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I guess a lot of people have asked me when I’m playing the festival and I say, well, I’m not I’m just hosting this year. I’m really glad I made this decision because just trying to put on the show itself has been more work than I can handle, and I’m just glad I don’t have to think about performing as well.
The hardest part of putting this on was booking it. I tried a million ways and I could never get all the bands I wanted into the show this year. There are just too many good ones.
What I settled on was splitting the slots evenly between men and women. That was about as fair as I could make it.
I started this show because I was inspired by all the different pathways people found to making country music in New York City. They came from here, or like me, were from out of town. They were professional musicians or they were self-taught. But all of them had one thing in common, they just couldn’t help playing this music in this city.
Someone once told me that country music became popular with folks in cities who wanted to be reminded of the farm. I guess that’s what I was trying to do too.
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The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival presents four days of country and bluegrass music Homegrown in New York City on August 20-23, 2015 at The Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York.
Legendary folk musician Ramblin’ Jack Elliot will headline the show on Sunday, August 23, 2015, following a set by Brooklyn’s own Mamie Minch. Over two dozen bands will join in the festivities over four days which will be hosted by festival organizer Alex Battles & and comedienne Linda Hill.
The Brooklyn Country Music Festival has seen nine installments at venues such as Freddy’s Bar, Southpaw, Hank’s Saloon, and Jalopy. This will be the first Brooklyn Country Music Festival at The Bell House.
Pick a day and bring your friends! Tickets start at just $15 for Thursday and Friday! Four day passes just $50!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree / Bob Jones & Jon Sholle / Terry Radigan / Lil’ Mo & the Monicats / Zephaniah & the 18 Wheelers / Lindy Loo & Her Lucky Fellers / Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave / The Defibulators / Sean Kershaw & The New Jack Ramblers
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A GRAND LITTLE OPRY
The barbecue festival will have its share of country music, but if you’re left wanting, the Bell House is warming up for the Brooklyn Country Music Festival a couple of months early with its Peekaboo Opry.
Three acts share the bill, including the band Van Hayride — and if you’re thinking it’s a countrified Van Halen tribute band, you’re correct.
Julia Haltigan, a New York native whose Lower East Side roots have led her to infuse grunge into more traditional folk sounds, is also performing. (Look up her song “My Green Heart” on YouTube.)
Rounding out the lineup are Aron Blue and the Bootleggers, a honky-tonk/rock hybrid. They’ve written Brooklyn-themed songs any local audience member can understand, like one with the lyric “You know the G train, it won’t take you home till you’re almost gone.” Good to know, considering the Bell House is a few blocks from the G.
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The Tenth Brooklyn Country Music Festival will stomp on into The Bell House on August 20-23, 2015. As with all previous installments, the show will feature a selection of the acts based in and originating from New York City, dedicated to the question of what sort of country music emanates from the sidewalks of the five boroughs.
A full lineup will be released on June 2, 2015. In the meantime, please consider following The Brooklyn Country Music Festival (fb, twitter) and The Bell House (fb, twitter) for updates. Thank you kindly for your attention.
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