Technical Precision, Virtuosity, and Raw Energy
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
7:00 PM, Thursday, April 28,2011

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The first time on our stage

After six years with the US Navy’s elite bluegrass band Country Current, Frank Solivan, master fiddler and mandolin-player, is out on his own with signature passion and precision. With Washington D.C.-based Dirty Kitchen — an impressive rotation of musical powerhouses, including Mike Munford (banjo, vocals) Stefan Custodi(bass, vocals) and Lincoln Meyers (guitar,vocals)– Solivan builds on his smart, heartfelt style. Raised in the bluegrass tradition from California to Alaska, Solivan has been an award-winning musician almost since he was old enough to hold a fiddle, as well as a key mentor to some of bluegrass’s young stars. He lives with his wife, Leah, in Alexandria, Virginia where, when he isn’t playing and singing he can be found in his own (usually clean) kitchen.

Frank Solivan has opened for Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, Odetta, Allison Krauss and Roseanne Cash. He’s been invited to sit in with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tom Paxton and the Infamous Stringdusters. Solivan has played all over the country for audiences from the Alaska Folk Festival to the National Mall on the Fourth of July, to the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, the California Bluegrass Association’s Grass Valley Festival, the Kennedy Center and the Grand Ole Opry. Solivan has recorded with Rob Ickes, Byron House, David Grier, Kathy Chiavola, Shadd Cobb, Jesse Cobb, Arlo Guthrie, Terry Eldridge, Megan McCormick, Ginger Boatwright and the late great John Hartford.






Sweet Sunny South
Bluegrass. Old-Time. Anytime
7:00 PM Wednesday, May 26, 2010

SweetSunnySouthOn Wednesday, May 26th the Colorado based old-time bluegrass string band Sweet Sunny South will appear at the Martin Hotel for their only Nevada date in 2010. The band will be featuring material from a new release that includes guest appearances by the Denver based jazz heavy, Ron Miles (Bill Frissell, Elvis Costello) on coronet and Phil Wade(The Wilders) on banjo and dobro. The CD entitled “Carried Off By A Twister” introduces a slew of new tunes and finds the band members stretching out in all sorts of new directions.  “Twister” is the 5th CD released by SSS and the band is coming up on their 10th year performing together.

SSS kicks off summer 2010 with a trip to Yosemite, CA for this Memorial Day weekend’s Strawberry Festival (other acts there include Patty Loveless, Richard Thompson and Louden Wainwright III) and winds it up this year with another appearance at SW Colorado favorite Pagosa’s “Four Corners Folk Festival”. Sandwiched between are all kinds of great festival sets, theater shows and summer concert series all across Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado and more. Sign the email list at for all the details and to find out about shows as they are added to the tour schedule. Come and get your copy of Sweet Sunny South’s new release hot off the presses “Carried Off By A Twister”!

SSSTwisterSweet Sunny South is a four piece string band hailing from Paonia, Colorado consisting of guitar(Rob Miller), upright bass(Shelley Gray), fiddle(Cory Obert), mandolin and banjo(Bill Powers). The band makes original music that blends elements of bluegrass, old-time, country, and swing to create a decidedly unique sound. Their specialty is creating a full entertainment experience through live performance, a journey if you will, taking the audience along for the ride across dusty landscapes of the American countryside. There’s high lonesome ballads, for the winsome and rocking old-time fiddle tunes for the dancers.  All four members sing and play around a single microphone and while this approach brings to mind the glory days of the Grand Ol’ Opry, the band’s sound feels new, fresh and dynamic. Smiles warm the room while real, true music fills the air. Sweet Sunny South’s vibe is contagious and gives everyone permission to feel good.

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