Last year’s festival continued its diverse musical taste with Americana, Folk, Gospel/Soul, New Orleans Jazz/Brazilian and traditional Celtic music.
David Garland of WNYC radio in New York put it eloquently when he said “As Grey Reverend, LD Brown makes compelling songs with reverence for the grey, undeﬁned areas of style, and without concern for standard musical, or social expectations.”
A modern bluesman…
Grey Reverend music has been showcased on MTV, ABC, NBC, HBO, BBC and other networks worldwide, and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as The Huffington Post
The spirit of jazz. The bounce of Mardi Gras. The energy of Carnival. Music that uplifts the soul and connects the past with the future. Nation Beat takes off with be-bop-via-Brazil drumming; propelled by percussive bursts of New Orleans-flavored brass. But forget the musical history; this is music to move you, music to make you dance.
The Chivalrous Crickets is an upcoming, genre-crossing folk band exploring the intersection between Appalachian, Old Time, traditional English and Celtic, and early European art music. Ethereal voicings with superb playing of traditional sad ballads to toe-tapping jigs take the best from all these genres.
Matthews began performing in 2010, but cemented her acclaim at Lincoln Center as the 2017 New Song Music and Performance Competition grand prize winner. Crys Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers. A powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls "the poster-child for intersectionality,