The Capitol Theatre in Rome will play host to Binghamton’s Driftwood and Rome’s Pocket Change in a double-bill of Americana, folk and bluegrass Friday, September 25 beginning at 7:30. Tickets for the general admission show are available for $15 presale and $20 at the door.
Pocket Change will open the show. Formed in 2011, singer/guitarist Matt Moore describes the band’s eclectic mix of rock-informed bluegrass, “musical compost.” Joining Moore in the band are his wife, Liz Moore (mandolin/vocals) and new members Joe Cantanaro (guitar) and Tim Slusarczyk (upright bass). Pocket Change is no stranger to the Capitol Theatre stage, having headlined last year’s Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association’s Indoor Bluegrass Festival there. It also has a history with Driftwood, joining them at last year’s Utica Music and Arts Festival.
Driftwood, formed in Binghamton in 2005, earned its chops the hard way, performing in bars, coffee houses and the streets. As banjo player Joe Kollar says, “a lot in the streets.” With backgrounds in jazz, classical and rock, the move to bluegrass and roots music was one the band came upon naturally. Driftwood prides itself in its songwriting skills and high energy shows, punctuated by its haunting harmonies, featuring violinist Claire Byrne, guitarist Dan Forsyth and Kollar.
Driftwood released its debut album Rally Day in 2009 and has released A Rock and Roll Heart (2011), a self-titled album (2013) and most recently, its first live album, Live at Grassroots 2014. Absolute Punk described Driftwood as a “revelation” and “one of the best roots discs…in quite some time.”
Having graced festival stages alongside the likes of Bela Fleck, Old Crow Medicine Show, Del McCoury, Railroad Earth, Robert Randolph, Leon Russell and Emmylou Harris, the band is poised for a breakthrough in the burgeoning Newgrass scene. With each show, the crowds have gotten bigger. Having a video for its single “The Sun’s Going Down” in rotation on CMT has only served to increase the band’s fanbase beyond its Upstate roots.
The Capitol Theatre is located in Rome’s Art and Cultural District at 220 W. Dominick St. Tickets are available through the Capitol’s website and at the door the night of the show. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $20 and allow early access to the venue and a meet and greet with the musicians.