Session Americana is an absolute must-see, must-hear. Says David Greenberger of NPR:”I’d give them 100 miles. That is to say, if they’re playing anywhere within 100 miles of your home, you drive there and are grandly rewarded for your effort.”
The collaboration between Session Americana and Ali McGuirk is a perfect blend of jazzy smooth silk and raucous folk rock intertwining to produce a jubilant explosion that shines brilliantly. Session Americana performances have always felt like the reunion of old friends sitting around a table sharing stories, songs and a few beverages. The addition of McGuirk to the sound lends itself to that familiarity and mutual admiration between artists at the peak of the roots music community. The band is fluid and the energy is electric. Moving between Session Americana’s dense catalog of originals, new arrangements of Ali’s songs and covers of all sorts, this show is an effortless blending between genre and voices, collecting together to form something new and beautiful.
Session Americana is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band In a whiskey bottle. This collective of talented musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when
Jack’s bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that’s not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag”.
Saturday’s Menu (meal reservations strongly suggested)
Cafe Opens, 6pm
Overnight Pulled Pork Sammie
Slow cooked pulled pork topped with a refreshing slaw and served with a mixed greens salad with cucumber, gorgonzola, roasted pumpkin seeds & dried cranberries – $13 (GF option available)