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09.14.12 - Poor Old Shine - $5 - 8 pm

Friday, September 14
8 pm
$5 advance/door


We’re in for a special treat with this Conneticut band passing though Oakland.  Poor Old Shine rocks some old-timey but really fresh sounding Americana.  Oakland’s Art Elliot opens.

From their handpainted cereal box cd cases to their thoughtful arrangements, Poor Old Shine, a Roots/Americana band from Storrs, CT is about honesty and hand crafted creativity. It’s foot stomping, mind racing, dirty bluegrass like you’ve never heard it before! They travel with an assortment of instruments including guitars, banjos, pump organ, mandolin, string bass, musical saw, washboard, and a yard-sale-scrap-metal drum set. It’s old songs with a new feel, banjos with paint peeled, shoes with holes and treadless soles, and music that is real.

The music is rooted in the folk and Appalachian mountain music tradition and fits in well at bluegrass festivals and sticky rock clubs alike. They have been compared to The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Langhorne Slim, and The Low Anthem because of the changing instrumentation and harmonies. Each set mixes the band’s modern songwriting with traditional folk ballads, prison work songs, and front porch style jamming.

Poor Old Shine features Chris Freeman (banjo), Max Shakun (guitar, pump organ), Antonio Alcorn (Mandolin, guitar), Harrison Goodale (Bass), and Brian Conlon (drums). The band began in late night jam sessions at the University of Connecticut’s Folk Music Society.


Art Elliot, stage moniker of musician Martin McGinn, sings of apocalyptic futures, lost loves, bleak ice ages and depression-era folk art, among other topics.  Fashioning himself as a modern day alchemist Art transmutes popular music to the experimental, jazz to power pop and folk to blues.  His tropes are cryptic messages etched into the ether for a generation deaf and droned out to their portable electronic listening devices.  

Born in a one room shack on the Cretaceous bedrock of central Iowa, Art Elliot grew towards the sky alongside the ghosts of big bluestem grass.  At a young age Art’s first musical experiments were conducted on the Thomas California Organ.  This was followed by formal lessons on the piano in an attempt to reign in his avant garde forays.  While home from college one summer Art began writing songs.  At 22 Art rode his iron horse west where he now lives among the common criminals and well-to-dos of Oakland, California.

Art has performed at many local Bay Area venues including Mama Buzz, El Rio and AMF Southshore Bowling Alley.  At the time of this writing Art has emerged from his laboratory with his first EP, Earth Abides, which features songs about robots, national parks, loneliness and a planet where the rich sell the rest of society for monetary gain and shoot themselves into outer space. 

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