Sunday, October 25, 2015

At the Kennedy Center with John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton

"Treasures From the Archive Roadshow" at the Kennedy Center
                    with the Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton

We've had a great Summer of touring, lots of great shows including appearances at the Newport Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Great Lakes Folk Festival, three appearances at the Library of Congress!! and a great show at the Kennedy Center.

At Newport and at the Kennedy Center we were presenting the "Treasures From the Archive Roadshow" playing music that we have learned from the collections at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. It's a great show and has been a real pleasure working with the fine folks at the AFC to bring music from their collections live to audiences around the country, including a wonderful show at the Library itself. The complete 1 hour program we did at the Kennedy Center was filmed very nicely, and here it is available for viewing, just click the image above.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Summer/Fall 2015 Tour Dates!

The Down Hill Strugglers Summer/Fall 2015 Tour Dates Announced!

Tues. May 19th - Rabbit Hash General Store - KY
7pm-9pm
10021 Lower River Rd
Rabbit Hash, KY 41005
www.rabbithash.com

Wed. May 20th - KDHX Discovery Series - St. Louis, MO
8:30pm
3524 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
http://kdhx.org

Thurs. May 21st - Square Dance! - Louisville, KY
AmVets Post 9
1567 S. Shelby St.
Louisville, KY
www.louisvillesquares.org

Fri. May 22nd - House Concert - Louisville, KY
with Maiden Radio
Info at: www.facebook.com/events/907730042625007/
Louisville, KY

Sat. May 23rd - House Concert - Berea, KY
Info at: www.facebook.com/events/362888860581539/

Wed. May 27th - Roots n Ruckus - Jalopy Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
Details TBA


Fri. June 19th - Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming - VA
Mountain Empire Community College
Big Stone Gap, VA
http://mtnsofmusic.com/

Wed. July 15th - White Eagle - Portland, OR
8pm Free show!
836 N Russell St.
Portland, OR 97227
http://www.mcmenamins.com
(503) 282-6810

Thurs. July 16th - Central Tavern - Seattle, WA
9pm
207 1st Avenue South 
Seattle, WA 98104
centralsaloon.com/
(206) 622-0209

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Logo

Sat. & Sun. July 18th & 19th - Vancouver Folk Festival

Saturday 12:30-2:00pm Stage 2 - Justice Calling workshop
This is a workshop that is sponsored by a group on unions - songs about social justice, gathering, unions, empowering people.

Saturday 3:00-3:50 Stage 1 - Our main set

Sunday 10:00-11:00 Stage 2 - Rise and Shine - Sunday morning gospel/spirituals

Sunday 4:30-5:30 Stage 6 - Influences and Inspiration

Mon. July 20th - House Concert - Seattle
Details TBA


Sat. July 25th - Newport Folk Festival
"Treasures from the Archive Roadshow: Celebrating Alan Lomax & The Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress"
w/ John Cohen and Dom Flemons
4pm-5:30pm at the Museum Stage



Tues. August 4th - Museum of the City of New York
Folk City concert series 
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen
the Four o'clock Flowers opening
Door time: 5:30pm
Start time: 6:30pm
1220 Fifth Avenue between 103/104th streets
For tickets:
http://www.mcny.org/event/concert-down-hill-strugglers-four-oclock-flowers


Fri. - Sun. August 7-9th - Great Lakes Folk Festival
Details TBA

Mon. August 10th - Square Dance! - Kalamazoo, MI
Details TBA

Fri. Sept. 11th - Caffe Lena, Saratoga, NY
8pm
Littlest Birds will open the show
47 Phila Street / P.O. Box 245
Saratoga Springs, NY
www.caffelena.org

Sat. Sept. 12th - Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY
The Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen
8pm
68 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, NY
www.unisonarts.org


Sun. Sept. 13th - Washington Square Park Folk Festival, NY, NY, NY
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen
1:45pm
Free and open to the public!
www.WSPFolkFest.com


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Thurs. Sept. 24th - Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
At the Millennium Stage
6-7pm
"Treasures from the Archive Roadshow" Featuring the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566


Fri. Sept. 25th -
Noon-1pm
Ticket Price: Free of charge!
"Treasures from the Archive Roadshow" Featuring the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton
Homegrown Concert Series at the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building)
Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Fri. Oct. 2nd - Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC
opening for Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton
8:30pm
405 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
www.nightlightclub.com

Sat. Oct. 3rd - Wideopen Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh, NC
7:30-9:00pm
Dance Tent; 100 block of Fayetteville Street near the State Capitol Building in downtown Raleigh, N.C
www.wideopenbluegrass.com

Tues. Oct. 6th - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
opening for Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton
7pm doors. ALL AGES. Seated show. 8pm $10 ADV / $12 day of show 
www.thegreyeagle.com                                                   

Fri. Oct. 9th - Detroit Art Institute - Detroit, MI
with Ken Waldman
7pm
FREE
5200 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI
5200 Woodward Avenue




  • 5200 Woodward Avenue
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  • 5200 Woodward Avenue
  • Detroit, Michigan 48202




  • 5200 Woodward Avenue
  • Detroit, Michigan 48202
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    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.

    http://www.loc.gov/folklife/

    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
    Free!

    Sat. April 11th - Sheffield Auditorium - Old Lyme, CT
    First Congregational Church
    2 Ferry Rd. Old Lyme, CT
    Doors open 6:30p
    Show starts 7pm (Opening act 25 min. set.)
    Tickets:
    Adults: $10 reserve in advance pay at door $15 door
    Students: $5 reserve in advance pay at door $10 door
    to reserve tix tickets@musicnowfoundation.org
    website: www.musicnowfoundation.org

    Sun. April 19th - The Brooklyn Folk Festival
    The Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen
    St. Ann’s Church
    157 Montague Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    7:30pm
    See website for tickets

    Sat. April 25th - House Concert
    Hopewell Junction, NY
    Potluck 6:00pm
    Concert 7pm
    For Details Contact: harry [at] bolick.net
    $15 suggested donation

    Wed. May 20th - KDHX Discovery Series, St. Louis, MO
    KDHX
    3524 Washington Ave 
    Saint Louis, MO
    Time: 7:30pm
    $15

    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
    www.louisvillesquares.org

    Fri. May 22nd - House Concert, Louisville, KY
    7:30pm
    Check Facebook event for details, CLICK HERE

    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.
    Location: 
    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!
    Location: 
    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
    www.caffelena.org

    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!
    www.homeofthehoot.com




    Feb. 1st: The Good Coffee House
    4pm
    The Good Coffeehouse at The Old Stone House Historic Restoration
    336 3rd Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    718-768-3195

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Concert to Benefit 350.org



    The Down Hill Strugglers is happy to be playing at a concert benefiting 350.org, 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
    $15
    Atlanta, GA
    For more info:
    www.facebook.com/wppconcerts.

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

    Sunday, Oct. 19th - Kentuck Festival of the Arts
    12pm - 1 Set
    3501 5th Street
    Northport, Alabama
    www.kentuck.org/festival.html

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

    Thursday, Oct. 23rd - The Down Home
    8pm
    300 W. Main St.
    Johnson City, TN
    www.DownHome.com

    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
    www.peninsulahistory.org/gar-hall/

    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