Uncle Bonsai

With Special Guests Lords of Liechtenstein

Folk Music


OCT 18

7:30 pm

Starting at $29

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Folk Music Package

Includes: The Life and Times of The Bottom Line, Uncle Bonsai, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, and Lonesome Traveler. Please contact the Schimmel Center Box Office to add this event to a Build-Your-Own package.

“Singers Ratshin, O’Neill and Adler are pitch-perfect in their delivery of often complex harmonic arrangements…These are nicely edgy, sour-sweet songs, written for grown-ups.” – Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times


Imagine what might happen if Tim Burton hijacked the Andrew’s Sisters en route to a Stephen Sondheim festival with The Beatles and Tom Lehrer in the sidecar; you’d get Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai. With just three voices and an acoustic guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony. Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of great insight and beauty.


Now in its thirty-sixth year, this acoustic folk-pop trio tackles topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family. Join us as they debut songs from their latest album and ninth release, The Family Feast: The Study of the Human Condition, First World Problems, and the Lasting Physiological and Psychological Effects of Eating Our Young.


About the artists

Uncle Bonsai has eight recordings and recently released its first ever “bedtime book for grownups,” The Monster in the Closet/Go To Sleep. This fully illustrated, reversible, hard cover book for parents, features two popular Uncle Bonsai songs, with artwork by members Arni Adler and Patrice O’Neill, and includes a recording of the songs.


The Lords of Liechtenstein is a contemporary folk band based in New York City. It started as a duo project of two brothers, Dan and Noah Rauchwerk, and has since grown into a full five-piece band, adding guitarist Ned Steves, bassist Matt Fernicola, and drummer Arjun Dube. The Lords often draw comparisons to The Everly Brothers for their harmonic sensibilities and to The Smothers Brothers for their mischievous onstage interactions. They write purposeful lyrics to tell musical stories that fluctuate between heart-wrenchingly sad and outlandishly ridiculous topics. The Lords have opened for musical stalwarts such as Brett Dennen, Elephant Revival, and Buckwheat Zydeco, and have been featured on NPR’s syndicated Mountain Stage program. Their newest album, Downhill Ride to Joylandis a raucous fifteen-song romp through the ups and downs of human existence.

Photo: Uncle Bonsai; Maria Camilo

Photo: The Lords of Liechtenstein; Anna Lynch

Box Office Information

Address: 3 Spruce Street, New York

Phone: 212-346-1715


Now through August 31: Monday – Friday, Noon – 5pm

Beginning September 5: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon – 5pm & 3 hours prior to performance time through intermission

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