Who: Green River Ordinance, The Roosevelts and Castro
What: Country as Folk Tour
When: October 22, 2016
Where: U Street Music Hall – Washington, D.C.
I’ve seen Green River Ordinance about once a year since 2009, and I have to say it has been great to watch their musical progression over the years. Their set is the result of an evolution over the past decade or so, from pop rock to country, folk, southern rock and everything in between. Their latest release, Fifteen (iTunes / Spotify), is featured prominently in the set, including the self-grounding “Keep Your Cool,” the multi-part harmonies and banjos of “Red Fire Night,” and the southern jamming guitars of “Tallahassee.” If you’ve been around for the long haul like me, get ready for a shot of nostalgia with a medley of songs from Out of My Hands (2009) and Under Fire (2012) as well!
The mid-liners were a duo/band called The Roosevelts, and I have the say, the facial hair going on with this band gives ol’ Teddy’s big mustache more than a run for its money. They’re an Americana rock outfit with quite a bit of oomph, not to mention instrumental skills–guitarist Jason Kloess dons both a guitar and a mandolin simultaneously at various points during the show. The set ranged from heavier, bluesy material like “Belly of the Beast” to lighter, mandolin-laced tracks like “Runaround.” Their debut album, The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn (iTunes / Spotify / Band Store), is similarly diverse.
Castro, a group of harmonizing siblings, opened the night. This was a fun experience for me. If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I’m pretty much a David Cook lifer. Well, way back in 2008, Jason Castro of Castro the Band was on the same season of American Idol as David Cook. Talk about nostalgia! Anyway, their acoustic set was a nice, mellow start to the night. The trio traded off on lead vocals, an approach that is always interesting (in a good way) for me, and even included a performance of Jason’s signature cover from Idol, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” They have a new EP out, Diamond Dreams (iTunes / Spotify / Band Store), and it’s a good mix of more delicate, acoustic songs and energetic tracks driven by three-part harmonies and folky instrumentation.
Enjoy the photos!