Flat Foot Flatbush | Nick Horner Family

Dancers, fiddlers, and pickers will parade down Flatbush Ave playing old-time tunes while flat footing, a form of percussive dancing from Appalachia. Led by fiddler/dancer Anna Roberts-Gevalt, along with Katie Cohen and Nick Horner of the Nick Horner Family, the parade steps off at 2:30 pm in front of the Brooklyn Library and ends at Barclays Center, with stops along the way to play, dance, and sing.

Never flat footed before? No tap shoes? No problem! Join Anna and Katie for a workshop/performance at 1:00 pm at the Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza). Learn the fundamental steps of this rhythmic Appalachian dance form, practice your moves with the Flat Foot Flatbush string band, and make your own tap shoes. (Bring an old pair of shoes; we’ll bring pennies!)

Flatfoot Flatbush Logo 1027Interested in playing? You’re invited to be a part of the Flatfoot Flatbush Band! Guitarists, mandolin player, fiddle players, banjo players and other stringed instrumentalists are welcome. Email Nick Horner by December 18 to receive a copy of the scores, transcribed and prepared by Ken Kolodner.

Parade route — times are approximate and details subject to change

1:00 – 2:20pm: Performance / workshop at Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library)
2:30pm: Parade steps off with a stop in Grand Army Plaza Park, by the fountain
2:50pm: 8th Ave Triangle (Flatbush Ave at 8th Ave)
3:00pm: 7th Ave Triangle (Flatbush Ave at 7th Ave)
3:40pm: 6th Ave Triangle (Flatbush Ave at 6th Ave)
4:55pm: Bergen & Flatbush
4:10pm: Shake Shack (Flatbush Ave at 5th Ave)
After Party at the Jalopy Theater begins at 7pm. More details here.

Flat Foot Flatbush Band Repertoire (click to listen)
Sandy Boys — uptempo and slow
Big Sciota — uptempo and slow
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss — uptempo and slow
Liza Jane — uptempo and slow
Cluck Old Hen — uptempo
Breaking Up Christmas — on YouTube

Email Nick Horner to receive PDFs of the charts!

Produced in association with the Brooklyn Public Library, North Flatbush Business Improvement District, the Jalopy Theater and School of Music and Explore Brooklyn (from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce).

Grand Army Plaza Park (Brooklyn), 2:30pm

Shake Shack, Flatbush Ave at 5th Ave, 4:10pm

How to Join
All are invited to play, sing, and dance -- no experience necessary! To dance, bring tap shoes or an old pair of sneakers and make your own at the workshop. To play, bring your instrument and email Nick by December 18 to receive the music.

Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a New Englander who apprenticed with Kentucky master fiddlers such as Bruce Greene, John Harrod and Paul David Smith, and master banjo players Lee Sexton and Earl Thomas. She’s co-founded several bands, won awards for her fiddle playing at many conventions and festivals and is a published writer. Berea College gave her a fellowship to research the lives of female fiddlers in Kentucky. She’s finishing up a video documentary about the Kentucky Clodhoppers, a central Kentucky string band. She produced a compilation album of young traditional musicians The New Young Fogies, with Joseph DeJarnette; teaches at fiddle camps and festivals throughout the southeast, and is faculty coordinator of the Cowan Music School, a Kentucky traditional music school. She is one of 25 musicians from around the world chosen to participate in OneBeat, a month-long creative fellowship and tour in Arizona, Nevada and California.

Nick Horner Family is a changing cast of musicians rotating around vocalist and banjoist Nick Horner. After spending time in Baltimore, MD and Interlochen, MI, Nick moved the Family to Brooklyn, NY in hopes of exploring a broader musical palette. Nick and the Family merge the worlds of old-time, bluegrass, folk and even jazz to create an eclectic, alluring sound, employing soaring melody with the soul of Americana. Nick Horner Family performs throughout the greater New York folk scene including frequent performances at the Jalopy Theater, The Cowgirl Seahorse and festivals such as The Old Seaport Street Fest.

Katie Cohen is a Brooklyn-based performer and producer from West Virginia. While classical singing brought Katie out of her beloved hills, it was at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV where she met Nick. She studies voice with Neil Rosenshein and works to create relevant and transformational opera. Past productions include interactive adaptations of Humperdink's Hansel und Gretel and Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne performed with students in Providence, RI and a multilingual production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera produced last spring at Manhattan School of Music. She continues to be involved with anti-mountaintop removal mining and economic justice organizing in Appalachia and beyond.

Lukas Chohany is one of the premier old-time and bluegrass guitarists in the Baltimore area. A Harrisburg PA native, he continues to hone his craft through vocal, classical and jazz studies and gigs extensively in the mid-Atlantic region. He frequently performs with old-time virtuosos Ken and Brad Kolodner, bluegrass Fiddler Patrick McAvenue as well as Irish fiddler extraordinaire Jim Eagan in Baltimore-based Mobtown Stringband. Lukas also leads the Baltimore Bluegrass Jam every Tuesday at Liam Flynn's Taphouse in Station North.

Ethan Joseph is a musician and arts administrator equally at home in the worlds of contemporary music and theater. He currently serves as Manager of Individual Giving for New Music USA and has previously held administrative positions with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and with Make Music New York. He has also worked as a creative development associate for the Broadway production company Spark Productions. A classically trained violinist, Ethan currently performs with various folk, bluegrass and experimental projects throughout NYC.

Bassist Zoe Guigueno grew up on a small island off the west coast of Canada, where playing music and swimming were the two best things to do. At age 16 she was offered a full scholarship to the jazz program at Humber College in Toronto, and at 20 she came out the other end with a handful of awards and a busy touring schedule. She has toured and recorded with a long list of artists, most notably the bands Fish & Bird and Joy Kills Sorrow. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

The North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) is a 501(c)3 organization. The BID was established in 1986 to increase economic development opportunities and enhance the quality of life for its merchants, residents and property owners along Flatbush Avenue, from Atlantic Avenue to Plaza Street. We provide a clean, safe and retail-diverse environment that is a great destination for entertainment, shopping, working and dining, and support this with community programming, special events and supplemental sanitation services and business support. We look forward to continuing these efforts, and in 2015, we'll welcome improved triangle parks and increased pedestrian safety measures.

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