BBH Opera House: Damn Tall Buildings July 28

Sat, 07/22/2023 - 10:15am

Story Location:
86 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
United States

    Four quintessential roots instruments: the banjo, double bass, acoustic guitar, and fiddle come together on the Boothbay Harbor Opera House stage on Friday, July 28, and what happens next is anyone’s guess. Bluegrass, roots, string band music, and so much more from the trio, Damn Tall Buildings – they’ve been called lightning in a bottle.

    Sasha Dubyk on upright bass and vocals, Max Capistran on guitar, banjo and vocals and Avery Ballota on fiddle and vocals bring electric energy, extraordinary talent, and hilarity to their live performances. Their late July show at the Opera House marks their first appearance on the historic Boothbay Harbor stage.

    Critics from near and far have raved about this hard to classify trio. “Think of: The Carter Family for the millennial generation. Old Crow Medicine Show meets Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros meets Flatt & Scruggs meets Nickel Creek, with a dash of Avett Brothers and a sprinkle of Johnny Cash. The band coined the term “guerrilla roots” to describe its sound, which draws on early-20th-century Americana/bluegrass music, “repurposed for a modern audience,” says the Boston Globe.

    No Depression magazine reports, “Damn Tall Buildings is a damn fine trio, mixing bluegrass, swing and foot-stomping old-time music you would think possible for a band from Brooklyn.” adds, “If you like your bluegrass served with a little punch, attitude, grit and gravy, with that busking spirit that was so present and palpable in the early incarnations of Old Crow Medicine Show and made your realize that string band music could be so much more than fuddy-duddy reenactments by crusty ol’ relics, then the Damn Tall Buildings will slide in nice as a welcome addition to your listening rotation. Bluegrass at heart, but pulling from a wide range of influences including swing, ragtime, jazz, and even a hint of contemporary perspective in the songwriting, they offer virtually unmatched energy and enthusiasm, underpinned by intelligent songs that don’t skimp on the infectiousness...”

    Advance discounted tickets, $20, are currently available from the box office at 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Regular tickets are $25 and available online at and on the day of the show at the door. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., and Damn Tall Buildings goes on at 7:30.