Sunday, October 16, 2011

On Tour Through OH, KY and TN...

Hello everybody,

The Dust Busters are heading out on tour again, this time to the great states of Ohio and Kentucky! We will be on tour from Nov. 15th - Nov. 20th, all the dates are below. We are pleased and honored to be performing at To Sing With You Once More: A musical memorial benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Mike Seeger Scholarship Fund. This concert was organized my Michael Oberst of The Tillers, one of our very favorite bands! It is a tribute to the music and work of Mike Seeger.
The concert will feature:
John Cohen with The Dust Busters, Tracy Schwarz and Ginny Hawker, The Tillers with Uncle Mike Carr, Magnolia Mountain, Clifton Hicks, Rabbit Hash String Band, Ma Crow, Andru Bemis, The Comet Bluegrass Allstars, The Williams Family Band, Davy Jay Sparrow and His Well-Known Famous Drovers, Al Scorch's Country Soul Ensemble, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Gerle Haggard, Lee Sexton with John Haywood and Brett Ratliff, Ryan Spearman, Calamity Rain.

Sat, November 19, 2011
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Southgate House
Newport, KY
$12.00 - $15.00

[Mike Seeger with some of his instruments]

Here's all of our November tour dates:

Sunday Nov. 13th - Occupy Wall St. benefit concert
The Jalopy Theater
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY
$10, all proceeds go to the Occupy Wall St. movement.

Tuesday Nov. 15th - Hiram College, Hiram, OH.
Frohring Recital Hall
11764 Dean St., Hiram
Wednesday Nov. 16th - Gone to the country...

Thursday Nov. 17th - Gerstle's Place - Louisville, KY
3801 Frankfort Ave.  Louisville, KY
Seth Folsom will play an opening set.

Friday Nov. 18th - Morelock Music, Knoxville, TN
411 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
...a little after 8pm

Saturday Nov. 19th - To Sing With You Once More benefit, Newport, Kentucky
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Southgate House
Newport, KY
 $12.00 - $15.00
Sunday Nov. 20th - House Concert with John Cohen
2911 South Park Blvd
Shaker Heights, Cleveland, OH

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Halloween Puppet Show and Costume Squaredance...

The Fabulous Jalopy Theater presents:

A Halloween Puppet Show
Costume Squaredance
To benefit Occupy Wall St.
Monday Oct 31st 7pm 
@ The Jalopy Theater
315 Columbia St.

Hosted by The Dust Busters

Featuring music by:
Jesse Lenat (NY),
The Crow Quill Night Owls (Port Townsend, WA)
Blind Boy Chocolate and The Milk Sheiks (Asheville, NC)
99 'cent Stringband (OWS)
The Dolly Wagglers (Vermont)
and more.

Show starts at 7pm with an hour of short puppet shows by various local puppeters and will go till about 1am. Dance from 9-11pm, called by David Harvey of the Dolly Wagglers.                  

About The show and Occupy Movement...
The money from the door will go to buying sleeping pads, coats, blankets and flowers for wall st. This event (like OWS) has no political affiliations. It is simply a way to bring the community together in celebration and support of those putting their lives on the line to remind the goverment that its job is to execute the will of the PEOPLE, not CORPORATIONS!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


For all you fans of the new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, "Prohibition" documentary, you might also like The Dust Busters, "Prohibition is a Failure" album featuring a great selection of old time songs from that golden era of American history!

CLICK HERE to hear the music and order your copy!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

On Tour Through VA, NC and MD

The Dust Busters are taking to the road in early/mid September for a tour through the Upper South, look out!  We'll be playing Saturday Sept. 10th at the Dock Boggs Festival in Norton, VA and have a number of other dates on the way there and the way back, gonna be a bunch of great shows... This will be our second appearance at the Dock Boggs Festival and we're proud to have been invited back!

Wednesday Sept. 7th - Ashland Coffee & Tea - 8pm
100 N. Railroad Avenue
Ashland, VA 23005 - Near Richmond.

Thursday Sept. 8th - Sitting in with Frank Fairfield at the Hopscotch Music Festival - 11:30pm at:
Five Star
511 W. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 833-3311
Age limit: 18+

Friday Sept. 9th - House concert, Asheville, NC.  8pm.   $5 suggested donation, food will be served.
33 Carolina Lane
Asheville, NC 28801

Saturday Sept. 10th - The Dock Boggs Festival - 5pm

Appalachian Traditions Village
6034 Kent Junction Road
Norton, VA 24273
Phone: (276) 431-3338
Phone: (276) 679-0961

Sunday Sept. 11th - The Bywater, playing with The Chocolate Milk Sheiks- 5pm
796 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC

Monday Sept. 12th - off

Tuesday Sept. 13th - Metro Gallery - 8pm.
1700 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hello everybody,

Just letting you know that The Dust Busters will be appearing at the Racoon County Music Festival in Ohio this weekend, Saturday August 13th at 5pm.  And be sure to check out our friends, The Little Brothers - and amazing country blues string band at 4pm!  Looking forward to it!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Upcoming Concerts

Here's information on what's comin' up...

