Jon Stickley Trio

The Fire Pit's side bar 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: FREE

Thursday, April 13 at 8:30 p.m.

 

The originality and sheer energy of the genre-bending Jon Stickley Trio serves as a welcome wake-up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums.

The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers. Lost at Last was recorded in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at the iconic Echo Mountain Studios under the watchful eye of producer Dave King (The Bad Plus).

With the success of Lost At Last making it into rotation on radio stations both nationally and internationally, the Trio has traveled over 50,000 miles, performing at over 100 festivals and venues across the country in 2016 (including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC).

The New York Times’ Nate Chinen writes “… there’s hardy cohesion among the players—no less on the Gypsy standard ‘Valse de Wasso’ than on ‘Darth Radar’ a turbocharged original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and friends turn to bluegrass, as on ‘The High Road,’ by Tim O’Brien, they sound both respectful and free.” Premier Guitar Magazine also took note of “Darth Radar,” with Jason Shadrick calling it, “a rapid-fire take that moves from a serious ska beat to burning surf-style runs that would make Dick Dale proud.”

Riding the wave of their critically acclaimed 2015 album, Lost at Last, Jon Stickley Trio independently released a 5-song EP, Triangular, on December 2, 2016 to fans who contributed to funding it through a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. In May 2017 a new full-length, yet-to-be-named album is scheduled for release.