RiverRoots series to host The Accidentals Saturday
January 5, 2017
A young trio receiving national attention will bring their musical talents to Madison this weekend. The Accidentals will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bicycle Hall as the newest piece of the RiverRoots Music Series. The group found its start as a duo in 2011 when members Katie Larson and Savannah Buist met in high school and started making music. Before graduation in 2013, the two completed a pair of albums of original material. In 2014, Michael Dause was added to the group. Both Larson and Buist are featured on bass, guitar, piano, strings and vocals. Dause provides backup vocals as well as guitar and drums. The Michigan group’s music has been described as folk with an edge that incorporates a variety of instruments including glockenspiel, banjo, accordion and kazoo. In their time together, the band has opened for artists such as Andrew Bird, Brandi Carlile, Rusted Root, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Joan Baez. In 2015, the band was named Traverse Magazine’s “Red Hot Best,” of Northern Michigan Music for the third year in a row. After performing at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, The Accidentals were named one of the festival’s seven breakout artists by Billboard Magazine. The group released their latest album “Bittersweet,” in 2013 and a seven song “Parking Lot,” EP in June last year. The group’s music has been featured in film, commercials, documentaries and music compilations. As a special treat for middle school and high school-aged students, the band will host an afternoon “alternative strings,” workshop taking participants through each of the instruments used in their performances. Students will also learn about songwriting and crafting. Space for the free workshop, running from 3 to 4 p.m., is limited to 30 students who will also receive a free ticket to the night’s concert. To register for the event, presented by the Ohio River Valley Folk Society and the RiverRoots Music series, visit www.riverroots.org. Tickets to the performance can be purchased online for $10 by visiting www.redbicyclehall.com or for $12 at the door. To learn more about the band, visit www.moreaccidentals.com.