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Thursday Sept. 6th, 2012: 

The Dust Busters with John Cohen CD release concert for our brand new album, "Old Man Below" on the Smithsonian Folkways label.

The Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY
718.395.3214Showtime - 8pm
Cover - $10

Opening band TBA...

Saturday Sept. 22nd, 2012:

The Dust Busters and John Cohen are playing a Woody Guthrie 100th birthday tribute show at Brooklyn College on Saturday Sept. 22nd.  The show is organized by Woody's daughter Nora Guthrie.  Also on the bill that night are Arlo Guthrie, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle and Judy Collins. Should be really cool.  Specific details on the show to follow...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ireland and England Tour June 20th - July 3rd!

Hello everybody, The Dust Busters are on the road again, this time in Ireland and England.  Here’s the dates!  Come say hi if you’re in the area!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Dust Busters to Appear at The Brooklyn Folk Festival!

The Dust Busters will be making their 3rd appearance at The Brooklyn Folk Festival on Saturday June 11th and 9:45pm.  Its gonna be great!  

Here's some more info on the festival:

Brooklyn Folk Festival:
Friday, June 10th- Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at the Jalopy Theater and Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition- Brooklyn, New York.

  Down Home Radio host Eli Smith is proud to announce the 3rd annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, to be held at the Jalopy Theater and Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, NY – Friday, June 10th- Sunday, June 12th, 2011.  The festival will feature the best young talent from Brooklyn’s exploding folk music scene as well as luminaries from the generation that made the 1960’s New York City folk music revival.  The music featured will include traditional styles such as old-time string band music, blues, jug band music, traditional music of Mexico, the Balkans and West Africa, North Indian classical music, local songwriters and more!  There will be concerts throughout the day as well as workshops on various musical styles, film screenings and a Sunday afternoon square dance!  This year will also inaugurate the Brooklyn Folk Festival “Banjo Toss.”  The person who throws a banjo the farthest will win a free banjo!

  The festival will feature luminaries such as Grammy Award winner Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders and Pat Conte of the Canebrake Rattlers and Secret Museum of Mankind, two of the main creators of the 1960’s folk music scene in Greenwhich Village, but will also feature young Brooklyn based talents such as acclaimed blues musician Blind Boy Paxton, ballad singer Elizabeth Butters, old time string band The Dust Busters, Country singer Alex Battles, songster Feral Foster, and many more.  Radio Jarocho, a Mexican folk music collective will perform a variety of styles of music and dance from across Mexico.  Clifton Hicks of Boone, North Carolina will be making a second appearance at the festival following his debut last year, playing his style of traditional banjo music of the Southern Appalachian mountains. The Brooklyn Folk Festival seeks to exhibit the cultural contributions from a diversity of Brooklyn communities, and in particular seeks to highlight the young talent emerging from those communities.

Come down to The Brooklyn Folk Festival in Redhook Brooklyn over the weekend Friday, June 10th- Sunday, June 12th to hear Brooklyn’s best traditional Folk musicians and song writers.  You will hear banjos, fiddles, mandolins, guitars, people blowing on jugs and harmonicas, a world champion whistler as well as great original songs.  If you want to learn how to play, come down to the afternoon instrumental workshops.  The festival costs $20 per day or $55 for 3 days, including the afternoon workshops and film screenings!  The Brooklyn Folk Festival is co-sponsored by Down Home Radio @ & The Jalopy Theater.

The Jalopy Theater is located at
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition is located at:
499 Van Brunt Street
NY 11231-1048

Dust Buster Eli Smith Interviewed on Brooklyn Independent Television

I was lucky enough recently to be interviewed by Jon Gerberg for the program “Caught in the Act” on Brooklyn Independent Television, and here is the result!  Thanks Jon!
I talk about what I do here in Brooklyn with my old time string band The Dust Busters, with Down Home Radio and with the upcoming Brooklyn Folk Festival, scheduled to take place June 10th – 12th of this year.  Its right around the corner!
Here’s a bit more about the “Caught in the Act” program.

“Brooklyn’s art scene is one of the most vibrant and diverse in the world. Each month, Caught in the Act: Art in Brooklyn profiles a cross-section of key Brooklyn professionals in fine art, dance, music, theatre—and new forms of expression combining all of the above. From established institutions of international stature, to the emerging artists and companies that have long made our borough’s arts scene so exciting, Caught in the Act catches them in the act of creating, displaying, interpreting—and enriching—the cultural life of Brooklyn.”

