Driftwood

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents

Driftwood

Gina Clowes & Johnny Calamari

Wed · October 18, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Driftwood
Driftwood
The energy of rock n’ roll is impossible to categorize – mercurial, specific to its beholder and profoundly reflective. From
the Binghamton, New York music scene comes Driftwood, a band with a rock n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Carving out
a name for themselves with electrifying live performances, they bring one of the most unique, raw sounds to the
Americana/roots music scene. Incorporating upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and violin, the ghost of traditional
American folk music lives in their palette. But the melodies, the harmonies and the lyrics are something else entirely.
“We started off playing rock in high school. Then studying jazz and classical music in college. Then we dove headfirst into
folk and bluegrass. At some point I guess we kind of met in the middle”, says guitarist/songwriter Dan Forsyth. Drawing
on aspects of everything from 0ld-time recordings to 1960’s R&B, the music is crafted to serve the songs. With fastgrowing
audiences singing along at live shows, it’s easy to tell the primary focus is on song. “We recognized early on that
one of our strongest points was songwriting. The greatest songs transcend genre and time and this was one of the
motivating ideas behind the band at the start”, says banjo player/songwriter Joe Kollar. Trading lead vocals between
Forsyth, Kollar and violinist Claire Byrne, the group’s stage dynamics are as captivating as the songs. “I give so much of
myself when I play because I deem it necessary in order to do the music justice”, says Byrne, whose violin-shredding
performances galvanize fans. Songs or shredding, “There’s a reason people won’t let them off the stage”, says Jess
Novak from The Syracuse New Times.
Coming from a town not often recognized for music but predominantly for industry, being the home of Twilight Zone
author Rod Serling and donning the title of the “Carousel Capital of the World”, it’s easy to wonder how this not-sotraditional
string band came out of the Binghamton music scene. “What people don’t often realize is that bands like Old
Crow Medicine Show, The Horseflies and The Highwoods String Band came out of this same area and had a huge
influence on us”, says Forsyth. “We played a lot of old-time in the beginning and it was a huge part of our band learning
to play music together”.
Formed in 2005, the band spent four years playing just about anywhere they could. “We just wanted to be able to play
for any crowd and turn heads”, says banjo player Joe Kollar. “We played everywhere. Coffee houses, bars, churches,
rock clubs, Bluegrass festivals and the streets…a lot on the streets. We didn’t make any money, but what we learned was
invaluable”.
After the release of their Debut CD “Rally Day” in 2009, the band has spent most of the last 4 years on the road. With
club and festival appearances alongside of artists such as Bela Fleck, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rusted Root, Del
McCoury, Brett Dennen, The Wailers, Railroad Earth, Robert Randolph, Rubblebucket, Leon Russell, Emmylou Harris and
Donna the Buffalo, Driftwood is making serious waves on the East Coast scene. In the last three years they’ve played
over 500 shows. With the release of their second CD “A Rock & Roll Heart” in 2011, the band landed spins on a slew of
great radio shows and stations such as WFUV’s Sunday Breakfast with John Platt (New York, NY); KZSU (Stanford, CA),
WCBE (Columbus, OH), WNRN (Charlottesville, VA), WUNC (Chapel Hill), NC and WDVX (Knoxville, TN).
In November 2012, Driftwood started work on their third and latest CD. Despite a grueling tour schedule and very little
time at home, the recordings were finished in the summer of 2013. The self-titled new disc was recorded in a church
outside of Ithaca, NY with Grammy-winning engineer Robby Hunter. It was released on December 3rd, 2013.
Gina Clowes & Johnny Calamari
Gina Clowes & Johnny Calamari
Gina Clowes’ innovative and unique musicianship and songwriting, although based in traditional music modalities, breaks free from the assumed constructs and makes a new musical statement that's influenced by emotion, is played with the highest skill, and expresses an enormous verve and vitality.
With an intent to use the banjo as a medium of personal expression, Clowes moves through varied modes of musical treatments. Although she's known mainly known for her work as the banjo player for Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, she has a long history with her banjo. Born and raised in Front Royal, Virginia, Gina began touring up and down the east coast in her tween years with her siblings, earning countless ribbons from fiddlers conventions, a strong reputation in the regional bluegrass scene, and a stamp from Bluegrass Today as “absurdly talented”. She later played in a number of regional acts (Blue Light Special, New Girls Nite Out, On the Run, Bud’s Collective) and has made her international touring exposure with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers soon after joining the group. She is sought after as a teacher privately and at camps across the country. Her new album, True Colors, was born out of a long held desire to bring her own music to life.

Johnny hails from Waynesboro Pa where he grew up singing in choirs, playing instruments in bands and spending time in the mountains.
His great bass tone, positive energy, impeccable timing, solid vocal range and charisma both on and off the stage keep him busy playing with various artists. He has played bass for rock, blues, jazz, folk, dueling piano, hiphop, R&B and Bluegrass acts. These days his passion is playing progressive and traditional Bluegrass music and he has shared the stage with some of the most talented and finest musicians and bands in the Bluegrass genre.
Since touring with Circus No.9 in the summer of 2017 Johnny has been playing shows with the very talented Gina Clowes and many groups from his Bluegrass rich community in southern York county Pa.
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024
http://www.pearlstreetwarehouse.com/