Hardly Strictly Homework
By now the serious HSB attendee is starting to peruse the lineup and suss out lesser known artists. Here are three performers scheduled this year that merit special attention.
The Ebony Hillbillies got their start playing in NYC subways. Their spirited renditions of black string band music quickly earned them many fans amongst the commuters hurrying to catch their train. The Ebony Hillbillies rode that A train all the way to Carnegie Hall. While the Carolina Chocolate Drops are getting most of the attention, the guys from Jamaica, Queens arguably make more vibrant and compelling music.
Holly Golightly’s mother named her in utero after the Audrey Hepburn character in Breakfast at Tiffanys. Since then the English singer has turned more than a few heads with her “Nico meets a garage band and they hang with Nina Simone” lo fi magic. Since listening to her, I know where I’ll be during her time slot at HSB.
Without a doubt the ballsiest booking Dawn Holliday came up with is Mondo Cane. Mike Patton, the chameleon composer/singer/producer has spent much of the last decade doing everything possible to escape the “former Faith No More singer” tag. Living in Italy for the past several years, he has put together an unclassifiable project. Mondo Cane (named after a gutwrenching cult film of the early 60s) promises to be one of the more left field events ever at HSB. If Italian cinematic avant retro orchestral torch is your thing, make sure to share the amore with Mike and Mondo Cane.