June 22 – Concerts in the Park: In The Kitchen

Concerts in the Park: In The Kitchen
Americana songs and beats to get your feet flying
Thursday, June 22, 7p
at Veteran’s Memorial Park
Main Street and Railroad Avenue
Stamford NY
Sponsored by Margaretville Telephone Company

In The Kitchen got their start in a steamy kitchen of a second-story apartment in Rosendale, New York. It was a warm mid-summer evening and the boys started plucking sweet sounds as chicken, potatoes, and green beans sizzled in the oven. You might say that meal defined the band’s sound, simple and satisfying. In The Kitchen plays a mix of Americana music with hints of Bluegrass, Country, and Soul peppering their songwriting. Their live sets move through a range of emotion, with plenty of dance-able driving tunes, balanced by slower grooves with earnest lyrics and singing.

John Burdick writes for hv1: “As the name suggests, this is a true acoustic band arranged in a semicircle, a gather-around-one-microphone-for-the-folks-at-home joint. In the role of second songwriter and second shredder is mandolinist Benjy Bruno, whose simple-and-sweet songs are less intricately personal than Reutershan’s, but just as metaphorical. The chief shredder, in a genre that requires a good one, is the lyrical and ready-to-roll violinist Evan Shultis, whose willing fluidity ties everything to everything else in Reutershan’s bluegrass spiritual travelogues. Almost Almost There (2016) is an unassuming winner: unfailingly sturdy and openhearted songs, rock-energized bluegrass propulsion in a no-fuss setting, sweet licks and a gang-chant communal approach to singing by some dudes who maybe didn’t pass the choir audition in high school. The music belongs to the modern/traditional model of roots music, which is to say that it sounds timeless but involves no stylized costumes or period ruses, preferring to emphasize the evergreen values of folk rather than its historical otherness.”

In The Kitchen are Ryan Reutershan on guitar, Benjy Bruno playing banjo and mandolin, Pete Newman on bass, Evan Shultis on fiddle, and Roger LaRochelle on drums.

This event is free and open to the public. Rain location for our Concerts in the Park series is the Stamford First Presbyterian Church, 96 Main Street, Stamford, NY.