Roosevelt Dime brings CD to Unity

Feb 25, 2014
Roosevelt Dime co-founder Eben Pariser, second from left, grew up in Lincolnville.

Unity — Roosevelt Dime will bring its “Full Head of Steam” album release tour to the Unity College Center for Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

To listen to the music of Roosevelt Dime is to take a journey through American roots music. Inspired by Appalachian string bands, Memphis soul, New Orleans Dixieland and the musical melting pot of Brooklyn that the musicians call home, the band has forged a sound they have come to call Steamboat Soul. After years of thrilling audiences at festivals and venues across the country, the band has fully captured the energy and musicianship of their live performance on “Full Head of Steam.”

Andrew Green (banjo, guitar) and Midcoast Maine native Eben Pariser (electric bass, gutbucket bass) met at Oberlin College and continued their musical collaboration after settling in New York City. Tony Montalbano brought his distinctive drumming to the band shortly thereafter, and Seth Paris (clarinet, saxophone) added his background in big band and West African brass music to fill out the diverse sound. The band developed by busking in the streets and subways, where they learned what it takes to stop someone in their tracks, turn them from a stranger into a listener … and from a listener into a sidewalk Lindy-hopper.

It is the writing, however, that takes center stage and sets Roosevelt Dime apart, thanks to Green and Pariser penning the tunes and sharing lead vocal duties.  Roosevelt Dime has been featured in the Philadelphia Folk Fest, Musikfest, No Depression, “On Your Radar” with WFUV's John Platt and official showcases at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis (2011) and Toronto (2013).

The downtown UCCPA offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures and other various events. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit uccpa.unity.edu or call 948-7469.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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