The Infamous Stringdusters @ Eleven Madison Park (6/8/14)
Greg   July 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm   0 Comments

Words By: Christopher Snyder

Photos By: Susan Skidmore

What happens when you mix one of the top bluegrass touring acts and one of the best restaurants in
the country on a Sunday night? A very special evening. After 9 years of touring coast to coast, The
Infamous Stringdusters, have been bending the boundaries of the traditional bluegrass label.

Photo By: Susan Skidmore

On tour in support of their fifth studio release, “Let It Go”, the band has gotten national recognition
across the country. The band’s album slogan is: “Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Be
true and play your songs.” These five gentlemen are not only down to earth guys but virtuosos at
their instruments. You never know what will happen at an Infamous Stringdusters show. That is the
pure beauty of their shows: Each show is special in their own way.

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The band took the stage around 8:30 PM and started off with a tune written by fiddle player, Jeremy
Garrett, “Once Yer Gone”, that eased the crowd into the sweet sounds of the bluegrass quintet. The
Infamous Stringdusters are not only known for their original tunes, but their cover songs that range
from rock to bluegrass and everywhere inbetween. With the crowd warming up at the two bars with
some adult beverages, the group paid homage to one of the pioneers of bluegrass, Mr. John Hartford
with a stunning rendition of “Love Grown Cold”. Sung by a grinning upright bass player, Travis
Book, the tune gave the band a chance to really show how well the band gels together so well with
their harmonies. A few songs in and you could tell that not only was the attendees were enjoying
themselves but the band couldn’t stop grinning ear to ear. One of the many highlights of the first set
was a version of the instrumental tune, “Angeline The Baker” (Stephen Foster), that highlighted
each band members talents, with impeccable solos. As the set was hitting the halfway point in Andy
Hall, dobro, urged the crowd to come front and let loose. The Infamous Stringdusters like to pay
tribute to legandary groups. You can tell that the seasoned players grew up with music their whole
lives. With a lot of family in the audience guitar player, Andy Falco, stated “I like to dedicate this
one to my parents. Who are right over there.” The band then peformed a great performance of The
Band classic “Up On Cripple Creek”. This was just the beginning of an epic night in The Big Apple.

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As the band members mingled with friends and family at set break, there were many people that
came up to them and thanked them for playing the event. That goes a long with musicians: a simple
“thank you”.

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The band took the stage for the second set, showcasing some of their older tunes, “Night On The
River —> Well, Well” and a flawless tribute to bluegrass multi-instrumentalist, Jody Stecher,with
their performance of “17 cents.” With everyone on their feet moving and grooving at this moment in
the show, where the band got everyone to sing along Tom Petty’s classic tune, “American Girl”. The
song allowed dobro master, Andy Hall, to get the nod on lead vocals. Once again the group of artful
musicians took this song to new leaps and bounds. It all started with Falco (guitar), finger
picking his guitar solo was such ease. Next up was Garrett (fiddle), looking over his squared framed
glasses smiling, bending his bow with grace got the crowd going with his moment in the spotlight.
The tune finished up with Pandfoli (banjo), throwing in some sweet banjo rolls, and Falco and Hall
dueling on their respective instuments. The night rolled on with the title track off their latest effort,
“Let It Go”.

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The band had one more special surprise for NYC tonight. As the band concluded the title track from
their 2007 release, “Fork In The Road”, a familiar face graced the stage. Joss Stone. The world
renowned soulful singer-songwriter, traded off lyrics with Jeremy Garrett and that took the song to
new heights.

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With their dynamic live show, passion for their music and fans, The Infamous Stringdusters will be a
household name in a matter of no time.

Chris Pandolfi (Banjo)
Jeremy Garrett (Fiddle/Vocals)
Andy Hall (Dobro/Vocals)
Travis Book (Bass/Vocals)
Andy Falco (Guitar/Vocals)

Official Website: www.thestringdusters.com