New Jersey Stage

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE BRINGS THEIR UNIQUE,ACOUSTIC BLUEGRASS STYLE TO MANASQUAN

(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- With a slightly punk perspective on vintage American bluegrass, The Devil Makes Three breathes a breath of fresh musical air at Algonquin Arts Theatre on Wednesday, July 24.

Laced with elements of ragtime, country, folk and rockabilly, the critically praised, drummer-less trio - consisting of guitarist/frontman Pete Bernhard, stand-up bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist Cooper McBean - brings forth a genuine approach to acoustic music that is deeply steeped in rhythm.

Sourcing blues and throwing in fierce finger-picking guitar, a little slide, tenor banjo and rocking upright bass, The Devil Makes Three create a multi-spanned bridge between musical styles. Their vocal harmonies wind tightly around original songs and breathe life into favorite covers. It all pours forth from a timeless pulse that pulls you to the past, flies you to the future and lands you on your feet.

From Bonnaroo to Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Devil Makes Three has built a loyal following touring the top music venues and festivals across the country.

Doors for the show open at 7:30 p.m. and beer and wine will be available for sale.

Tickets are available in advance for $17.50 and on the day of the show for $20 at algonquinarts.org, by calling (732) 528-9211 or at the Algonquin Box Office at 173 Main Street between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Individual tickets are subject to a $2 per ticket processing fee.

The three band members are from Vermont, where Bernhard and McBean played in a few rock and punk bands, but found their most exciting common ground in old blues and country-styled acoustic music. When Bernhard and McBean caught up with Turino in Santa Cruz, Calif., she learned bass and the band was born in 2002.

"The jug-band-meets-punk-rock sound is alluring and wild like an untamed bull: powerful, reckless and beautiful," said Garrett Wheeler of Metro Santa Cruz.

Their latest album "Stomp and Smash: Live at the Mystic Theatre" was recorded over two nights at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, Calif., and features fiddler Andy Lentz. Filled with fan favorites new and old, a cover of Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues", two brand-new songs, "This Life" and "They Call That Religion", the live album captures these songs the way they were meant to be heard.

The Algonquin is located at 173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ.

About Algonquin Arts Theatre:
Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1992 with the mission to provide cultural enhancement and arts education to all audiences at the Jersey Shore through high-quality performances and programs in theatre, music, film and dance. The end goal is to foster appreciation of the arts and promote lifelong learning, particularly among underserved audiences including the economically disadvantaged, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

Algonquin Arts Theatre's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; by funds from the Paul F. Zito, M.D. Educational Foundation, by Simon Kaufman, Esq. & Maria Zito-Kaufman, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and remembering Marialana and her love for children and the arts.