Near Northeast

Near Northeast

The Hills and Rivers, The Plate Scrapers

Sun Jun 17

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

Near Northeast
Near Northeast
Near Northeast collects and rearranges sounds from around the globe. They collaborate with Indianclassical musicians and Western classical cellists. They set Turkish hand drums over tiny drum machines. They layer complex folk harmonies atop crashing guitars. Near Northeast formed in Washington, DC shortly after meeting while playing a South Asian music festival at the Kennedy Center. Guitarist Avy has made music in San Francisco, Portland, Europe, and India. Antonio developed his approach to percussion in Bosnia and New Mexico. Violinist and vocalist Kelly grew up singing and playing in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. Austin took up the bass during his childhood in Virginia. While their aesthetics reflect the music on which they each cut their teeth --- Latin American, Indian, Balkan, and Appalachian --- their songwriting chemistry and musically adventurous spirit reach past these reference points.

Near Northeast released their debut full-length Curios in 2015. In 2017, the band followed up with True Mirror, their full-length second album, and with Indali Variations 1-8, a cassette single featuring meditative ambient music. While True Mirror shares aesthetics and instrumentation with its predecessor, it forges forward into new ground as a band building both craft and confidence atop a strong foundation built of diverse musical backgrounds. The songs, at-times darker in tone but also more varied in their musical exploration, take Near Northeast's finely executed indie-folk sound to new heights, with acoustic ballads, electronica-inspired elegies, roof raisers and barn stompers.

Near Northeast has been featured in the Washington Post ("a world music flavor, with a little Indian influence"), DCist (”rolls in stormy waves”), Washington City Paper ("fuses Graceland grooves with ornate, chamber-pop flourishes"), D.C. Music Download ("some of the standouts were folk trio Near Northeast's intimate performance in the blizzard"), and Mecca Lecca ("straddling the line between the grandiosity and intimacy within their sound"). Curios was nominated for two Wammys by the Washington Area Music Association, and their live video "What to Say" was highlighted by NPR-affiliate WAMU's music blog Bandwidth for DC-based Tiny Desk video submissions. You can listen to a radio feature from WERA-FM here.

The band has performed at regional festivals and concert venues across the Mid-Atlantic; including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Fort Reno, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and many music venues. They have also toured in the Northeast, the South, the West Coast, and the Balkan Peninsula in Europe.
The Hills and Rivers
The Hills and Rivers
The Hills and the Rivers are a Pittsburgh-based street folk family band centered around the Hill siblings and a fluid yet stable collective of musicians. They blend the gritty sounds of the street with sophisticated lyrics and delicate harmonies while finding a balance between indie, folk, punk and pop.
The Plate Scrapers
The Plate Scrapers originated in 2014 in western Maryland the way any good bluegrass band does: from a bunch of fellers pickin’ around in a circle, surrounded by delicious plates of food, strong libations, and good friends. The traditional spirit of The Plate Scrapers is still innately intact nearly half a decade later, though they have evolved into far more than your average bluegrass band. Through diverse backgrounds and influences ranging from jazz, to hard rock, to funk, the band has taken their music to an eclectic new level.
Venue Information:
Union Stage
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024