The Hollow in Albany got a taste of the North East jamgrass on Thursday Oct. 23 thanks to the energetic Appalachian stylings of Cabinet and Upstate New Yorkers, The Black Fox River Project. As October begins to wind down with temperatures dropping, music lover’s venture indoors searching for music that not only heats up the room but themselves. Cabinet has a sound that is hotter than any summer camp fire you could spark together; with a mesmerizing stage presence and wild musical improvisations. The evening started with the five piece indie bluegrass outlaws of The Black Fox River Project; An ideal opener with a slamming slide guitarist adding plenty of soul as the harmonica added a touch of folk and charming vocals. The Black Fox River Project will be hosting a Happy Hour CD Release Party at The Low Beat on November 7 from 6pm-8pm.
Cabinet has a dedicated fan base in the Upstate area with a full turn out of rowdy fans eager for the Pennsylvanian bluegrass. The six piece band contains all the essential strings such as mandolin, standup bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and fiddle. Mostly bluegrass with a surprising dash of reggae the set was a continuous, fast riding groove with impeccable vocal and string harmonies. It’s a beautiful blend of rustic farm with new age gypsy Americana. Jami Novak gently brushed and beat a locomotive rhythm, enticing freedom of the open road and growing melodies. Todd Kopec stretched those fiddle notes creating mountainous ranges and peaks. Mickey Coviello’s string broke during the encore as he fiercely strummed his acoustic guitar, a sign that you are doing something right. Cabinet is currently on tour, making stops in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, spreading their love of jamgrass like wildfire.