Dust Bowl Faeries is an ethereal gothicfolk ensemble with a dark cabaret twist. The unique compositions of Dust Bowl Faeries have roots in Gypsy, klezmer, and vaudeville music. Accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lapsteel, electric guitar and percussion combine to create the Dust Bowl Faeries’ otherworldly sound. The band was founded by artistmusician Ryder Cooley in 2013. Ryder – who co-hosts the weekly Helsinki Hudson open-mic night – is accompanied by Karen Cole, Jen DuBois and JoAnn Stevelos. Hazel, a taxidermy sheep, performs with the Dust Bowl Fairies as mascot spirit animal/gogo dancer. The group released its Seth Rogovoy-produced eponymous debut album earlier this year.
Luis Mojica uses the piano to cast wild narrative spells. He weaves words, chants, and sounds through a loop pedal combining Baroque-style compositions with beatbox and pop percussion. After spending four years in the mountains, Luis has emerged with his debut studio album, titled “Wholesome.” The album features Melora Creager (of Rasputina) on cello and Brian Viglione (of Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) on drums.