Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell
|Date:||Friday, June 2, 2023|
Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell | Friday, June 2, 8 p.m. | Doors open at 7 p.m.*
Tickets: $20 members; $24 not-yet-members; $12 students (13+)
Mark Schatz (Nickel Creek, Bela Fleck, Claire Lynch Band and more) and award winning instrumentalist Bryan McDowell bring two generations and backgrounds together in an unparalleled synergy, humor, beauty, and ease, taking the listener on a delightful, toe tapping journey through a landscape of fiddle and banjo tunes, songs, lilting waltzes, and searing guitar solos. Stir in some clogging, hambone, and jaw harp, then sit back and enjoy an eclectic musical feast!
This multi-generational duo presents a broad spectrum of American acoustic music. Both Schatz and McDowell are multi-instrumentalists who cruise seamlessly from old-time to bluegrass, from folk to swing, playing and singing tunes and songs, old and new, including their own original compositions. At age 18 McDowell took first place in fiddle, mandolin, and guitar at the prestigious National Flat-picking Championships in Winfield, Kansas. Schatz has toured and recorded with a who’s who of the acoustic music world including Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Tony Rice, and Tim O’Brien. The two worked together in The Claire Lynch Band from 2009 to 2014, and they’re excited to present a new and dynamic show which of course will include some of Mark’s colorful hambone and Appalachian clog dancing.
In January 2020, Schatz and McDowell started working up a duo show for festivals, small venues, and a Canadian fall tour. The time they spent together touring with the Claire Lynch Band had fostered a personal and musical rapport, which has made for a fruitful collaboration. Their show offers stylistically diverse material, ranging from traditional fiddle tunes and ballads, a Bob Dylan song, and a Louis Jordan boogie-woogie number to an Eastern European folk song on bowed bass and bluesy renderings on fretless banjo. During this time they recorded tracks for their new CD, “Grit & Polish,” which climbed quickly to No. 1 on the Folk DJ charts shortly after its release in June of 2021.
*The Kumquat Kitchen will be open at 7 p.m. for dinner. Drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase.
Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues