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The Crooked Jades at the Arcata Playhouse

The Crooked Jades are a Bay Area string band who have created an innovative modern sound drawing from the roots of American traditional music. Founded in 1996 by Jeff Kazor (vocals, guitar and ukulele) and Lisa Berman (vocals/slide guitar/banjo/harmonium), the band also includes Erik Pearson (vocals, banjo, ukulele, harmonium, slide guitar), fiddler Emily Mann, and adjunct Jade Charlie Rose, who plays bowed bass. The Crooked Jades have performed at rock clubs, festivals and concert halls across the US and Europe and have released 8 critically acclaimed albums, including 2019’s “World’s On Fire”, drawn from their collaboration with modern dance choreographer Kate Weare.


"This San Francisco quintet keep true to their old-time string band heart, yet in subtle, weird ways, they exaggerate the slightly-crazed aura of the rural pre-radio era music. It makes for a haunting, sophisticated trip to Appalachia. Mixing originals and traditional songs flawlessly, this might be the finest band to come out of the string-band resurgence."  – Boston Herald


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