Vaudevillian freak folkster Eli Elkus is traveling to Buffalo, NY on Sunday, June 23rd to share some of his original, wingnutty, faerie folk and hobo jazz concoctions as well as a few twists on classic country and folk songs. Chug yer mug to some rootin’ tootin’ tunes that have been played far and wide on TroubaTour, a never-ending musical medicine quest around the United Circus of America.
Listen to “Nonsemble” – elielkus.bandcamp.com
Eli is a rootin’ tootin’, modern-day, American troubadour, serving up a musical concoction of vaudeville, faerie folk, wingnut country and hobo jazz on various porches, street corners, coffee houses, fairs, festivals, backyards, and music venues across the USA. The self-proclaimed wingnut calls his never-ending musical quest in his short bus (JeBus), the “TroubaTour”. He began sculpting his craft busking in the streets of Portsmouth, New Hampshire where his original “finger-flick” picking style reminiscent of folk and Americana started to take shape – influenced by Klezmer and gypsy music, eastern and western traditional folk songs, and the 20th-century folk revival. Elkus is quite the anomalous lyricist, telling romanticized tales of low-life characters and haunting horrors with a charm of tragic, hard learned, “once he knew it, it was too late” kind of lessons in his distinctive gravely (sometimes smooth and sometimes downright boisterous) tobacco-stained voice. With a whimsical yet jubilant demeanor and downright absurd antics within and betwixt tunes touching on performance art, Eli will silence a room with a wistful ballad and then quickly rabble-rouse life into it once again; spinning in circles and foot-stomping his way through tales eager to be told. When Eli comes to your town, you’ll find him in a cozy nook between the real and nonsensical within the margins of society.