jake Sanders, Aaron Jonah Lewis, Dennis Lichtman, Sean Cronin, and Dalton Ridenhour.