August First

August First is a New England based project creating their own unique take on stringed music through their originals and covers, while celebrating the many musical incarnations of Jerry Garcia. August First has played venues throughout New England and New York and appears on the MainStage of many festivals from regional favorites, Jerry Jam and Wormtown/StrangeCreek Campout Music Festival to nationally known stages like Oregon’s Northwest String Summit. Front woman, Nicole D’Amico’s powerful vocals and thoughtful caper on the banjolele sewn together with passionate guitarist, Rick Schiffman and outstanding multi-instrumentalist, Brian Young, drives this band forging a style they have coined as “Blues-Grassicana.” August First continues to grow with the addition of Jay Kelley on banjo and vocals, intertwining a traditional ambience into their sound. The band makes its first impression with it’s eclectic instrumental lineup of banjolele, ukulele, banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and bass, however the soulful vocal performance and delivery of August First is what truly leaves audiences wanting more.