The Scooches are heading to Folk Alliance International 2023 as a trio with Betina Hershey (vocals/guitar/composition), Nick Russo (guitar/banjo/arrangements), and Miles Griffith (vocals/scatting).

“a band that has to be seen to be believed,” says John Platt (WFUV radio, NYC)

They have been to Folk Alliance International before, and loved it. Usually attending as a trio, when they tour closer to NYC they often play as a quartet, or even larger. They even play duo, but with a name like The Scooches, the group is all about merging many musical styles, led by Nick Russo’s musical vision and Betina Hershey’s poetic lyrics and compositions, so the more the merrier. Bandmates range from Surinam to Gullah Sea Islands to NYC and everywhere in between.

“…an amazing group which a lot of us dreamed would happen some day where the different genres of music all get together…” says David Amram.

The first time Betina Hershey (vocals/guitar/composition), Nick Russo (guitar/banjo/arrangements), and David Pleasant (Gullah-geechee percussion, tambourine, stomping) were honored to play live on local radio and on the main stage for Kansas City Folk Fest as well. The second time Betina, Nick and Emiliano Valerio (percussion) performed live on TV as part of KC Spotlight.

This time the group is bringing Miles Griffith (appears on Wynton Marsalis’ Blood on the Fields), bringing new tunes from the upcoming album Lift You Up.

There are 6 showcases you can attend.

Enjoy a 20 or 25 minute set:

WEDNESDAY NIGHT Feb 1 into Thursday morning: 12:30am-12:50am –20 min set – Janet’s Planet – Room 637
THURSDAY NIGHT Feb 2: 10:30PM-10:55pm – 25 min set – Interstate 88 – Room 741

In-the-round with other artists:

WEDNESDAY NIGHT Feb 1: 10:30pm-11:15pm – in the round – Janet’s Planet – room 637
THURSDAY NIGHT Feb 2: 12:30 AM-1AM – in the round – Song Camp Italy– room 730
FRIDAY NIGHT Feb 3: 12Am-12:30am – in the round – Song Camp Italy – room 730
SATURDAY NIGHT Feb 4: 11:30pm-12am – in the round – Song Camp Italy– room 730

Visit Booth A04 in the Century Foyer of the Exhibit Hall.

And in the meanwhile, check out the recent live Scooches performance, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round:

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