The band’s following have been clamoring for a new album, and one fan in particular, who wants to remain anonymous, is helping to make this possible. He was so impressed with the Crooked Jades’ performance at the California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in 2017, that he became a benefactor to financially sponsor the new recordings with the band’s present configuration. We thank you!
O N T O U R I N C A L I F O R N I A
• THURSDAY MAY 17 – MICHAEL’S ON MAIN (Soquel/Santa Cruz)
• FRIDAY MAY 18 – GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL (San Francisco)
• SATURDAY MAY 19 – CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL (Claremont)
• SUNDAY MAY 20 – TOPANGA BANJO & FIDDLE CONTEST (Topanga)
see also SUNDAY MAY 13 – KPFA LIVE RADIO SHOW
MICHAEL’S ON MAIN International Music Show Case
2591 Main St., Soquel, CA / www.michaelsonmainmusic.
Tickets: $15 / Adv. tickets at https://
All ages; under 21 to be accompanied by parent
Friday, May 18 / 9:30pm
GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL San Francisco
with PINE BOX BOYS + surprise guest
In conjunction with SHELBY ASH PRESENTS
859 O‘Farrell St, San Francisco, CA / www.slimspresents.com/great-
Tickets: $20 adv. + at the door; ticket + dinner package is $44.95
Tickets at www.slimspresents.com
All ages (6 and up)
Saturday, May 19 / Festival opens at 10am (Jades performance @ 6:30pm)
CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL
Workshops with Emily (fiddle) & Erik (banjo) at 2pm
Sontag Greek Theater, Pomona College, 300 E. Bonita, Claremont, CA /
Tickets: $40 (children under 12 are free) / www.brownpapertickets.com/
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
• Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones – Roots Rock Legends
• The Crooked Jades – Old-Time, Old World Music Revolutionaries
• Bula – Puerto Rican Community Bomba Group
• Mostly Kosher – Jewish Cultural Revivalist Klezmer Band
• Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players – Bluegrass Quartet
• Tom Freund – Singer Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist
• Fivacious – West Coast Gospel
…and many more.
All day event starting at 10am. Free parking at Pomona College parking structure.
Featuring art & music workshops for all ages, vendors village, local food & libations!
More info at link above.
Sunday, May 20 / 9am-6pm (Jades performance @ 2pm)
58th Annual TOPANGA BANJO & FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL
Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills, CA / http://www.
Get your tickets early and save: Adv. $17 Adult, $13 Senior/Teen ($23/$18 walk in) www.topangabanjofiddle.
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
Richie and Rosie, Jenna Moynihan and Màiri Chaimbeul, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Echo Mountain, Mike Mahaney & Friends, Latimer & Osborn, Ross Altman, and more
PLUS! Dance Barn with our pals Skillet Licorice, Ira Bernstein and more.
All day event with 4 Stages, Contests, Vendors, Food, Arts & Crafts and more. Info at link above.
Across the wide seas, distant mountains, and the vast complexity of the soul, The Crooked Jades new release “Empathy Moves The Water” emphasizes the lonesome in “High Lonesome” music. The band’s old-time roots reflect the cultural melange and longing implicit in the shadows of America – from haunting ballads punctuated by hypnotic fiddles that express digital isolation and humanity lost in a rapidly changing land, to the high energy revival songs inspired by early rural gospel blues. Reaffirming their reputation as an innovative old-time string band closer in spirit to Tom Waits and Nick Cave, The Crooked Jades create a unique and soulful modern sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa.
With a bold vision and drive to innovate and inspire, the Crooked Jades release their brand new album “Empathy Moves The Water” on their own label, Jade Note Music. Largely recorded at Berkeley’s famous Fantasy Studios, this new album is produced by the highly celebrated Bruce Kaphan. The band once again features their signature mix of inspired re-arrangements of rare and obscure old-time gems and beautiful original compositions, played on vintage and eclectic instruments, including Hawaiian slide, Vietnamese jaw harp, harmonium, ukulele, banjo, ukulele, arco bass, and minstrel banjo.
The Crooked Jades continue their mission to move old-time music out of segregation and show its relevance in modern times. Their evocative, cinematic music has appeared in soundtracks for Sean Penn’s Oscar-nominated film Into The Wild and the PBS documentary Seven Sisters: A Kentucky Portrait.
PHOTOS BY STEPHEN JOHNSTON & CO. / COLLAGE BY LISA
“Going Across the Sea” (Erik & Jades at The Sweetwater) & “Girl Slipped Down” (Erik & Megan at Cyprian’s)