Best Folk Band - 2011
Triple Chicken Foot
If you think hoedowns are the sort of country-fueled entertainment you only get wind of at a coffee shop somewhere along I-5, you are long overdue for a two-hour serving of Triple Chicken Foot. The "Foot," as the fiddle-banjo-guitar trio is known, is a citified version of an old-time string band that's often served up with a side of local home brew; fiddler Ben Guzman is a co-founder of the Yeastside Brewers, an East L.A. home brew club. With Mike Heinle on banjo and Kelly Marie Martin on guitar, the band fortifies the quarterly square dances at Lincoln Heights' HM157 community arts space. Here, you can expect to find as many tattoo-covered biceps swinging to that fiddle beat as weather-beaten ones. But if full-on contact sports like square dancing are outside your comfort zone, the trio also hosts open jams the first Thursday of every month at 1642 bar in Westlake. Still not convinced those California Traditional Music Society-approved tunes fit your current iPod profile? Think of it as a fancy beer-and-banjo pairing dinner. First Thursday of the month: 1642 Temple St., Westlake. (213) 989-6836, triplechickenfoot.com.