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The best kept secret in music


"Richard Gehr from the Village Voice says:"

"Astrograss lend stratospheric virtuosity to tunes ranging from Bill Monroe to Frank Zappa."
---Richard Gehr, The Village Voice (Dec. 22-28, 2004) - The Village Voice

"Time Out ('Essential New York' issue, Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2004)"

"They are Brooklyn's latest contribution to the indie scene--Astrograss.
Their music is sweet and sweeping and refreshingly void of irony."
---David Tamarkin, Time Out ('Essential New York' issue, Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2004) - Time Out New York


Astrograss - Astrograss (debut CD)


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In its less-than-two-year existence, Astrograss has moved to the forefront of New York’s lively acoustic music and bluegrass scene. The band’s self-titled debut album, to be released in February 2005, showcases its unique sound: earthy, bluegrass-inspired yet decidedly un-twangy, and equally passionate in its vocal harmonies as in its surging improvisations. In concert, Astrograss wows audiences with an eclectic yet solidly rooted mix of original material, choice covers ranging from Jimmy Webb to Guns n’ Roses, and an occasional foot-stompin’, “yee-haw”-inspiring fiddle hoedown.

Astrograss has performed in New York venues such as BB King’s Blues Club, The Mercury Lounge, and the Rodeo Bar, in addition to regular gigs at New York’s home of bluegrass, the Parkside Lounge. In June 2004, the band undertook a tour of the Midwest, culminating with two sets at the highly esteemed Appalachian Uprising bluegrass festival in Ohio. In addition to club and festival appearances, Astrograss has become sought-after for private and corporate events and weddings. Most recently, the band has begun a highly successful series of free, bi-weekly children’s performances at NY Perks in Brooklyn.

Astrograss was formed in summer 2003 when Jordan Shapiro recruited three top-shelf New York-area musicians (Kiah, Grubner, and Lichtman) to play music he had been writing over the last few years. Collectively, the band members' resumes include performances and collaborations with Eddie Palmieri, Phish's Mike Gordon, the Key West Symphony Orchestra, Lenny Kravitz, Henry Threadgill, and Zappa vocalists Ike Willis and Napolean Murphy Brock.