Milk Carton Kids w/ Jim Bianco
Jim Bianco
The Milk Carton Kids
Nov 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM
The WorkPlay Theatre
Birmingham, AL
Ticket sales ended Nov 4, 2013 12:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Bar opens at 4pm and doors open at 6:30 if sound check is complete. This is an 18+ show!
Note: a $3.00 charge will be collected at the door from all ticket holders under the age of 21. No one under 18 will be admitted without someone 18+ with them. Tickets are General Admission and seating is first come first serve to 21+.
Jim Bianco | 8:00 PM
My first musical memory was of my mother, Jane, a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn, playing Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" on a tinny old Baldwin upright piano. The performance was far from perfect, but I will say, and this isn't just because she's my mother, that what her playing lacked in technique, it made up for in heart.

On the contrary, my father, a Sicilian weight-lifting fanatic, couldn't carry a tune on a flatbed truck. He was responsible for getting that old piano into our lives, though. In 1979 my uncle traded it to him for two 35lb dumbbells and a bench press.

We moved from Brooklyn to Long Island. It was there where I spent the rest of my terribly normal adolescence stealing golf carts, taking piano lessons, losing my virginity, discovering the art of self-medication and playing in less-than-extraordinary high-school rock bands.
Then I graduated.

From there I went to Berklee College of Music. I fell face-first into Thelonius Monk, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, J.D. Salinger, Jaco Pastorious, Tom Waits, Fats Waller, Kurt Vonnegut, Loudon Wainwright, and Miles Davis.

These men are heroes. They should wear capes.
They, along with my mother, taught me that the most important instrument you should use when performing is your heart.

Currently, I am planning to release an EP worth of ballads this October, the HOTEL CAFE U.S. tour 2006 this fall, and a European tour in November with the boys from the HOtel Cafe as well... more >>>
Grammy-nominated flat-picking harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids have emerged in the last three years as a powerful voice defining the continuing folk tradition. A refreshing alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur of the so-called “folk revival,” an understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids to the delight of traditionalists and newcomers to the folk movement alike. Indeed, Garrison Keillor has called them “absolute geniuses in close-harmony,” and has invited them onto A Prairie Home Companion three times in 2013, while cultural purveyors like T Bone Burnett and Billy Bragg continue to refer the importance of The Milk Carton Kids among a group of new folk bands expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them.

The Los Angeles Times lauds their latest Anti- Records release, The Ash & Clay (March 26, 2013), as displaying “absolute mastery of their craft” while Paste emphasizes the “intellectual sophistication of their songs, making The Milk Carton Kids an option for purists unsatisfied with some of the pop tendencies seeping in to the genre.” In addition to a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album of 2013, The Milk Carton Kids also received a nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2013 Americana Music Awards. They are featured in T Bone Burnett & The Coen Brothers' concert film documentary, "Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'", alongside Joan Baez, Jack White, Gillian Welch, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers and many other folk luminaries and upstarts. more >>>
Ticket Prices

General Admission


Event Schedule

Jim Bianco

8:00 PM

The Milk Carton Kids

9:00 PM