Cabinet promotes albums, festival with new tour

For the CDTMarch 21, 2014 

Cabinet is on tour to promote its studio and live albums and to announce its May 10 Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival.

JASON RIEDMILLER — Photo provided

Bluegrass band Cabinet will return to the area as part of a 24-stop, monthlong tour, including a performance at Levels Night Club on March 26. The band is promoting its second studio album, “Leap,” its live release, “This Is Cabinet — Set II” and spreading the word of its second annual Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival.

A band with its roots firmly planted in the Appalachian tradition, Cabinet’s influences of bluegrass, country and folk are sewn together into a patchwork Americana quilt. The six-piece bluegrass band from Scranton includes Pappy Biondo on banjo and vocals, J.P. Biondo on mandolin and vocals, Mickey Coviello on acoustic guitar and vocals, Dylan Skursky on electric and double bass, Todd Kopec on fiddle and bass, and Jami Novak on drums.

Formed in 2006, the six merged from various musical and personal backgrounds, contributing to the diversity of the band’s unique repertoire. Preferring older traditional music, Cabinet embraces the past and seeks to preserve that idea in their music.

“Everyone in the band is influenced by so many different styles of music,” J.P. Biondo said. “We try to incorporate folk, country, reggae, rock, jam, and bluegrass all into one big bowl of jam noodle soup. We have a couple of instrumentals that could be described as something like progressive folk rock. They build up into heavy rocking grooves and break down into quiet, intimate, orchestrated parts.”

The band does not recreate older styles; the musicians strive to reinvent the old by putting their own current and more vibrant spin on it, resulting in a finished product that celebrates the new. With each recording, the band’s main goal is to take the listener on a ride through the scenic back roads of the country, celebrating and building communities along the way as they travel roads all across America.

“We all love to perform our music out on the road,” Biondo said. “It’s great to meet new folks and get a feel for different towns and cities. Playing for people live is the best way to expose your music to them, and the most intimate way as well.”

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