Cabinet, the Pennsylvania bluegrass band making fans for themselves across the county, is smack-dab in the middle of their Winter 2014 tour. With a couple of albums worth of original material and several official live releases, the band will bring their stellar live performance to Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA. JamGrass.net caught up with J.P. Biondo (mandolin, vocals) for a brief eInterview as the band commuted from a successful performance in Nashville.
JamGrass.net: The band hasn’t had the chance to perform in Atlanta very often. What has been your experience at Smith’s and performing in the Southeast in general?
JP:We played at Smith’s once before. Light crowd, but it was an overall good experience. It’s always exciting to play a new venue for the first time. The crew that came out to the show was definitely attentive and excitable. You can’t ask much more of an audience…..
We’ve been playing the southeast more than we ever have in the past. I feel like it’s been very welcoming to Cabinet. I’d say we pretty much love it down here. Lots of nice people everywhere we go and the warmer weather certainly doesn’t hurt.
JamGrass.net: The second Susquehanna Breakdown takes place in May this year with a great lineup. With a year under your belt, what will be different in 2014?
We’re really pumped about this. There is a certain sense of pride that comes with hosting your own festival. We learned a lot last year. Most importantly we listened to the fans. We want their experience with the Susquehanna Breakdown to be as memorable as possible. This year we are offering camping and some late night performances to keep the good times going through the night. And once again we’ve done our best to gather a super line up of bands and musicians. Come one, come all! It’s gonna be a hoot!
JamGrass.net: The buzz around the band is growing exponentially. What can fans expect in 2014?
You can expect to see us performing at a few large festivals that we’ve never played at before. DelFest will certainly be a highlight of these….
There is also a good possibility of us getting out west later on in the year. We’ll keep everyone updated on that.
Otherwise we’ll be writing some new tunes in order to put together another studio album. There’s a couple of ideas and concepts floating around as to what we may do.
Great talking to JamGrassers! See ya at Smith’s.
Cabinet has 14 more dates scheduled before wrapping up the Winter 2014 tour. Catch them at one of the dates below and be sure to make plans to be in Scranton, PA for Susquehanna Breakdown. Marco Benevento and Floodwood will be there, along with many more acts!
- 3/13 Smith’s Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
- 3/14 One Stop at Asheville Music Hall Asheville, NC
- 3/15 ROUX Charlotte, NC
- 3/16 ROUX Charlotte, NC
- 3/17 ROUX Charlotte, NC
- 3/20 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
- 3/21 Tonic Room Chicago, IL
- 3/22 Tonic Room Chicago, IL
- 3/24 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
- 3/25 Ace’s Lounge Johnstown, PA
- 3/26 Levels Nightclub State College, PA
- 3/27 Dante’s Frostburg, MD
- 3/28 Gypsy Sally’s Washington, DC
- 3/29 The Hollow Albany, NY