Jon Stickley Trio has been making waves with the independent and fan-funded release of their 2nd album, Lost at Last, this past October. The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers. Lost at Last was recorded in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at the iconic Echo Mountain Studios under the watchful eye of producer Dave King (The Bad Plus).
The New York Times’ Nate Chinen writes “… there’s hardy cohesion among the players — no less on the Gypsy standard ‘Valse de Wasso’ than on ‘Darth Radar’ a turbocharged original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and friends turn to bluegrass, as on ‘The High Road,’ by Tim O’Brien, they sound both respectful and free.” Premier Guitar Magazine also took note of “Darth Radar,” with Jason Shadrick calling it, “a rapid-fire take that moves from a serious ska beat to burning surf-style runs that would make Dick Dale proud.”
The Academy Blues Project is a powerhouse rhythm section founded in 2005 and based in New York City.
The ABP blends funk grooves and the bluesy wail of frontman Mark Levy for an irresistibly eccentric sound that draws from the likes of Talking Heads and the Mothers of Invention. Their propulsive live shows tend towards the outrageous & theatrical, while lyrically they spin offbeat narratives about everything from witches’ hats to shipwrecks to the mysteries of the Hollywood Hills.
The band performs regularly in New York City and are currently recording their debut album at the venerable Moon Lab Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
For this performance, The ABP will debut acoustic arrangements of some of their familiar ‘electric’ tunes.