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MUSIC: Bluegrass/funk group visits Rockland coffeehouse this Saturday, Jan. 14

2012 January 9
Bluegrass or Otherwise CD by Ethan Robbins

Rockland, Mass.’s Blue Moon Coffeehouse will feature a performance by Boston-based Ethan Robbins & Cold Chocolate this Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. The music from this group is hard to pin down. It’s a fusion of folk, funk and bluegrass that they call “Bluegrass Funk.”

Ethan Robbins & Cold Chocolate

Ethan Robbins & Cold Chocolate

Robbins began playing bluegrass guitar at Oberlin College in Ohio, where he met Kirsten Lamb, bassist for Cold Chocolate. Later, after moving to Boston, they connected with banjo player and MIT physicist James W. McIver, who added a funkified sound to the group and earned the nickname James “Brown” McIver. Drummer Ariel Bernstein added even more of a funk groove to their music.

Listen to some music from the group (Be patient; ReverbNation widgets take forever to load):


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