On Friday May 13th Quixotes will play host to an incredible night of music when two great Boulder area bands venture down to the big city. The Grant Farm features Tyler Grant, Andy Thorn and Keith Moseley, while Magnolia Row features Daniella Katzir, Brian Adams, Paul Murin and Bill Browning.
The Grant Farm is an exciting new collaboration of two of the hottest acoustic musicians on the scene today. Tyler Grant (guitar) and Andy Thorn (banjo, guitar) have been bandmates in the Emmitt-Nershi Band for the past two years. When not on the road with Billy and Drew, these two musicians need a creative outlet for their own music. Since Tyler moved to the Front Range last summer the duo have performed dozens of shows in the area sometimes joined by Eric Thornin or Benny Galloway on bass and Jordan Ramsey on the mandolin. Recently String Cheese Incident bass players, Keith Moseley has been collaborating with the duo and will be part of the band for several shows this spring.
Magnolia Row blends the songwriting of old with a variety of rhythms using exotic hybrid bluegrass instruments. The band has become a fixture in the Boulder/Denver club scene and has featured some of the finest musicians that the area has to offer. Magnolia Row’s members are all veteran performers with many combined years of experience. Daniella Katzir is an accomplished singer-songwriter, having performed with numerous Boulder area bands, including the local favorite funk/soul project Homestyle. Brian Adams holds down the bottom end with his solid, yet individual bass playing style. His instrument of choice is a hybrid banjo/acoustic bass, giving the band a low-end punch that you will not hear with any other band. Paul Murin’s guitar playing gives Magnolia Row its improvisational spirit. Paul began as a jazz improvisation and composition major at the University of Denver and he is now a road-tested veteran of the national festival circuit as Brian’s band-mate in Phix and the Higher Good. His guitar solos are a mind-bending journey through the history of great improvisational guitar work, incorporating the influences of Trey Anastasio and Carlos Santana as well as the acoustic flat-picking genius of Doc Watson and Jerry Garcia. Bill Browning search for an instrument that could double as a squash racquet brought him to the mandolin. His fifteen years of experience has found him playing not only traditional bluegrass music but swing and rock and roll as well. His influences are truly too numerous to count, but among them are Sam Bush, David Grisman, Django Reinhardt and the late great father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe.