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Damn Tall Buildings

February 17, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

Past Event

Whether live or on record, Damn Tall Buildings radiates the energy of a ragtag crew of music students playing bluegrass on the street.

In their early days, the band didn’t rehearse – they busked. They anchored that energy with their instrumental chops, strong songwriting and varied influences that stretch beyond bluegrass, even beyond American roots music altogether.

Whether sharing lead vocals and instrumental solos or blending their voices into loose, joyous harmony, the three members of Damn Tall Buildings (guitarist/lead vocalist Max Capistran, bassist/lead vocalist Sasha Dubyk and fiddler/vocalist Avery Ballotta) blend elements of bluegrass, blues, roots-rock and vintage swing to create a captivating, high-energy sound.

Since their busking days, they’ve made several albums, including 2014’s “Cure-All,” 2015’s self-titled and 2019’s “Don’t Look Down.” The band has relocated to Brooklyn, New York, and toured widely, sharing stages with Sierra Hull and the California Honeydrops and appearing at festivals like Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival and Freshgrass Festival, where they took second place in the 2016 band competition.

Their lyrics find beauty and glory in the mundane, workaday struggles of everyday life – time keeps passing, you don’t like your job, you drink too much, you laugh with your friends, you search for a home and you dream about what else might be out there. You carry on. This is what Damn Tall Buildings sings about and what they seek to share with their audience.

A partnership with Folk Alliance International.