Red Rooster to Perform at Akin Free Library

Nationally Acclaimed Regional Music Group Dazzles Audiences with Unique Americana Music

Red Rooster, the New York-based folk collective headed by Jay Erickson and Nathaniel Zilkh, is a favorite of people from the Mid-Hudson Valley and beyond. Giving free concerts and often playing with a host of musicians, Red Rooster brings people together.

The Akin Hall Association takes pleasure in hosting Red Rooster at the Akin Free Library on Saturday, April 28, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Akin Free Library, 378 Quaker Hill Road, in Pawling. This is the first concert of the season. It is a benefit to support futures performances.

Jay and Nat, both graduates of Princeton University and current residents of Pawling, founded and currently head the Red Rooster band. They assume the roles of lead vocalist (Jay) and lead guitarist (Nat). The band was founded in 1998 as a primarily acoustic act, borrowing from bluegrass, blues, and folk, but has since evolved into a “highly original and eclectic band with a sound all on its own.” It maintains its roots in Americana, yet showcases diverse influences from other genres of music such as gospel and hip hop.

By combining qualities from a broad mix of musical genres, Red Rooster contributes to defining the ever-growing, transforming American cultural landscape. Their music encapsulates everything from Appalachia and the Delta to destinations unknown. As described by Relix, the music magazine, they are a “unique patchwork quilt of musicians and influences—bluegrass, folk, country and other Levon Helm colors.”

Red Rooster has distinguished itself as a genre-breaking band and, as such, has appeared at top performance venues such as the Newport Folk Festival. Their concert at the Akin Hall is not to be missed. The show is free, but donations are encouraged.