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mud Season Tour: April 30th - May 7th. Look Out!

Spring is in the air and The Dust Busters are taking to the road.  Look out!

Fri. April 29th - New York, NY. We're very happy to be doing a New York show with our friend Andy Cohen.  Andy's an amazing blues and ragtime guitarist and the one and only dolceola player you will ever see anywhere.  Check it out!  No Cover!
9pm Andy Cohen
10pm The Dust Busters
Banjo Jim's located at 9th St. and Ave. C in Manhattan

Sat. April 30th - Washington D.C.

Show time: 8 pm
Washington Ethical Society Auditorium
7750 16th St., NW
Washington, DC 20012.

The Polka Dots will open the show.

Sun. May 1st - Woodcrest Farm, Hillsborough, NC.
7pm. $15 suggested donation.
5604 Dairyland Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278

And at 4pm an instore appearance at:
All Day Records
112a east main st
Carrboro, NC 27510

Monday, March 14, 2011

Goin' to South by Southwest with Peter Stampfel

Well here we are again, The Dust Busters, just back from a successful tour of the Pacific Northwest! But we're not done yet!  We're heading down to Austin, TX to play at South by Southwest, the huge annual music and film festival they have there.  Gonna be fun!  We'll be playing together with our good friend Peter Stampfel of The Holy Modal Rounders. Peter Stampfel + The Dust Busters (with a few other friends thrown in, including John Cohen) = The Ether Frolic Mob.  We often play around New York as Ether Frolic and it'll be fun taking the show on the road.

We'll be out and around town busking and raising a ruckus on Friday the 18th.  Then catch us at our showcase concert at Creekside at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sat. March 19th 1AM- 1:50AM (which is the 20th by then).

Austin Hilton Garden Inn
500 North IH 35
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 480-8181

We have a new album with Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic mob coming out over the Summer.  So look out for that... See ya down South.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On the West Coast... with John Cohen! Feb. 26th-March 12th...

[The Dust Busters with John Cohen, Fall 2010.]

We are very very pleased to be doing a tour of the West Coast with our friend from New Lost City, John Cohen.  John Cohen is a founder of the legendary old-time string band The New Lost City Ramblers, one of our very favorite bands and big inspirations.  John Cohen is a musician, photographer and film maker who has released more than 16 documentary films.  His latest is entitled "Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy, Kentucky."  The film follows Roscoe Holcomb, the singer, banjo and guitar player, construction worker and coal miner whom John encountered in 1959 while doing field work in Eastern Kentucky.  John befriended Roscoe and through John, Roscoe Holcomb was able to tour and play shows around the United States and in Europe, becoming known as one of the truly unique and essential voices of American folk music. It’s a beautiful film and a wonderful tribute to Roscoe Holcomb.

“Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy, Kentucky” recently premiered at the Margaret Meade Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History together with a retrospective of John’s work and also just won the award for Best Documentary Short at the Woodstock Film Festival.

Also, a very nice piece about John Cohen and the new film just aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition: CHECK IT OUT!

Here’s a synopsis of “Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy, Kentucky" that I wrote for the program guide of the Woodstock Film Festival:

“John Cohen explores the life, philosophy and music of Eastern Kentucky banjo player, coal miner and construction worker Roscoe Holcomb. Holcomb has been injured on the job and forced into early retirement. He discusses his life and music and plays a number of traditional songs from his region. Using intimate footage of Holcomb at home as well as footage of his family, community and region, Cohen presents a remarkable and visually beautiful portrait of Roscoe Holcomb, a man who despite economic hardship and changing times has maintained a powerful and authentic personal music and philosophy.”

All shows feature The Dust Busters with John Cohen unless otherwise noted.  Frank Fairfield will join the band for the show at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley!

[Roscoe Holcomb with John Cohen, 1964]

Below are the dates for our upcoming tour.  See ya out in the world!

Sat. Feb 26th, 2pm
Instore appearance at Down Home Music Store
10341 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA - 94530
(510) 525-2129

Sat. Feb 26th, 5pm
Workshops at The Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Old Time 5-String Banjo Workshop w/ John Cohen - Saturday, February 26, 5:00-6:00 pm ($25**)
Old-Time Country Fiddle Workshop w/ Craig Judelman - Saturday, February 26, 5:00-6:00 pm ($25**)
Old-Time Guitar Workshop w/ Eli Smith & Walker Shepard - Saturday, February 26, 5:00-6:00 pm ($25**)
Old Time String Band Sounds & Styles w/ John Cohen, Craig Judelman, Eli Smith, & Walker Shepard - Saturday, February 26, 6:15-7:15 pm ($25**)
**There is a discounted fee of $40 if you sign up simultaneously for one of the 5:00 workshops and the 6:15 Old Time String Band Sounds & Styles.

