The Tinklers! What can be said about The Tinklers??!! Wikipedia reports that “the group consists of Charles Brohawn and Chris Mason, both of whom sing, play guitar, and percussion instruments of varying degrees of quality (including cigar boxes, spoons, and other types of junk). Both members are also actively engaged in creating art in other mediums including visual art and books. Their music can be characterized as outsider music due to its lack of traditional musical skills and abilities including proficiency at their instruments and the ability to sing in tune. Their performance method and practice eschews conventional standards of skills thought necessary for making music and can be historically placed with other acts such as Jad Fair and Half, Daniel Johnston, and many more obscure musicians.” Come check these guys out – this may be their only outing in 2019 and it is a show you will never forget. They use poetry, elaborate development of lyrical and musical themes, and a disarming innocence of mission to create something truly unique and wonderful. They were the subject of an adoring documentary called “Everybody Loves The Tinklers.” And it’s true (except for the death threats elicited by their clips on NPR).
Bob Pyle is an off-beat country-folk singer/songwriter based in Maryland. His performing career dates back to the 1970s, both as an individual folk performer, and as an old-time country banjo player with a string band called the Famous Pyle Brothers. His songs tend toward humor and novelties, but he also has a political purpose in supporting vegetarianism, animal rights, and family farms. Pyle is also known for his peculiar antics, enormous underwear, riotously entertaining albums, and an inscrutable sense of humor which is evident in his prodigious body of work. He was the subject of a documentary, “Bobumentary” which explores Bob’s unusual style.
Admission: $12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time students with ID