Binghamton houseconcert w/ Theory Expats, Hoot & Holler — July 22, 2018

I first met the three talented young artists — Sadie Gustafson-Zook (fiddle, guitar, kazoo, ukulele, vocals), Ethan Setiawan (mandolin) and Andrew Pauls (banjo, guitar, vocals) — of Theory Expats in 2015 when I was running sound for an international Mennonite convention in Kansas City. We became quick friends and shared music together throughout the weekend. Upon leaving, we promised to play together again someday. That day has finally arrived… it is July 22nd, 2018! And just in case that’s not enough, Hoot and Holler from Asheville, North Carolina will also be joining us for the evening.

July 22nd, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Potluck at 6:30 pm
Chenango Craftsman HC in Binghamton, NY
$10 donation (100% to the artists)

Theory Expats

Flying fingers and maple syrup voices blend into the harmonious melting pot that is Theory Expats. Comprised of two accomplished singer-songwriters and a world-class mandolinist (2014 National Mandolin Champion, 2017 RockyGrass Mandolin Champion),  the band met in a classical music theory class at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana and naturally, they formed a jazz-pop-folk band. The trio of friends recorded an EP, What A Way To Start Your Day, and played shows from Pennsylvania to Kansas during their 2014- 2015 run. Setiawan’s move to Boston on a full-ride scholarship to Berklee College of Music prompted a hiatus in 2015, marked with a quick reunion in the spring of 2016. Recently, Pauls and Gustafson-Zook relocated to the East coast and the band released a new EP, Three Beautiful Ponytails, marking a new era and opening new doors for the Theory Expats.

Hoot and Holler

Hoot and Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. Each are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft, both equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as they are to authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. After spending the better part of 2016 living in a camper van while playing shows across the country, they now call Asheville, North Carolina their home.

Instrument swapping is common during a performance. Sometimes they don two guitars, other times switching to fiddle and banjo, all the while seamlessly blending their vocals as they sing songs infused with the vitality of the landscapes which they have traveled.

They have received scholarships to the Blackpot Camp as well as Augusta Heritage Center to study the stylistic nuance of Cajun and Appalachian music. When performing or teaching workshops, they strive to honor the ancient sounds of those who came before while bringing their own voice to the stage.