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Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of the self-taught art on view at the museum. Support the proceedings with a donation-based cash wine bar. Admission is always free.

Hosted by Lara Ewen.

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5:30 pm-7:30 pm


Tonight's Performance

5:30 pm

Jalopy Theatre Presents at the American Folk Art Museum: The Berger Sisters

On the first Friday of each month, Jalopy Theatre sponsors music at the American Folk Art Museum as part of a continuing partnership. Tonight’s performance features The Berger Sisters.

The Berger Sisters’ collaboration has been a long time in the making. Mariel is an improvisational pianist, composer, and guitarist; Melody a classically trained violinist/vocalist turned award-winning bluegrass fiddler. In addition to original songs they explore music from around the world, throwing in pretty much anything they fancy. With enchanting harmonies and grooving, danceable songs, the sisters promise to delight!

Award-winning fiddler Melody Allegra Berger has been playing violin since the age of five and is classically trained in both violin and voice. She fell in love with bluegrass over ten years ago and has been raising a ruckus ever since. You can hear her on Season 2, Episode 5 of House of Cards in a scene where she also coached an actor to look like he was fiddling. For the past couple years she toured the world with bluegrass/hip hop superstars Gangstagrass, Emmy-nominated for their theme song on the hit series Justified, and her fiddling is on their album American Music which debuted at no. 5 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart.

Mariel Berger has been composing music since infancy and playing piano since she was four years old. Some highlights in her varied career include opening for Mos Def while accompanying singer Lilla D’Mone, subbing in the Broadway pit band for Evita, premiering her music at the Renee Weiler Concert Hall for the Women’s Work Series, and touring through Europe creating sound for the project You & Me. Mariel curates a monthly performance series, The Moon Show, and teaches songwriting in Brooklyn. She likes to write dreamy, honest, and heart-felt songs.

At the end of their set we will have a rollicking resistance singalong.

Maybe So, the debut album from Brooklyn-based folk duo The Berger Sisters, features dreamy, acoustic originals and lush sister harmonies with the occasional fiddle-driven trad tune thrown in for good measure.

Stream it on The Bluegrass Situation:

“Terrific new traditional album… impresses with its quality and earnestness.”
—No Depression

“The Berger Sisters enchant the audience.”
New York Times




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