A toe-tapping, high-energy blend of bluegrass, swing, old-time, and folk music. This riveting Americana group is based in Rochester, NY and is coming to The Little Theatre Cafe!
Betsy Kubick: fiddle, vocals
Working mainly on fiddle, and singing harmony, Betsy Kubick plays bluegrass, old time, cajun, and other roots music. A veteran of the local music scene and occasional sojourner to Louisiana, West Virginia, and other centers of American roots music, Betsy has at last fulfilled her ambition to name a band “Kubick’s Rubes.”
Mark Manzoni: guitar, vocals
A guitar junky since childhood, Mark Manzoni unplugged after hearing Doc Watson and David Bromberg play flat-pick style in the 70s. Mark plays many different types of music, but spends most of his time picking traditional and bluegrass styles. A musical collaborator with Betsy for many years, Mark also plays in Rochester-based bluegrass band Gone Fishin’
Paul Swiatek: banjo, guitar, vocals
Paul Swiatek brings decades of experience on banjo, guitar, and comedic genious. Paul started performing in the Rochester area in 1978 with "Reeves and Swiatek" and has been writing and performing his own folk and bluegrass songs ever since. Along the way, he’s been a regular performer at both Brian Coughlin’s highly regarded Singer Songwriters in the Round and the Side Room in Shortsville, where he can frequently be seen picking with mandolin ace Perry Cleaveland.
John Denniston: mandolin, vocals
John Denniston, the newest member of the band, is one of the top mandolin players in the Northeast. Born and raised in Palmyra, NY, John is steeped in the classic Bill Monroe mando-playing tradition, having honed his skills playing with Seneca County Bluegrass, Lisa Bigwood and The Washday Band, Cabin Fever, and Eva and the Dog Boys. We’re absolutely thrilled that he has cast his lot with the Rubes!
Jordan Kleiman: upright bass
On upright bass is Jordan Kleiman, who has played jazz and roots music in Philadelphia and Rochester since the 1980s. In addition to holding down the groove for the Rubes, he plays bass with The Crooked North and enjoys taking an occasional old-time gig with the Wild Root String Band, the Rough Alley Rounders, and others. A multi-instrumentalist, his latest musical passion is clawhammer banjo.