Friday, March 7 from 8 pm
Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman
Folk-Grass Americali Duo
Tickets $15 generla & $13 students/member
Melody and Jacob return after a year and what a year is has been! From winning the Merle Fest songwriting contest and the Telluride band contest, to making a new duo album produced by Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis, they have been traveling non-stop and tightening their chops all over the realm. This show is their official Humboldt CD Release Party for their recent release "We Made It Home".
Before meeting in Northern California, Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman both grew up surrounded by sound. Melody was the daughter of a blue collar songwriter father and grew up listening to everything from the Beatles to Bill Monroe. After studying percussion and voice at Humboldt State University and in India and Brazil, she co-founded the women’s world fusion a cappella group AkaBella.
Originally from Richmond, VA with Appalachian musical ancestry, Jacob fell hard for his first love, rock ‘n’ roll, but it was the West Coast stylings of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead that turned him on to American folk music. He studied jazz guitar at Oberlin College, dabbling in jug band music before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area and jumping into the local bluegrass scene. Before teaming up with Melody, Jacob toured extensively with the Afrobeat band Albino! and country-rockers The Real Nasty.
Lauren Norgeot (also formerly of AkaBella) opens the show with a set of her originals. Show starts at 8pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $13 for students and members, $15 general, and can be found at www.arcataplayhouse.org