Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards have a vision for their band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and bassist Natalie Bohrn (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese's poignant and powerful singing.
"[This band] head-faked me into thinking they would be a swingy retro quartet, when in fact they're out there on the searching edge of chamber folk and minimalist pulse grass. ... their close and complex harmonies and imaginative arrangements signified the best of folk right now." —Craig Havighurst, The Bluegrass Situation
Their sound can start as a string band, and morph into a string quartet, female a cappella group, or indie band, all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. Watching them on the main stage at a summer folk festival, or tearing it up late-night at a club, you get the sense that they might snap some fiddle strings or punch a hole in the bass drum. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.
"an unlikely heaven-sent artisitic collision between Jackie Oates, Scott Skinner and ELO." —R2 Magazine
Fort Hunter Centennial Barn
5300 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
$24 General Admission
$20 SFMS Members
$10 Students— ages 3 to 22
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