The Crooked Jades, called the finest string band in America by The Boston Herald, will be live in concert, previewing new music that they are currently recording for an upcoming release. Their music explores the roots of Americana, mixed with diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa. The show is on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Marin County’s beloved Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. Since the announcement of the concert, the catastrophic fires in our region have made a deadly and destructive impact, and the band is motivated to create a positive influence. The Crooked Jades leader Jeff Kazor states, “I'm sure we've all been touched by the devastating fires that have destroyed nearly 7,000 homes and have taken 40 lives. Our hearts go out to those affected by the North Bay fires. The Crooked Jades want to help any way we can, and we would very much like to re-direct the intention of the November 16 event to be a Fire Relief Benefit Concert. All proceeds from the event will be donated to North Bay Fire Relief: https://www.redwoodcu.org
and Rebuild Sonoma Fund: http://rebuildsonomafund.org. Rainy Eyes will open the show. We promise a wonderful evening of music and hopefully some healing power in the face of this overwhelming tragedy.”
Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor’s vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. Their new music continues their mission to re-imagine old-time music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Building on an old-time foundation, the band filters old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, seeking to make sense of the future, reaffirming the importance of connecting to our roots in a time of intense digital connection. Writes Bluegrass Unlimited, “Chords in unexpected places, out of this world harmonies, and some of the most powerfully-arranged material I’ve ever encountered.” Innovative and fearless, constantly evolving and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe.
The Crooked Jades are currently working their music alchemy in the studio, making progress on their 9th album, projected for an early spring 2018 release. The band’s following have been clamoring for this, and one fan in particular is helping to make it possible. He was so impressed with the Crooked Jades performance at the California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival this year, that he became a benefactor to financially sponsor the new recordings with the band’s present configuration.