The Lady Banjo Show

The Lady Banjo Show

Friday, June 28th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Evie Ladin Band
Evie Ladin Band
"Think Rhiannon Giddens with less publicity and you will not be far wrong..a truly original sound in new old-time Americana.” - fRoots

"The best example I have seen of a Neo-Trad band's sound being authentically anchored in old time music but extending it into new and entertaining directions." - Founder, Clifftop Stringband Contest


Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers, Evie Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson throw down an unusually entertaining live show with three-part harmony, instrumental chops and sonic surprises. In 2019 they release two CDs, celebrating both of their musical sides: one totally trad fiddle/banjo duets, and one adventurous covers and originals. Grounded in old-time repertoire, writing clever lyrics with mature arrangements, intermingling music and dance, the performance experience is a stand-out.

The polyrhythmic heat of Evie's clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Born and raised on Southern music, from inner city Baltimore to Oakland, she has taken home ribbons in folk song from Mt Airy, NC Fiddler’s Convention, and Neo-Trad Band from the Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop, WV. “She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit - a sharp intelligence,” Grant Alden, No Depression.

Evie has graced the Freight stage numerous times, with this band, the Stairwell Sisters, the International Body Music Festival, and many other projects. You can find her here many Tuesday nights when she’s not touring, leading the Clawhammer Banjo program since we opened at this site.

Keith Terry (bass, percussion, body music, vocals) is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and the founder of the International Body Music Festival. A pioneer in contemporary Body Music, Keith produces large-scale intercultural collaborations and educational outreach. Keith brings a cinematic ear to playing bass as tonal percussion, with bells, box, body and toys.

Erik Pearson (guitar, banjo, bass, vocals) is a musician's musician with the Crooked Jades, storyteller Diane Ferlatte, and his solo projects. His original banjo tune Fork & File was the soundtrack for a rapids rafting scene in Sean Penn's movie Into the Wild.
Emily Bonn & The Vivants
Emily Bonn & The Vivants
Largely inspired by the energy of old-time dance tunes, honky-tonk country, and western swing, The Vivants play their own brand of American roots music, shining up dusty melodies with modern arrangements.

In former incarnations, Emily performed in San Francisco subway stations, Belgian prisons, Appalachian corner stores, and at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. As a former member of the critically acclaimed country band, The Whoreshoes, she shared stages with the legendary rockabilly singer, Wanda Jackson, Old Crow Medicine Show and Devil Makes Three.

The Vivants include stellar performers, Jody Richardson on fiddle, foot percussion and vocal harmonies, James Touzel on upright bass, and Isaac Bonnell on piano accordion.

We are lucky to know more Vivants who have raised our musical game including: Anna Levitt (fiddle and vocals), Tom Lucas (fiddle, banjo, vocals), Janese Hurley (fiddle, vocals), Roxanne Oliva (accordion, vocals) and Greg Dunn (upright bass).
Molly Tuttle
Molly Tuttle