Birthed in one of the most fertile music scenes in the United States, Portland bluegrass-style band Black Prairie brought their fiddles and accordions to the East Coast Thursday night for a show at Rockwood Music Hall's wonderfully personal Stage 2. While four of Black Prairie's members are also in The Decemberists, the addition of guitarist Jon Neufeld and the vocals/fiddle of Annalisa Tornfelt provide a different feel than what you might expect. The band sounds perfectly happy to walk into the corner of Stage 2, sit in a circle and play songs until they fall over.
Their overall tone is lighter as well, with their Lennon-esque opening song, "Songs to be Sung" whisking one off to an autumn walk through orange, yellow and red leaves. Years of playing together has helped each musician realize their own "moments" within songs, all with a tight and layered melody.