PHOTOS: Curtis Eller’s American Circus – Open House Festival

Curtis Eller playing at Open House Festival in Bangor. Photo by Julianne Rouquette.
Curtis Eller playing at Open House Festival in Bangor. Photo by Julianne Rouquette.

New York’s angriest yodelling banjo player Curtis Eller’s American Circus is a brutish and inelegant rock & roll three piece, featuring drums, bass and banjo, known to haunt the beer halls, burlesque houses and underground theatres of the Eastern Seaboard.

Curtis Eller is a banjo-player, songwriter and yodeler. His work has an old-time feel, drawing on influences from the 20s, 30s and 40s era but fused with a modern perspective and one helluva healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll energy and attitude.

His latest album, How to Make It in Hollywood, is a compact collection of glittery show tunes, sentimental tear-jerkers and rock & roll rave-ups whose lyrics are populated with two-bit prize fighters, Hollywood has-beens, lapsed gospel singers and forgotten pop stars. All the ingredients for a perfect Saturday night.

He played in the Civil Defence Services Club in Bangor as part of the Open House Festival 2015 in Bangor. Our photographer Julianne Rouquette was there to capture the night in photo.