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Sunday, December 18, 2022 - 7:00 pm

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Taylor Ashton opens.

Following the commercial success of their 2020 streaming Hanukkah concert from Levon Helm Studios, critically-acclaimed progressive bluegrass band Nefesh Mountain bring a special Hanukkah-themed show to the Kate. The concert will feature original material from the five-piece New York-based band, as well as a selection of classic bluegrass tunes, songs made famous by The Band, Bob Dylan, and a few of Woody Guthrie’s timeless, and not often performed, Hanukkah songs. The band's lineup will include the husband and wife team, and founders of Nefesh Mountain, Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg. They will be joined by longtime band members Alan Grubner, David Goldenberg and Max Johnson.

ABOUT NEFESH MOUNTAIN: Critically-acclaimed, pioneering bluegrass band Nefesh Mountain is the first of its kind to blend American folk musical traditions with a rich, Jewish cultural heritage. They have released two albums to date, and their newest project entitled Songs For The Sparrows, will release in Summer, 2021, featuring special guests Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. The band weaves together its unique blend of bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, and American roots with its own background as Jewish Americans. Creators, band leaders, and husband-and-wife team Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are the heart of this eclectic offering, alongside longtime bandmate and fiddle player Alan Grubner, David Goldenberg on mandolin, and Max Johnson on bass. This quintet is adept with a string virtuosity that is reflected in their arrangements of modern folk/bluegrass, combined with songs of the heart and a sense of oneness and purpose that inspires all of their work. The band has been called “Refreshingly Eclectic” by Rolling Stone, “Crisp, clear, and magical” by No Depression, and “Refined, timeless bluegrass” by The Bluegrass Situation. They have recorded and shared the stage with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Tony Trischka, David Grier, Mark Schatz, John Doyle, and Mike McGoldrick, among others.

About Taylor Ashton

Taylor Ashton is a Canadian singer and songwriter living in Brooklyn. He spent the first half of his twenties on the road across Canada as frontman of the band Fish & Bird before moving to New York to work on a new set of songs and a new chapter of life. His music takes influence from the cosmic emotionality of Joni Mitchell, the sage vulnerability of Bill Withers, the humour and heartbreak of Randy Newman, and old-time and Celtic folk music. Alternately accompanying himself on clawhammer banjo and electric guitar, Taylor croons poignantly clever lyrical insights while effortlessly gliding between a Bill Callahan-esque baritone to a Thom Yorke-like falsetto.