The Travelin' McCourys

The Funky Biscuit Presents

The Travelin' McCourys

Uproot Hootenanny

Friday January 19, 2018

8:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$20.00 - $40.00 General Admission $25.00 Day Of Show

This event is 21 and over

The Travelin' McCourys
The Travelin' McCourys
The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They’ve also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as “peanut butter and jelly.” It was just right.

They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.

Ronnie says, “We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”

It’s that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin’ McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or—if you hold still long enough—they’ll come to you.
Uproot Hootenanny
Uproot Hootenanny
Uproot Hootenanny was formed in December of 2007 at the Irishmen Pub in Boca Raton, FL. At that time the lineup was Brian Bolen, David Welch, Mike the Drunk, Mike Kayne, and Beau Meyer. This particular night it was Brian Bolen's solo gig and soon everyone was onstage jamming. Brian Trew was in the audience and getting in the spirit of things told them “I have a fiddle in my car” (in a very muffled voice as his jaw was wired shut from a rugby game). The six of them were jamming the night away and the crowd roared... and a spark was ignited.

From the very beginning the boys played traditional Irish music, Mike the Drunk listened to all the old Clancy brothers tunes and taught them to Dave and Brian Bolen. Brian Trew grew up playing traditional and knew all the same tunes and many more. He was asked to join full time when the boys booked a St Paddy’s day gig and only had about 6 Irish tunes in their repertoire. St. Patricks day is sheer craziness and starts for the Hootenannay on March 18th and last till March 17th of the next year!

In the beginning there would be six to sometimes ten people on stage playing; people on washboards, cowbells, harmonicas, it truly was a Hootenanny! The name Uproot was added for two reasons- all the Lads were from all around the country and uprooted to Florida, and of course the word “root” in the name conjures all the different types of roots music they know, love, write and play.

The Lad's first gig as Uproot Hootenanny was at the Village Pump and they still play there every Thursday, it is like home for them. It has only gotten better from there! Some legendary Uproot gigs have been the Lyric Theater in Stuart, sharing the stage with Hermitage Green in Limerick, Ireland in 2012, Open Grass Festival 2009, Farm to Family Festival 2010-2012, Springfest 2012, Hickory Fest 2011, Founders Day 2011, Pig out in the Park 2010-2011, Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2010, Lauderdale by the Sea St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2008-2012 and the list goes on and on.... They also had the pleasure of opening up for the Charlie Daniels Band. The Lads also have their annual tour of Ireland which is a truly magical place for the Hootenanny. They have been there as a group for the past four years and it gets better every time they set foot in the Emerald Isle. The people are amazing, warm and they love American culture and folk music!

The band's live shows are high energy and the Lad's banter and beaming smiles are contagious. The shows are non-stop fun and regardless of how you entered the venue, you leave with a silly smile. Uproot tours Florida regularly and can be seen troughout the state with a high concentration at home in South Florida all year round, with stints in Ireland, and up the Eastern seaboard.

The Lad's would love to come to your town and show you a real good time!
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/