Monday, March 2, 2015

Announcing: Treasures from the Archive Roadshow!

The Down Hill Strugglers is proud to be a part of the forthcoming "Treasures from the Archive Roadshow: Celebrating Alan Lomax & The Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress" - an outreach program of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The idea is that The Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers), Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton, Nathan Salsburg (Curator of the Alan Lomax Archive) and others will tour festivals, performing arts centers, colleges and universities, playing live renditions of songs and styles learned directly from the collections at the Library of Congress.  The Roadshow is also accompanied where appropriate by a museum quality panel display with more information about the American Folklife Center as well as a presentation of folklore-related films from the collections there.

The intention of this project is to bring the beautiful diversity of music, songs and styles, faithfully preserved in this amazing archive, out to the general public.  The Roadshow will raise awareness about the existence of the Folklife Center itself and encourage people to take advantage of this amazing resource, just as we have.  By touring and playing live for audiences the Roadshow can introduce people in a live and immediate way to some of the kinds of songs and styles laid away by folklorists and collectors in this deep repository of our grassroots indigenous American music.

The "Roadshow" honors the folk music collections at the Library of Congress and particularly in 2015 the seminal work of folklorist Alan Lomax who would have been 100 years old this year, and whose unparalleled collecting work formed the basis for the American Folklife Center's holdings.
The first exhibition and performance of the Roadshow will take place Sunday, April 19th at the Brooklyn Folk Festival, with more performances TBA over the coming months.

Here is more information about the "Roadshow" -

The American Folklife Center was created in 1976 by the U.S. Congress as the national center for folklife documentation and research, with the mandate to "preserve and present American folklife." The American Folklife Center Archive, established in the Library of Congress Music Division in 1928 and moved to AFC in 1978, is now one of the largest archives of ethnographic materials from the United States and around the world.
  The Treasures from the Archive Roadshow is an outreach program of the American Folklife Center in conjunction with the Alan Lomax Archive/Association for Cultural Equity. This roadshow will be touring festivals, colleges, universities and performing arts centers starting in 2015.

Famed folklorist Alan Lomax would have been one hundred years old in 2015. The field recordings that he made throughout his long career are the foundation of the holdings at the American Folklife Center, and as such are at the very heart of America’s indigenous, grassroots folk music, including blues, rural string band music, ballads, ragtime and more.

This roadshow draws together nationally recognized folk musicians who play songs and tunes they have learned directly from the Lomax Collection and other important collections at the American Folklife Center. These performers will present this music live to audiences nationally in Lomax’s centennial year.

The roadshow includes; The Down Hill Strugglers with legendary musician and folklorist John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers), Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton, Frank Fairfield, Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Lomax Archive curator Nathan Salsburg. These performers will be touring together with a traveling exhibit, showcasing the collections housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, with a focus on the Lomax Collection. Through live performances and the traveling exhibit, the general public will be informed about the existence of the holdings at the American Folklife Center; a national treasure to which every American has access.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Spring 2015 "Mud Season" Tour Dates!

Announcing our Spring "Mud Season" tour dates!

Sun. March 22nd -  The Down Hill Strugglers with The SpYder Stompers at Jalopy
Strugglers at 7pm
SpYder Stompers at 8pm - great band, on tour from Ohio
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY

Sun. April 5th 
Columbia University - Postcrypt Coffee House Folk Festival
Van Am Quad - Columbia campus
Set time TBA

Sun. April 19th - The Brooklyn Folk Festival
The Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen
St. Ann’s Church
157 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
See website for tickets

Sat. April 25th - House Concert
Hopewell Junction, NY
Potluck 6:00pm
Concert 7pm
Details TBA
$15 suggested donation

Wed. May 20th - KDHX Discovery Series, St. Louis, MO
3524 Washington Ave 
Saint Louis, MO
Time TBA

Thurs. May 21st - Square Dance, Louisville, KY
Old Time Square Dance SocialVenue: AMVETS Post 9 / Danny Mac's Pizza
1567 S Shelby St.
Louisville, KY
Doors: 7pm
Dance: 8pm
$5 – Vets, Youth, and Volunteers get Free Admission

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Upcoming Winter Shows...

