2/24/18: AMERICANAFEST: Waiting for Henry and Blue Plate Special

Waiting For Henry assembled in 2010 as group of former college bandmates, reuniting to record the album they had never made years ago.  After leaving school, WFH’s members went their own musical ways, with Dave Slomin breaking through with his NYC-based band, Mr. Henry, which signed to EMI after a rousing SXSW showcase.  Mr. Henry’s music captured a unique place between the newly rising Alt-Country of Wilco and Whiskeytown and the earthy American pop rock of acts like Gin Blossoms.  The band recorded with renowned producers John Hampton (Replacements, Gin Blossoms), Niko Bolas (Neil Young) and Dave Bryson (Counting Crows) and toured constantly, headlining clubs and opening for bands as widely varied as Counting Crows and Iggy Pop. They have three albums, including Ghosts & Compromise and Town Called Patience, earning praise on both sides of the Atlantic and hitting the Americana airwaves in 30 states and throughout Europe.  Their music is called “timeless… perfect for any playlist in any era,” (Huffington Post), “a guitar lover’s dream” (Aquarian Weekly) with “indie rock urgency, garage band attitude and a Jayhawks meet R.E.M. intelligent power,” (Alternate Root).  http://www.waitingforhenry.com 
Dave Slomin, guitar and vocals
Dave Ashdown, drums and guitar
Mike Chun, guitar
Rob Draghi, drums

Blue Plate Special, a northern New Jersey based band, serves up a variety of bluegrass, swing, original and traditional roots music.  Crowds of all ages enjoy their catchy tunes and tight vocal harmonies.  The band has toured internationally and shared the stage with Les Paul, Tom Chapin, C.J. Chenier and Little Feat, to name just a few.   The band’s CD of 14 original tunes, Back By Popular Demand”, is available on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and CD Baby, and will be available for purchase the night of the show.  https://www.blueplatespecialmusic.com 

Jay Friedman, vocals and fiddle

Dave Gross, vocals and mandolin

James Hempfling, vocals and guitar

Tom Wise, vocals and upright bass


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