When Roosevelt Dime formed in 2006, its members decided to take a chance on creating rock-inspired banjo music. The band found it an odd setup at first, but once they started making music and playing shows, their sound began to quickly take shape. Roosevelt Dime is a four-piece, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band—a bedrock of New Orleans rhythms that brings driving, melodic banjo, fat-back blues guitar, pure honky-tonk harmonies and delicious R&B vocals. Some call their sound rock ‘n’ roll, others Americana, but “Mardi-Grass” is more like it. Their musical alchemy is something American, transforming struggle into celebration, pain into perseverance and taking the joyous beat from sidewalks and streetcars to back rooms and barrooms, from the ample hills of Brooklyn to the amber waves of grain.
Roosevelt Dime’s high-energy live shows have thrilled countless audiences at festivals across the country, including the Festival of Arts and Ideas, Celebrate Fairfax and Musikfest. At the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2013, the band was voted "Most Wanted Artists." Countless more have been captivated by the songwriting on Roosevelt Dime’s latest release, Full Head of Steam, which climbed to #6 on New York folk charts and #8 nationally. The group has performed with Hacknsaw Boys, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes as well as on its own tour soon after Full Head of Steam’s release. Roosevelt Dime has recently been featured in Relix Magazine, CMT Edge, Performer Magazine and the Alternate Root Magazine.
The (All New) Acorn Sisters
Two voices and a guitar, The (All New) Acorn Sisters is a Charlottesville, Va.-based duo covering old time, barroom country, Carter family and more. Cookie, also known as Sian Richards, is a founding member of the Central Virginia artists’ collective Performers Exchange Project, starring in endeavors such as Our American Ann Sisters, Shentai Carnival and the Wunderkammer. Sugar, also known as singer/songwriter Sarah White, plays with her pop, honky-tonk and post-punk band The Pearls. She has performed alongside artists such as Earl Scruggs, Justin Townes Earle and Bonnie Prince Billy.