Thu 8/22 @ 7:30PM
Abby the Spoon Lady, whose real name is Abby Roach, is one of those performers you could legitimately call “unique.” She is a spoon percussionist whose take on Americana/roots/folk music leans distinctly retro, with a bit of ragtime, a bit of old-time music, a bit of country blues, a bit of Western swing, some jug band and Appalachian folk and even some pop music from the vaudeville era. It’s not music you’d expect from someone who’s just 37 years old.
Based now in Asheville, North Carolina (she’s originally from Kansas), she got her start as a street performer, traveling around, she claims, by hopping on freight trains. As vintage as that all sounds, she became known through going viral on YouTube. But she’s also an activist for free speech and street performance, advocating for the rights of performers to set up and do their thing in public spaces.
“Playing music on the street creates opportunities for folks to experience things that they perhaps otherwise wouldn’t, such as a professional spoon player, a one-man band, a human statue, or other performances and genres of music outside of the everyday realm of the everyday person,” she says in her bio. “Street performance teaches you to become a sharp people watcher. The reactions we receive are varied and entertaining. Children dancing, people of all ages and walks of life, artists and art lovers all gather around, creating a moment of community on the sidewalk. When the crowds on the street are full, it feels very similar to being wrapped in energy, protected in your own little world. I have the best job ever.”
When she performs at Riverdog Barn she’ll be accompanied by her regular partner, multi-instrumetnalist Chris Rodrigues. She’ll perform not only on the regular barn stage, but also in an outside area that duplicates her usual performing arrangement when she busks.
It’s$15 at the gate, $5 for kids and students with ID. As usual, coolers and picnic baskets are welcome.