Christie Belanger (of Dirty Bird), Michael Gay (of Almighty American)
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Christie Belanger (of Dirty Bird)
Dirty Bird hails from the concrete woodlands of New York City, and consists of Christie Belanger, Melissa Escudero, Natasha Thweatt, Nick Katz, John Crisan, Eli Greenhoe and Blake Suben. Though the band is young, each member has spent his or her life grounded in music. With roots going back to New York’s renowned arts school LaGuardia High School, the members of Dirty Bird reconnected in 2016, and in true New York style bring a wide variety of musical backgrounds—ranging from jazz to bluegrass to classical—together in one vibrant and wholly original folk sound.
Since forming, the band has presented powerful performances to venues including Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Mass MoCa and Radio Bean, and the Northside Music Festival. Dirty Bird brings both new and long-devoted audiences intimate, poetic lyrics charged by three-part harmony and lively, distinctive arrangements. Soulful, harmonious, and ever-evolving, Dirty Bird’s music redefines what it means to be a folk band.
Michael Gay (of Almighty American)
With a deep appreciation for the songwriting greats of his father’s generation, Michael Gay has set out to leave his own mark with his band, Almighty American. "I've learned a lot about empathy through songwriting,” Gay told City Pages. "I try to do the story justice and not always go for the easy rhyme.” His approach to songwriting pairs with a classic Americana sensibility and feel to breed earnest songs with melodies that stick with the listener. Influences such as old literature, cowboys, and the open road can be heard and felt throughout his debut full-length album, Somewhere Ride. Since the release of “Somewhere Ride” Michael has opened regional dates for national acts including Margo Price, The Mavericks, Andrew Combs and Kacy and Clayton.
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