Hot Indie Folk Boys = Best New Year's Eve(r)?
By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 18, 2007 8:15PM
For many, going out New Year's Eve can be like going to junior prom over and over again; it's lots of fussy build-up with little payoff, leaving you with nasty hangovers, tacky swag, and, possibly, an awkward goodbye come morning. If swanky soirées aren't your thing, head to The Old Town School of Folk Music for The Punch Brothers for a refreshing alternative.
This group of lanky, indie folk boys is lead by Chris Thile, best known as front man for Nickel Creek, who is one of the best mandolin players we've heard. They'll be offering up some rebellious bluegrass, with just enough angst to make you swoon.
Nickel Creek last came through town in August on their "Farewell (for now) Tour," as the folksy-pop trio parted ways to pursue independent projects. Thile has long meandered through different musical genres outside of Nickel Creek, producing albums that range from instrumental country to hipster rock. The newly formed Punch Brothers debut album, The Blind Leaving the Blind, is a multi-part, long-form composition containing both wistful ballads and energetic, improvisational jams.
You can either catch the early show at 7:30 and still catch the ball drop elsewhere, or see the 10:30 show, complete with champagne at midnight. Either way, the café will have plenty of cheap beer and, at $28 a ticket, you won't have to worry about dropping big cash in order to mingle with the cool kids.
The Punch Brothers play The Old town School of Folk Music, Monday, December 31, $28, all ages, and tickets are still available