Using one microphone is City Hotel’s style when performing live.
“We like to keep it as traditional as possible,” said Cory Chambers, 31, who plays the mandolin. “We think it takes up our acoustic instruments better, you really can’t match the sound of an acoustic instrument with a plug-in device.”
Thursday night, City Hotel will perform their traditional bluegrass sounds for the first time in Miami at Lagniappe House in Wynwood.
“We love bringing our style of roots music to new places,” Chambers said. “As far as sound we try to go traditional, but as far as material we like to keep it as current and interesting as possible.”
City Hotel was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 2011. They got its name from the city’s first hotel, established in 1821.
“It was known as a gathering place for unsavory characters,” Chambers said. “People were warned not go to the City Hotel in Savannah because it was too dangerous, so that was kind of the edgy idea we wanted, plus we are happy to be from Savannah now and we wanted a name that represented a part of the city’s history.”
City Hotel also includes Jay Rudd, 26, who plays the banjo, Anthony Teixeira, 42, who plays the upright bass and Aaron Zimmer, 28, who plays the guitar.
“We all sing and take equal parts in singing lead,” Chambers said.
City Hotel has opened for Hurray for the Riff Raff in Savannah and has performed with some of Pokey Lafarge’s band members, all sharing the American roots genre.
“We are planning on driving down to Florida from Savannah a day earlier to treat the trip like a tiny vacation,” Chambers said.
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If you go
▪ What: City Hotel live
▪ Where: Lagniappe House, 3425 NE Second Ave., Miami
▪ When: July 16, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., live music starts at 9 p.m.
▪ Cost: No cover charge