The Town Pants w/s/g The Probables
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 9:30 PM EDT
Funk 'n Waffles Music Hall, Rochester, NY
18 years and over
The Town Pants: With a decades worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway.
And while The Pacific Northwest may not be the first place you would expect to hear rollicking Celtic roots music, but The Town Pants are determined to change that. TheVancouver,Canada based band combines aspects of Irish traditional, folk rock and rootsAmericana, fusing their signature dual lead vocals to create their own unique brand of high energy "West Coast Celtic." that remains in the heart and head long after the music stops. There are lots of Celtic folk rock bands out there, but rarely does a band has this combination of passion, energy, animation and spirit that makes for some of the most imaginative songwriting you’ll find in the genre.
With performances in hundreds of cities and over a dozen countries, The Town Pants have become a consistent audience favorite at Celtic, Folk, World, Irish and even Rock festivals throughout the United States, Canada and in Europe.
The Probables:The Probables are a feel-good, folk-grass band from the rolling hills of western New York. The band formed in March of 2016 and hit the ground running by releasing their first EP in July of the same year. Their dedication and passion for the music can be heard from deep within their original songs that are only one part of their repertoire. With traditional bluegrass and rock -n- roll roots, the group’s goal is to fuse Folk, Bluegrass, and Roots-Rock music to deliver a unique soul reaching sound to their listeners.
The Probables consist of 5 members but often play as a four man band or even a duo. Steve Johnson, lead singer, is the former front man of Big Leg Emma. Tom Hodges, the former lead guitar player from Big Leg Emma currently plays the mandolin and sings high harmonies, while Dylan Derby, formally of The Derbines is on stand-up Bass. Matt Gronquist, formerly of The Naked Apes, plays the accordion and fiddle while complimenting Steve and Tom's vocals in a beautiful three part harmony. Completing this distinct sound is Nate Blick on drums, of Company Townes.
The group’s distinctive name was decided upon during a booking exchange with the organizer of the annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman, NY. The band had not yet chosen a name when they expressed interest in making a debut at the annual festival. The organizer of the festival, responded, "I'll probably book you, so I guess we should just call you 'The Probables”. The rest is history.