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Folk and Old-time Music Concert with Ken and Brad Kolodner at Cattle Track Theatre in Scottsdale
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Folk and Old-time Music Concert with Ken and Brad Kolodner at Cattle Track Theatre in Scottsdale
Folk Music Duo Ken and Brad Kolodner in Concert
December 9th at 7 PM - Cattle Track Theatre in Scottsdale, AZ

Folk and old-time music lovers everywhere will fall in love with the magical combo of dulcimer and banjo that the Kolodner's bring to the stage. But don't let the term "old-time" music fool you! One reviewer, Fervor Coulee, had this to say about the Kolodners "The group demonstrates that old-time music doesn't need to be a stale, modern reproduction of a relic from a bygone era- a pale reflection of nostalgia for a time few of us can imagine. This music can be and- in the right hands- is a modern sound enjoyed by contemporary individuals played with all the passion that music should include." And we say "Amen!" Wherever they perform, this duo delivers up a heaping helping of passion, enthusiasm, and creativity topped off by technical skills that are guaranteed to knock your socks clean off. But beware! Their love for this music is infectious!

Just who is this dynamic duo? Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and old-time fiddlers in the US, Baltimore's Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world to perform tight musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation. The incredibly talented father-son duo pushes the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition by infusing their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs.

Get your tickets for this rare treat of a performance now! It's a perfect way to kick off the holiday season! Discounted advance tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets. Limited Gold Circle seating is available. Ticket prices at the door are $25 for Gold Circle and $20 for General seating. Doors open at 6:30 PM. More information about this event is provided through Brown Paper Tickets or call 718-374-1086.

The Cattle Track Arts Compound is a one-of-a-kind artist colony located on the historic Cattle Track property located in north Scottsdale. Headed up by owner and arts maven Janie Ellis, the colony offers art exhibitions, artists' studios and work spaces, a colonial antique gallery, Theater performances, as well as limited-edition fine art books beautifully crafted on an old-fashioned letter press. Come out and spend the day browsing and join us for the evening concert.

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Among Ken Kolodner's many credits are a featured solo in an Emmy-nominated CBS-TV Christmas special, over a dozen recordings with sales well over 150,000, an "Indie" winner for Best Seasonal Recording in 1999, a #1 World Music title (Walking Stones) and bestseller for BMG (with over 55,000 copies sold), and numerous books and instructional recordings (including a book/CD on old-time fiddling for Mel Bay and two recent books on arranging for the hammered dulcimer, also for Mel Bay). Ken toured with the world music trio Helicon for over a decade and continued to tour as a soloist. He was the first and remains the only U.S. player to be invited to play at the International Hackbrett Festival in Germany along with the world's best players. His extensive repertoire of thousands of pieces includes the traditional music from over 30 countries on all continents. Ken has performed in every state in the U.S. and teaches locally in Baltimore with over 75 fiddle and hammered dulcimer students.

Brad didn't start playing banjo until age 17 when he attended a music camp where his father was teaching. After just two years, Brad won the 2010 Takoma Park Old-Time Banjo festival winning a Kevin Enoch banjo and a performance spot at The Birchmere, sharing the stage with banjo legend Tony Trischka, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Adam Hurt and other notable banjo players. In 2012, Brad won first place in Old-Time Banjo at the prestigious Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest. Most recently, Brad won the inaugural Banjo Hangout National Clawhammer Banjo contest. His version of "Boatman" was the highest rated submission out of all 69 entrants. Brad guest-recorded on Out of the Wood, a 2011 release by Elke Baker (a Scottish National Fiddle Champion) and his father. Brad graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Television/Radio in 2012. In the summer of 2013, Brad signed on as the host of "The Brad Kolodner Show" a weekly bluegrass show on WAMU's Bluegrass Country, a 24/7 bluegrass radio station in Washington D.C. Brad has amassed a stable of over 30 banjo students in Baltimore. He has added fiddle, guitar and vocals to his repertoire.

Their most recent album, Skipping Rocks, debuted at #4 on the Folk DJ-L in October, 2013; 20th on The Roots Music Charts; Best of 2013 lists include The Baltimore City Paper, Folk Alley XM Radio, The Sing Out Radio Magazine on XM Radio, Detours on WTMD.

Reviewers love this band! Here are just a few comments about their recent release:

The Old Time Herald writes: "father and son have reached that musical telepathy that family members can sometimes achieve."

"Ken and Brad are both exceptionally talented musicians and they have
created a tight, top-notch sound."  Bluegrass Today, January 2014

"This father-son duo project is both technically impressive and musically tasteful, a lovely exploration of both tradition and creativity (and of a warm musical relationship)." - CD Hotlist, October 2013

For further information about Ken and Brad Kolodner visit their website at http://www.kenandbrad.com. Music videos are available on their website as well. The Arizona Bluegrass Association (ABA) is dedicated to creating an awareness of and encouraging participation in the uniquely American musical forms of bluegrass, old-time music, gospel, and traditional instrumental and vocal music. The ABA provides jamming sessions, workshops and other educational opportunities for "pickers" of all skill levels. R&R Productions is promotion agency for bluegrass music events in Arizona and particularly in the Phoenix metro-area. To schedule an event call 718-374-1086 or email James Reams at james@jamesreams.com.


United States


Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Folk

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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