King Isto's Tropical String Band is a Brooklyn-based tropical string band. They play traditional Hawaiian music, Hawaiian Jazz, and other music with a tropical theme. Their main influences include King Bennie Nawahi, Sol Hoopii, The Moe Family, and other Hawaiian musicians from the 1920s and 1930s.
The New Moon Blues Band is built around the sounds of traditional acoustic blues, and spiritual tunes. Formed in the spring of 2016, new Moon Blues has developed a full rich sound that stays true to the early acoustic blues sound with the jump of a full blues ensemble. Performing the music of artists such as the Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Sam Chapmon, Mississippi John Hurt and the like. In effort to recreate the emotion and feeling of the time and place this music was most popular. America in the early 1900's.
Karl A. Schwarz is an acoustic blues and gospel guitarist and singer based in Nyc. His styles range from Mississippi Delta Blues, to Piedmont Blues, traditional spiritual and gospel music. Karl has been performing in New York City and through out the untied States as a soloist, as well as with Musa Foday Suso, Jerry Dugger's Acoustic Blues Caravan, Moonshine Blues Band and with his latest project, the New Moon Acoustic Blues Band. With a humble understanding of American history and folklore, Karl performs classic acoustic blues in effort to uplift people through the stories and sounds of early black American acoustic Blues.
The Epistrophy 5 likes to hang out inside the pop hits of the twenties and thirties, mostly. Tin Pan Alley tunes, launched in long-forgotten Broadway revues, that escaped and survived as sheet music on mail-order pianos & as touchstones & star turns for successive new waves and which after decades of being thumped and plucked and handled and mouthed are some oily chestnuts indeed. We also love the New Orleans Rep of that time as delivered by Louis Armstrong's bands chiefly as well as some Uptown Yanks anxious to capture and capitalize on that dreamy Southern feel. Luca Fadda on cornet, Jason Candler on soprano sax, Wade Ripka on banjo, Nick Cudahy on bass, Quince Marcum on drums & vocals, Ben Holzman on washboard.
Felix “Slim” Amieva, born in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in 1973. One of Spain’s leading blues musicians, Felix Slim specializes in blues, ragtime and swing from the 1920’s to 1940’s. Influenced by the Delta, Piedmont, Texas, Jump and Chicago sound, Slim uses slide guitar, fingerpicking and standard and open tunings. He's played his dynamic versions of blues classics and original songs with echoes of flamenco, rebetiko and jazz manouche on 5 albums and has toured in 8 countries worldwide.
Expertly playing and swapping between the harmonica and kazoo, Slim’s unique singing voice complements these instruments, creating a fresh and distinctive yet true vintage sound. He has collaborated with artists as diverse backgrounds and Mingo Balaguer, Raimundo Amador, Bob Margolin, Antonio Serrano, Bobby Radcliff, Tony Coleman, John Toro Richardson, Michael Herman and more.