The Art of Rocking Out the Folk

I get the strangest looks when I mention that I like to rock out to the Lost and Nameless Orchestra. I’m not sure when people began lumping all folk music into soft or subtle categories. Maybe it’s out of convenience, but it just doesn’t always apply. And if you’ve ever experienced Lost and Nameless, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Founding members Chris Peterson and Patrick Conway first met in St. Louis in 1993, and they made an instant connection between performing traditional fiddle tunes and Conway’s original songs. After traveling and making music round the world, they arrived in Austin in 2006, and eventually added fiddler/bassist/vocalist/ukelele rocker Kimberly Zielnicki and accordionist/keyboardist Nathan Quiring. All of this talent in one band is kind of mind-blowing, and it surely explains their outstanding live performances. Folk that’s fierce, baby, with enough appreciation for the subtler points as well for a perfect blend.

It’s another must-see gig at the Cactus Cafe. The Lost and Nameless Orchestra performs there tonight, as part of their February residency. Doors open early at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 7:30 p.m. Recommended to get rid of the Monday blahs.


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