Woe Pony at the Garden

Posted on January 19, 2012 by

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Woe Pony is an six-member progressive folk band which hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan and has recently made its home in Charlottesville.  Originally known as Count the Leaves, the group recently took on a few new members and a new moniker since their arrival in town.  With a dynamic, full sound, sweeping vocal harmonies, and diverse instrumentation featuring everything from guitar and banjo to glockenspiel and celesta, Woe Pony stands out amongst a sea of roots-rockers and singer-songwriters.

Tonight they’ll take the stage at the Garden (1500 Jefferson Park Avenue) for their third show in Virginia.  Though their presence in the local music scene has been brief, they’ve already made their mark playing at the opening of Para Coffee’s brand new second floor space and opening for local veterans, the Hill and Wood, at their recent record-release show at the Haven.  A video from their show at the Haven is posted on the band’s Vimeo site and serves as an excellent preview of what the group has to offer.

Woe Pony cites influences such as Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, and Josh Ritter, but their diverse instrumentation and energetic delivery bear semblance to groups like the Polyphonic Spree and Architecture in Helsinki.

Tonight’s show will begin with an open mic and is set to start around 8 pm.  Attendance is free, but audience members are encouraged to make a small donation to the band.

So if you can brave the cold tonight, come out in support one of Charlottesville’s newest, most progressive bands in their third local show, and get a taste of the great things that are sure to come from Woe Pony.

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