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Hoots & Hellmouth
Special Guest: Vinegar Creek Constituency
Hoots & Hellmouth
Create a new tradition and join Philadelphia’s own Hoots & Hellmouth as they return to the Capitol Theatre, performing a wholesome mix of roots, rock and folk. Hoots & Hellmouth are a busy bunch. Road warriors to the bitter end, they’ve somehow found time to enter the studio twice in the last year to produce two records showcasing their forward-thinking roots/soul music. Their latest offering, the full-length Salt, was recorded in their hometown of Philadelphia. The result speaks volumes to the evolution of a band committed to pushing their boundaries and exploring new sonic horizons.
Vinegar Creek Constituency
The Vinegar Creek Constituency, an eclectic, incendiary string band out of the PA Dutch Country, channels the venerable old ghosts of the American folk tradition through imaginative, emotive original songs delivered with rock-n-roll intensity. Full of shouting, floorboard-stomping soul, their live performances are uplifting, high-energy events with fans dancing in the aisles…clapping, stomping and singing along.
The musicians of VCC come from diverse musical backgrounds that range from experimental garage rock to traditional old time Appalachian string band music and gypsy jazz. Consequently, the band’s sound encompasses elements of many styles, including super-charged bluegrass, early rockabilly, swing, vaudeville and ragtime.
VCC was first conceived in 2005 as a side project by Leo DiSanto, a Lancaster, PA singer/songwriter then fronting a rock band. The group’s first (and for a long time only) show was at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club opening for Appalachian guitar legend Larry Keel (who sat in with VCC for a Bill Monroe tune). All of the band members were with other groups at the time, and the Constituency played only a few sporadic shows locally in their first few years. But, by the Spring of 2008, the musicians of VCC had begun to approach the project with increased focus and commitment.