Cranes/Vultures’ updated take on folk, country, and slight psych-rock transfers…”

  • Aaron Hefel, Counterproductions and The Lift music promoter

Dubuque indie-folk/rock trio, Cranes/Vultures, create original acoustic music using folk instrumentation in an adventurous style. Their poignant songs hint of alt-country, indie, and even progressive rock. Singer/songwriter Nate Jenkins entices the listener with his strings and vocals, whilst engaging in bewildering harmonies with the percussionist, Brad Cavanagh. The trio strengthens with the addition of double bass player, Josh Engler, and his irreplaceable riffs. Together, they place Cranes/Vultures on a musical plane of their own, yet all too wonderfully recognizable.

“The raw music of Cranes / Vultures contains a power that will not only get you to *gasp* dance, it may also cause you to incessantly hum its melodies and hooks throughout the week. Heavily recommended.”

  • Steve Kray, Oregon Public Broadcasting & host KMHD’s the Drop Shop

Nate Jenkins has written music in various projects, sharing the bill with great musicians such as Andrew Bird, Gaelic Storm, Charlie Parr, and Andy Goessling from Railroad Earth. The trio released its first collection of studio recordings in August of 2015, an EP titled TWIG. Overall, TWIG is tight, notably catchy, and illustrates the distinct and desired sound of Cranes/Vultures.

“I listened to [TWIG] and immediately added the EP to our current section for airplay.”

  • Mark Simmet: Senior Music Producer, Iowa Public Radio

Beyond the scope of the studio, Cranes/Vultures, based in Dubuque, IA, play various live venues around the Midwest. They deliver a loop-laden, harmonized, entertaining show. The trio roars and rips through their original material, leaving the crowd endlessly humming their tunes.

See Cranes/Vultures at Little BIG Fest on Saturday, November 5 at Lefty’s (2307 University Ave) at 11:00pm

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Little BIG Fest is an annual festival, featuring roots, country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, jam, world, blues, jazz, and soul music. The festival traditionally takes place in November with the location changing from year to year. As with all DMMC events, local bands are heavily featured, though bands from around the U.S. also perform at the event. See the full line-up and details here.

Established in fall 2006, LBF has featured over a dozen bands each year, including Trampled by Turtles, Pieta Brown, The Soul Rebels, William Elliott Whitmore, Charlie Parr, and John Fullbright.

LBF is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). Little BIG Fest 2016 is made possible with the support of Traveler Beer CompanyTallgrass Brewing CompanyGreater Des Moines PartnershipBravo Greater Des MoinesHy-VeeSaturday Mfg.VolunteerLocalWooly’sLefty’s Live MusicIowa Public Radio, and KFMG 98.9 FM.

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