-– The New Yorker
The members of PigPen Theatre Co. are putting down their shadow puppets and arming themselves with a bevy of banjos, accordions, fiddles and other old-timey instruments. Thunderous drumming combined with lush, folksy melodies and lyrical storytelling make the group's music sound as if it's emanating from an Appalachian coal mine or 18th century shipyard rather than a group of 21st century musicians. As folk rock continues its ascent into the mainstream, spending an evening with PigPen is an excellent opportunity to let this powerful grassroots music wash over you in an intimate setting.
PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of theatre, music and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. Their debut album, Bremen, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview, sending PigPen on tour playing to sold-out crowds across the country. American Songwriter premiered their follow-up EP, The Way I’m Running, in 2013 while the band was playing a series of concerts that became one of the most popular residencies of the past decade at the legendary Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago. In 2015 PigPen released their sophomore album, Whole Sun, performed at Mumford & Sons' return to the Gentlemen of the Road Festival and made their feature film debut in Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash,starring Meryl Streep. They are currently creating two stage musicals based on beloved novels: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (in partnership with Universal Theatrical Group) and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (in collaboration with Rick Elice).
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