Philly’s Best Bluegrass on Tap at Pinelands Brewing

Jan 11, 2017
Supplied Photo Man About a Horse

Southern Ocean County has a new, and very intimate, music venue.

Pinelands Brewing Company is joining forces with Eagleswood-based Folk Across the Street to present the Philadelphia bluegrass band Man About a Horse at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at its brewery, located at 140 South Seventh Ave. in Little Egg Harbor.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at Advance purchase is highly recommended considering seating is limited to 40 guests.

Man About a Horse bills itself as “Philly’s hottest bluegrass band” and “bluegrass on acid, with an edge.” Its members – cofounders Matt Thomas on bass and Roy Matthews on guitar and vocals, along with banjoist Dan Whitener, the multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, mandolin, keys and drums) Nate Lanzino and violinist Elizabeth Cary – certainly are busy. They’ll launch a tour this week that includes performances in Winchester, Va., Morgantown, W. Va., Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Rockwood, N.Y., Branford, Conn., and Hawley and Ardmore, Pa., as well at Little Egg Harbor.

Interestingly, the band has already discovered the burgeoning craft brewery music scene. Man About a Horse spent New Year’s Eve livening up the scene at the Dogfish Head Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

“There are all sorts of technical terms for good bluegrass music that I can’t really describe,” wrote a reviewer for Ear to the Ground concerning Man About a Horse. “But what I am certain about is that it’s not all good, so when I find bluegrass that gets to that ‘next level,’ it’s really great. Man About a Horse is one of those contemporary bluegrass bands that seems to reflect the best of the old school genre. They breathe new life into a classic art form.”

Rounder Records recording artist Sierra Hull put it more succinctly. “Their high energy and harmony is sure to make you want to dance.”

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Stacey Moore Hagan Memorial Undergraduate Estuarine Science Internship Program for Stockton University students.  —R.M.

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