The Down Hill Strugglers have a few shows coming up over the Winter months.   A good excuse to leave your house when you don't strictly have to!

Dec. 19th: Jalopy Theatre - Brooklyn, NY 
[John holds photo of Bob]
The Down Hill Strugglers featuring John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers) who will also be showing a selection of his photographs of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Rev. Gary Davis, Roscoe Holcomb and others…
Double bill with the Blue Ridge Entertainers
The Blue Ridge Entertainers
All the way from Johnson City, TN - the Blue Ridge Entertainers is one of the best string bands you will see anywhere any time.
315 Columbia St. 
Brooklyn, NY

Jan. 11th: Jalopy Theatre - Brooklyn, NY
The Down Hill Strugglers on a bill with Rafe and Clelia Stefanini
Followed by a Square Dance!
315 Columbia St. 
Brooklyn, NY

Jan. 23rd: Sticky Lips BBQ Jukejoint
830 Jefferson Road 
Henrietta, NY

Jan. 24th: Caffe Lena 
47 Phila St #1
Saratoga Springs, NY

Jan. 31st: The Ashokan Center Winter Hoot!
477 Beaverkill Road
Olivebridge, NY.
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen
We will be playing a late afternoon set followed by an 11pm square dance!  Should be great fun!

Feb. 1st: The Good Coffee House
The Good Coffeehouse at The Old Stone House Historic Restoration
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Concert to Benefit

The Down Hill Strugglers is happy to be playing at a concert benefiting, a great organization working to combat climate change - Monday 6pm-9:30pm at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NY, NY, NY.

Come if you can!  It's an illustrious bill, featuring Patti Smith, Anne Waldman and more!

October Tour Dates...

The Down Hill Strugglers is hitting the road in October.  Look out!

Monday, Oct. 13th - House Concert
7pm - 2 Sets
Atlanta, GA
For more info:

Thursday, Oct. 16th, Friday Oct. 17th and Saturday Oct. 18th - Delta Hot Tamale Festival
Set times - TBA
503 Washington Avenue
Greenville, Mississippi

Sunday, Oct. 19th - Kentuck Festival of the Arts
12pm - 1 Set
3501 5th Street
Northport, Alabama

Monday, Oct. 20th - Sugarlands Distillery
7pm - 10pm 3 Sets
805 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN

Thursday, Oct. 23rd - The Down Home
300 W. Main St.
Johnson City, TN

On these shows we will be joined by John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers):

Sunday, Oct. 26th - G.A.R. Hall
Doors 5:30pm, Music starts at 6pm - 2 Sets w/ John Cohen
1785 Main St.
Peninsula, OH

Tuesday, Oct. 28th - Techline Studios
7pm w/ John Cohen
307 South Locust Street
Champaign, IL

Wednesday, Oct. 29th - Old Town School of Folk Music
8pm w/ John Cohen who will also be showing some of his photographs
4544 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Washington Square Park Folk Festival

Hello all - be sure to check out the Down Hill Strugglers at the Washington Square Park Folk Festival, here in New York this Sunday afternoon! for details...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

August Tour Dates...

Hello everybody -

  The Down Hill Strugglers has a few tour dates in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana coming up in August, including an appearance at the Whispering Beard Folk Festival, about which we have heard great things.  Look out!

Thursday, August 21st - Casa Nueva
6 W State St.
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 592-2016

Friday, August 22nd - Clovene
203 Pope St.
Louisville, KY
No cover

Saturday, August 23 - Whispering Beard Folk Festival
1st St. and Friendship Rd.
Friendship, IN

We have a longer tour planned for the Fall, stay tuned for more dates...