“The Carter Family for the millennial generation” is how the Boston Globe describes Damn Tall Buildings, a bluegrass trio dipping its musical toes into swing, ragtime, jazz, and country. The influences are old as the hills, but the infectious dance energy is decidedly young. In their early days, Damn Tall Buildings didn’t rehearse – they busked. Now, whether live or on record, the trio still radiates the energy of a crew of best friends playing bluegrass on the street. Anchoring that energy is their instrumental chops and rock solid songwriting. Whether sharing lead vocals and instrumental solos or blending their voices into high-spirited harmony, Damn Tall Buildings is a tight unit equal parts competence and joy. Their choruses are the kind you sing along to with a glass raised into the air.
In 2013, then students at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the band took their instruments to nearby street corners and jammed for hours on old bluegrass and blues songs, traditional fiddle tunes, and eventually their own original music. Busking, a continuous test of one’s ability to command an audience’s attention, cemented their closeness and fostered their infectious performance style. Since then, Damn Tall Buildings have recorded four albums, toured widely, and appeared at top roots festivals like Freshgrass, Walnut Valley Festival and Merlefest. We’re jazzed to welcome Damn Tall Buildings to their first-ever performance in Santa Fe.
7PM doors / 7:30 show / no opener
Presented in collaboration with The Kitchen Sink & SF Performance Exchange.