Mon. Feb 28th, 7:30pm
Show at The Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

- The show starts at 7:30pm with a showing of John's new Roscoe Holcomb film, then at 8pm the great Bay Area bluegrass band Kleptograss and then The Dust Busters with John Cohen.  We will also be joined on this show by our friend Frank Fairfield!

Tuesday March 1st, 9pm
Missing Link Records
819 J St
Arcata, CA 95521

- We're playing at this great record store and showing John's new movie. This show is sold out at the moment, but check with Missing Link for ticket availability- (707) 826-0590.

Wed. March 2nd, 6:30pm
Bijou Theater
492 East 13th
Eugene, OR 97401

Wed. March 2nd, 9pm 
The Granary Pizza Company
259 E 5th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401 

Thurs. March 3rd, 8pm
Mission Theater 
1624 NW Glisan
Portland, Oregon 97209

- We're super excited for this show with the full Foghorn Stringband, reuniting for this show. Show will start with John's new movie about Roscoe Holcomb, then the Dust Busters with John Cohen, then Foghorn...

Fri. March 4th, 6:30pm
Grand Illusion Cinema
1403 NE 50th St
Seattle, Washington 98105

-We're screening John Cohen's new movie Roscoe Holcomb, From Daisy Kentucky, as well as Remembering an Old Song and Sarah and Maybelle Carter at 630 and 930 pm. The films will be followed by a short talk back with John. At 8pm, there will be a performance by The Dust Busters with John Cohen before the second screening.

Sat. March 5th, 6:30pm
1026 North Forest Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

- Two sets, The Dust Busters with John Cohen

Sat. March 5th, 9pm
Pickford Film Center
Bellingham, Washington 98225

-We will screen John's new movie featuring Roscoe Holcomb at his home in eastern Kentucky playing and talking about his life. We will also screen John's films "The End of an Old Song," and "Sarah and Maybelle Carter."

Mon. March 7th, 7pm
San Juan Community Theater
100 2nd Street, Friday Harbor, Washington
(360) 378-3210

Sat. March 12th, 8 PM
Rogue Folk Club
St. James Hall - 3214 W. 10th Avenue
Vancouver, British Co CANADA 

- sans John Cohen, plus new Roscoe movie

Friday, January 14, 2011

Midwestern January "Snow-Season" Tour...

Hello Everyone,

The Dust Busters are taking to the road again for our January 2011 Midwestern "Snow-Season" tour. Its gonna be a great tour, with a number of really cool shows on the schedule! See ya out there in the world...

Wednesday Jan. 19th- Hiram College, Hiram, OH. 

Thursday Jan. 20th- House Concert in Cleveland, OH sponsored by Roots of American Music.

Friday Jan. 21st- Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL - Trad Fest with Bruce Molsky and the Foghorn Stringband.

Saturday Jan. 22nd- Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL - Trad Fest with Bruce Molsky and the Foghorn Stringband.

Sunday Jan. 23rd- Independent Media Center gig in Urbana, IL with the Foghorn Stringband.

Tuesday Jan. 25th-  Rachel's Cafe Bloomington, Indiana.

Thursday Jan. 27th- Greenline Cafe, Philadelphia PA with Noggin Hill.

Saturday 29th- Cafe Nola, Frederick, Maryland with Lydia Martin of the Martin Family Band and The Woodshedders.

Sunday Jan. 30th - Windup Space with Stephen Strohmeier and Walker & Jay, Baltimore, MD.

The Dust Busters with Patti Smith, New Year's Eve Photos

Here's some photos from New Year's Eve at the stroke of midnight.  We opened for Patti Smith for 3 nights at the Bowery Ballroom here in New York.  They were great, really fun sold out shows.  We had a really great time!  Here we are on stage with Patti and her band, sitting in with them for the finale as the clock struck midnight and we started the year 2011.  Happy New Year!

"Prohibition is a Failure" Liner Notes

Here's the liner notes for the EP album "Prohibtion is a Failure" by The Dust Busters with John Cohen, 2010. Click image to enlarge...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Albums For Sale...

The Dust Busters music is for sale and you can download it on the internet!

Click the images below to be taken to the sales page...

The Dust Busters with John Cohen on Folkways!

Old Man Below


The Dust Busters album cover
The Dust Busters with John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers.

The Dust Busters 1st album cover

The Dust Busters first album!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Roots n Ruckus!

The Dust Busters, 09.26.10. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2010
[The Dust Busters at the Jalopy Theater.  Sketch by Robin Hoffman.]

Hey everybody,

   Come check out Roots n Ruckus this Wednesday, the awesome weekly folk music show at the Jalopy Theater in Redhook, Brooklyn- we'll be playing at 11pm! No cover!

The Jalopy Theater
315 Columbia Street
NY 11231
(718) 395-3214