This "quartet and a quarter" has made its mission to play forgotten gems - as well as favorites - of the golden age of American popular music - and vintage-inspired originals (we call them "un-originals"), all on strings, with some additional instruments like C-melody saxophone, clarinet, temple blocks and bell tree.
The Buck and a Quarter Quartet has played great venues and festivals, including Joe's Pub, Jimmy's No. 43, Red Room at KGB Bar, Edible New York, Positively 8th Street, Club Wit's End, Will Friedwald's Clip Joint, the Parkside Lounge and Otto's Shrunken Head in Manhattan, and Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, SISTERS Bklyn and Freddy's Bar and Back Room in Brooklyn.
You NEVER know who's going to drop into our shows: we never know, either. Our regular guests include Kat Edmonson, Mara Kaye, Bria Skonberg, Jim Fryer, Jim Wildman, Al Street, Evan Arntzen and Arnt Arntzen. We've also performed with Cait Allen, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dan Levinson, Lucas Ferrari, Fernando Montardit, David Ostwald, Conal Fowkes, Cynthia Sayer, Carole J. Bufford, Tara Linhart, Ehud Asherie, Sean Cronin, Del Robles, Uke Jackson, the Scrub Board Serenaders, Les Chauds Lapins, Tirple Paste, Megg Farrell and Ryan Weisheit, Dave Gross, The Swingaroos, Margaret and the Marigolds, 5 Mile String Band, Bliss Blood & Al Street, and Sweet Soubrette. Playing ukes, we backed Molly Ryan at Joe's Pub and Bria Skonberg at Zeb's.
THE BUCK AND A QUARTER QUARTET IS:
John Bianchi - reeds, strings and Vocals
John Landry - violin, Vocals
Angus Loten - Tenor guitar/Banjo, bells
Ben Mealer - uke, Percussion and Vocals
Brian Nalepka - String bass, tuba, bass saxophone and vocals
Lisa Kathryn hokans - Vocals
John Gill - Guitar
Adam Brisbin - guitar
Scott Ricketts - Cornet
Sammy Weissberg - string bass
Joanna Sternberg - STring Bass, vocals