Richmond-based folk group A Good Natured Riot brings eclectic style to Williamsburg Library Theatre

Folk music is an increasingly elastic genre. Punk rockers, indie kids and jazz heads all have been making acoustic music that could fall under that category. Richmond's A Good Natured Riot is one of the bands that's been stretching the style.

Fronted by singer-guitarist Jeslyn Vaughan, the group bears a strong resemblance to a bluegrass combo. Rhythms provided by percussionist Summer Gentry push the group's sound into another realm, however.

In a live video on YouTube, the band plays a nifty version of Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" -- with a lightning-fast bluegrass breakdown wedged into the middle of the tune.

"The members of this 5-piece Richmond based band all know how to have a good time," reads a description posted on the band's Facebook page. "Preferably a weird time, but weird is good. Collecting fans like flies on sticky paper they roam the country side, enticing people with their tight harmonies, percussive textures, and tantalizing minor key originals."

The band plays the Williamsburg Library Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 5. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults.

Here's a short press release about the show.




The Richmond-based band, "A Good Natured Riot," is made up of five acoustic musicians who create a truly inspired sound.  They perform on a variety of instruments - from guitars and fiddles to dobro and even a washboard.  Punctuated by tight harmonies and percussive textures, A Good Natured Riot has found a unique groove all their own.  Some have described their music as folk-funk; others say it's "ecleticgrass" infused with jazzy soul. But all agree: it's a lot of fun.  "A Good Natured Riot" will appear in concert at the Williamsburg Library Theatre, Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for the concert are $16 for adults, $14 for Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library and students, and $8 for those under 16. They can be reserved by calling (757) 259-4070.  This is another in the library's Dewey Decibel Concert Series.