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Chaz and the Dazzlers Album Release Show with The Crooked North

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Chaz Hearne

Chaz Hearne is a folk musician based out of Rochester, New York who thrives in extremes. From intricate fingerpicked acoustic numbers to all-out rock anthems, everything is topped off with thoughtful melodies and a barely restrained enthusiasm. Though the banjo may be his weapon of choice, he has also been known to wield the guitar, piano, violin and singing saw; all while singing with a voice of fragile honey. When he's not playing solo, Chaz plays with his new five piece band under the moniker Chaz and The Dazzlers. You're gonna love the music of Chaz Hearne, Hannah Weidner, Reily Taylor-Cook, Susanna Rose,Katie Knudsvig, Nick Lord, John Delmonico, and Emily Dipaola They will be releasing their new album, Intelligence is Rising summer 2019 at Abilene on July 24.

The Crooked North is a band inspired by the energy of progressive bluegrass, the gritty soul of Americana, and the Rust Belt ethos of their Western New York home. They hammer out originals and choice selections from the great American songbook in bars, living rooms, barns, and festival stages.

Following paths through big cities, bands of all kinds, road gigs, odd jobs, and breaks both good and bad, nationally recognized songwriter Jon Itkin and award-winning instrumentalist Ben Proctor landed in Rochester around the same time. Circumstance had them throwing together a last-minute impromptu gig in January of 2014, with Jon on guitar and Ben on banjo and dobro. Rita Proctor joined on vocals and Jordan Kleiman on bass with almost no rehearsal. It was 3 degrees outside, the sound system didn't work, and they had no band name--but the sparse audience agreed: it was the beginning of something special.

Rita Proctor brings a rich vocal style informed by her love of Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton. Jordan Kleiman is a history professor who has played jazz and roots music in Philadelphia and Rochester since the 1980s. Tahlia Cott began adding her soulful fiddle sound to the band in 2015. Local legend John Irvine often rounds out the sound as the band's guest mandolin player.

Cover: $7 - Includes a FREE CD!

Earlier Event: July 23
Chatham Rabbits
Later Event: July 25
The Coffin Daggers (from NYC)