Sailing Musicians upon a yacht,
upon the seas we sailed.
When one day sailing on board our ship,
through a storm we had to prevail.
The storm took us and threw us,
It bumped us and blew us.
It soaked us and shook us.
It grabbed us until…
The storm threw us into a dried river made of salt,
And there we remain still.
The last thing one would think of when it comes to Arizona would be yacht clubs. Yet in the heart of the Valley of the Sun, the dry riverbed of the Salt River winds its way through the city. If you follow it east straight to the waters of Tempe Town Lake, a yacht club most surely exists: a Dry River Yacht Club. Always alive and rocking, playing Gypsy western folk music, no amplification allowed. A classical combination of bassoon, violin, tuba, accordion, and bass clarinet swirls through the air to get even the driest of glands to pour sweat and the most stubborn of booties to shake.
Garnet twirls and sings as if a gypsy transported from the 18th century, and Henri bangs on any percussion he can find: woodblocks, chimes, shakers, propane tanks – you name it – to keep the music’s heart beating. DRYC compares stylistically to Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, and the Dresden Dolls, and vocally to Zooey Deschanel, Bjork, and Ani DiFranco. There’s always soul-stirring, transcendental music happening at the Dry River Yacht Club. Acoustic symphony rock for a pirate’s rusty yacht…and they want you aboard.
Gypsy Western Folk Rock. Based in Tempe Arizona. Established 2008.