Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Dead Horses

Sun King Brewery & MOKB Present

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Dead Horses

Simon Balto

Wed, February 1, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The HI-FI

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
In 2010, the five Wisconsinites that make up Horseshoes & Hand Grenades found themselves in a living room in the college town of Stevens Point, WI, holding acoustic instruments and enjoying a hodgepodge of fermented beverages. Music and revelry ensued that evening and, while many of the party guests eventually bid their goodbye well into the morning hours, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades wasn't ready to let the get-together fade. Five years later, the music still hasn't stopped and the party is still going strong, from the mountain west to the river towns of the Midwest that the quintet calls home.

While strongly rooted in bluegrass, old-time, and folk music, the band produces a sound that draws on the vaults of music collectively and individually enjoyed throughout the course of their lives thus far. The music doesn't lend itself well to categories or boundaries. One could probably be formed, but the boys seem to generally prefer fishing a river, or enjoying the company of friends and barley beers.

Yet with their music well-defined or not, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades has begun to form a place in the Midwest music scene, gaining recognition on both a regional and national scale. The band took 3rd place at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Band Competition in 2012 and has since shared the stage with Trampled By Turtles, The Travelin' McCourys, Railroad Earth, Merle Haggard, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Marty Stuart, and many more. The group's third full-length Middle Western was released in March of 2015. Being mostly inspired by rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink, this five-piece is as sturdy as any Midwest riverbed and will make your toes tap from sundown to sunrise.
Dead Horses
Dead Horses
Originally hailing from a small Wisconsin town made world famous by a pair of overalls (Oshkosh, B'Gosh), the now Milwaukee-based trio have traversed most of the Great Lakes on the road to becoming acclaimed national touring artists. Since their formation in 2010, Dead Horses have cultivated a roots sensibility well beyond their years due in part to the powerful musical and literary force that is their frontwoman and songwriter, Sarah Vos.

Raised on Bible Hymns by her preacher father, Vos' backstory sounds more like that of an old bluesman from the Mississippi Delta than a young folk singer from Wisconsin. Vos' gospel, living free and unapologetically, is supported with conviction by Peter Raboin on mandolin and guitar, and Daniel Wolff on double bass. Despite their youth, Dead Horses have crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by modern folk as it is by the classics.

Following the release of their sophomore album Space and Time in 2014, Dead Horses have toured tirelessly. From ballrooms to festivals, and most recently with a drummer in tow, Dead Horses have performed with Trampled by Turtles and Elephant Revival, as well as on mainstages at Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Americana Music Festival, and Red Ants Pants.

At one such fateful festival, Dead Horses piqued the interest of Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) who later invited the band to his studio to record their third album, Cartoon Moon. Featuring organ, banjo, harmonium, and Coomer on drums, the forthcoming September 2016 album is a masterful achievement from a band that has come into its own.
Simon Balto
Simon Balto
SIMON BALTO is a singer of folk and alt-country songs originally from the Driftless area of Southwest Wisconsin, who has bounced back and forth between Madison, WI and Chicago, IL over the last decade. Coming on the heels of an EP of field recordings that was released in 2012, Balto's first full-length album, The Roads that Make Men Weary, is a ten-song collection that roots itself solidly in the storytelling tradition. It draws its style from a range of influences, both musical and not. More than anything, the style and storytelling are especially informed by the hills of western Wisconsin that were his early home, and by the people he's met there and in travels around the country. An avid writer and reader, Balto's songs focus on narration: workers and lovers, mothers and sons, the dying and mourning, and the prideful and the abused. The lyrics are the focus here, set over sparse acoustic arrangements of guitars, harmonica, and mandolin. They drift between hope, loss, love, and more, without approaching the maudlin. The Irish music site Deadly Music! recently enthused that Balto's songwriting is driven by "poetry as skillful as Blood on the Tracks," in a review naming the new album "highly recommended."

Touring in support of the album, Balto has shared stages with a range of artists in recent months, from folk-influenced acts like Kalispell and Field Report to bluegrass bands like Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.
Venue Information:
The HI-FI
1043 Virginia Ave #4
Indianapolis, IN, 46203
http://www.hifiindy.com/