Old Bowie Town Grille
Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland
Folkenphunk is an acoustic trio that stands the idea of a traditional bluegrass approach on its ear by incorporating funk, folk, rock, and psychedelic influences into its mix. First formed by upright bassist/guitarist/vocalist David Brumberg and guitarist/vocalist Lowell Neumann Nickey in 2016, the lineup completed itself with Edwin Lightner coming on board to add mandolin and vocals in 2017. This core trio has done very well together and has performed up and down the East Coast.
What Folkenphunk does superbly is making acoustic music for people who might not be hardcore bluegrass fans. The trio adapts and stylizes its material into an original and interesting hybrid sound. A typical set will combine songs from the Grateful Dead, Chuck Berry, Zak Brown, and the traditional Irish music songbook into a singular experience that leaves fans talking for days. The band is typically a three-piece affair but does augment its sound with additional musicians at times, including Vincent Pierce Smith on percussion and Russ Gottleib on banjo. Free show, tips for the band are encouraged!