Trout Fishing in America with Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds

Sunday, April 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

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Trout Fishing in America is the eclectic folk/rock band perhaps best known for family/children's music. Songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels on a Big Rig,” and “When I Was a Dinosaur” have earned them a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere. Besides their quirky and memorable kids performances, Trout has electrified festivals and performing arts centers across North America with their deep catalogue of "adult" songs.

Dana Louise astonishes audiences with her vibrant, melodic vocals, adept finger-picking, and cool sound. She is joined by The Glorious Birds — Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass). Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-rooted flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection. 

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Trout Fishing in America

Trout Fishing in America

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. As individuals, they are about as different as one can imagine. Together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured the imagination (and hearts) of audiences of all ages for over four decades. Ezra on guitar and banjo stands 6’8″ tall while Keith on bass stretches to 5’5 1/2″ on a humid day. Ezra is more playful and extroverted while Keith is more serious and reserved. Each of them bring out the best in the other and the joy that comes from this musical interaction is contagious and impossible to deny.

The duo has earned four GRAMMY Nominations for their family CDs. The most recent family release is “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers”. Try saying that five times fast! The CD features tongue twisters, mind-benders, spooky situations and instantly identifiable slices of a kid’s life. In 2017, they changed gears and released a folk/rock CD called “The Strangest Times”. The project is a return to the roots of the band. There are 11 new, original tunes and one cover (BW Stevenson’s On My Own). The songs explore a wide range of feelings and musical styles that blend seamlessly into an inspired and cohesive work. Included in their catalog is a children’s book/CD “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” published through Secret Mountain. The spoken-word tale is followed by 11 original songs relating to the story.

Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds

Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds

A few years ago, Dana Louise, a painter, saw a sun-soaked image of a lava pool surrounded by wild hydrangeas on a mysterious, mid-Atlantic island. She knew that she had to find a way to get there. The self-styled artist’s residency was to last for seven weeks on Flores, but transformed into a seven-month exploration of guitar and songwriting. Dana trained herself on cover tunes but quickly found that she needed to write her own songs. After returning to the states, she moved into an Ozark cabin on Keith Grimwood’s property and committed to a full time musical career. In a very short time, she  developed a complex lyrical style that’s emotionally potent and threaded through with visual imagery. Her vocals are at once forceful and softly genuine.

Enter Adams Collins, one the world’s preeminent banjo-playing vibraphonists. Training as a musician in college, Adams picked the heaviest, most complicated, most cumbersome, least girl-attracting instrument to master. His passion for the twang of the banjo worked its way into his musical life. Adams has played in jazz, bluegrass and Americana bands, weaving warm, intricate textures into a variety of different musical ensembles. Last year, Adams and Dana began performing as a duo locally and regionally.

Meanwhile, Trout Fishing in America, the duo comprised of Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood, was expanding its record company. The focus has been on emerging songwriters. Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds seemed like a natural fit for the label. In the course of producing the album, Keith and Ezra found themselves recording with the band.  With Ezra on drums and percussion and Keith on bass, they  rounded out The Glorious Birds to form the beat that underpins the band’s unique sound. The combination of youth and experience, along with the vibrant family connection, make for exhilarating live shows.

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