April 22 at 7:30PM
This concert is underwritten by a generous donor.
This special co-bill features Pesky J. Nixon and Miles to Dayton, two outstanding bands that really know how to engage their audiences. Pesky J. Nixon and Miles to Dayton will perform their own music and each other’s, often with all band members on stage at once.
These folks from New England exude a genuine musical authenticity and mirth on stages up and down the East Coast. Drawing influences from contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrass, and the sardonic yet wry wit of New England’s localized folk scenes, Pesky J. Nixon (PJN) creates an atmosphere both inviting and challenging for audiences. Compelling harmonies and narratives rein in disparate instrumentation including- zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and a myriad of string instrumentation. With rich harmonies and musical versatility PJN brings a unique brand of infectious energy and stage banter to every stage they grace. At times putting on a show that borders on brotherly bickering these boys specialize on bringing the audience into their world, songs, and stories.
Click here to visit Pesky J. Nixon’s website.
Come and meet the family you never knew you had. The music of Miles to Dayton (M2D) happens at a personal level, their message of love blending elements of folk, rock, classical, and funk into an irresistible invitation. The M2D recipe is simple: four-part vocal harmony, clever songwriting, improvisational violin and cello, and an infectious rhythm section that stirs up the creative stew.
At the heart of their unique marriage of styles lies a real-life marriage: vocalist Krista Preddice shares the microphone with husband Jonathan Preddice, who, in addition to being the principal songwriter for the group, also shines on guitar, cello, accordion, and trumpet. Bassist Dave March (Krista’s brother) and dynamic violinists Leanne Strom and Alisa Rabbitt (Jon’s sister) add depth to the vocal harmonies, with Dave’s low, soulful bass and the double violin soaring classical virtuosity providing the sonic bookends for the M2D sound. Drummer Brian Kroll, propels the music forward with an exciting and funky edge.
Click here to visit Miles to Dayton’s website.
Here is a video of Miles to Dayton and Pesky J. Nixon performing Jonathan Preddice’s song “Great South Bay”