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Ryder Cooley

December 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Following the opening of “Sixth Whimsy” at the Whitney Center for the Arts, Ryder Cooley will perform an exhilarating solo set of dark carnival songs on accordion, ukulele, and singing saw accompanied by Hazel, a taxidermy ram who is resurrected as a hybrid spirit animal, and by the ghostly sounds of the band Dust Bowl Faeries.

Ryder Cooley is an inter-disciplinary artist and musician. She founded the band Dust Bowl Faeries in 2014, and she has been performing, exhibiting, and recording extensively from California to New York, and beyond, for over 20 years. She is currently based in Catskill NY.

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DUST BOWL FAERIES: Dark Carnival Dream Music

Dust Bowl Faeries is a dark-carnival band based in Hudson NY. Their eclectic repertoire of songs draw inspiration from circus, post-punk, Gypsy, and Eastern European folk music. Accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap-steel, guitar and percussion combine to create the Dust Bowl Faeries’ otherworldly sound.

The band was founded by Ryder Cooley and Hazel, a disembodied taxidermy ram who performs with the Fairies as their mascot-spirit animal. Musicians Rubi LaRue, JoAnn Stevelos, and Jon B. Woodin each bring their own styles to the group, making the Dust Bowl Faeries a truly unique musical ensemble.

The band released their debut album in 2016, featuring Melora Creager/Rasputina and Tommy Stinson/Replacements. A Remix EP, produced by Floyd Fisher, was released in January 2018. Most recently, they have been collaborating with filmmakers Lisa Thomas & J.D. Urban on a series of films, videos, and multi-media projects.

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December 7
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Ave
Pittsfield, MA 01201 US
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