Concert review: The Deadly Gentlemen’s Ball (Peter Rowan, The Deadly Gentlemen, Joy Kills Sorrow, Chris Eldridge & Julian Lage) (1/25/2014)

Saturday night was the first-ever Deadly Gentlemen’s Ball, a one-night bluegrass festival hosted at the Sinclair right here in my hometown of Cambridge. The Deadly Gentlemen are a local bluegrass-ish band, and they were playing host and curator for the whole night as well as contributing a couple of sets of great music. The other acts on the bill included a duet of Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage, a band called Joy Kills Sorrow, and the Boston-born bluegrass legend Peter Rowan.

First up was Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge – I’d seen each of them separately (with Gary Burton and the Punch Brothers, respectively) and thought they were both excellent guitarists, so I was looking forward to seeing them perform together. They did a great set (maybe even my favorite of the night) with music representing a variety of genres (mostly on the bluegrass< --->jazz spectrum), some instrumental and some with vocals. As an encore they did a lovely version of “Someone to Watch over Me,” which I filmed in spite of a rather chatty crowd:

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