The Wood Brothers / Aoife O'Donovan / Hiss Golden Messenger

  • Prospect Park Bandshell 9th Street & Prospect Park West

A night of sublime harmonies and extraordinary musicianship, headlined by “masters of soulful folk” (PasteTHE WOOD BROTHERS. Comprised of brother Oliver and Chris (who also plays bass in Medeski Martin and Wood) and the percussionist Jano Rix, the band released its first studio album, Ways Not to Lose, on Blue Note Records in 2006. What began as a side project whose members had flourishing careers with other bands has gradually become the main event: their most recent release, last year’s Paradise (Honey Jar Records), recorded at Dan Auerbach’s studio in Nashville where all three members now live, is a revelation.

AOIFE O’DONOVAN has been a powerful presence in the world of American folk since her teens when she founded the progressive bluegrass band Crooked Still. Always a sought after collaborator--she appears on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, a project that features Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and is ⅓ of the project I’m With Her with Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins--she has become an extraordinary solo artist: her latest record The Magic Hour, released earlier this year, “evokes the reverberant chamber pop obsessions of Grizzly Bear and the lush austerity of Alison Krauss.” (NY Times)

The shape-shifting M.C. Taylor, a.k.a. HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER, a North Carolina musician with a voice that’s “craggy and wounded, but it soars in his broken sort of way,” (Stereogum) kicks off the evening with a solo set.