September Queer Country Monthly


The Queer Country Monthly is back from summer break! And we missed you! It’s time to head over to our beloved Branded Saloon and let your friendly neighborhood queers serenade you with some country music. Your faithful host Karen & the Sorrows will be playing along with the dulcimer-amazingness that is DK & the Joy Machine, the unicorn power of Justin Vahala, and a very special guest appearance from Steve D’Agostino.

We’re starting early this Saturday, with Steve taking the stage just a little after 8:00 and the Sorrows on at 8:30, DK at 9:15, and Justin at 10:00. So don’t come too late or you’ll miss it all!

WHEN: Saturday, September 28th, 8:00 pm
WHERE: Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Avenue at the corner of Bergen St, Brooklyn
DOOR: $5 (but no one ever turned away for lack of funds)

One of the worst things about living in a city where there’s always so much going on is that sometimes things get double booked. If we weren’t playing country music for you on the 28th, we’d be out celebrating Third Root and 5 years of providing transformative healthcare! We’ll be donating a portion of the night’s door to support Third Root.

(And speaking of being double booked, of course after Third Root, we’d head over to Hey Queen…)

Read on for more info about the bands and your hard-working queer country team below. Hope to see you all soon! 


The Queer Country Monthly is brought to you by Karen & the Sorrows and Riot Grrrl Ink.

Justin Vahala
Hailing from the bright lights of Dallas, Justin Vahala is a Brooklyn-based musician, songwriter, and performance artist. Justin’s unicorn folk is a blend of country, Americana, and Lilith Fair realness.

DK & the Joy Machine
A singer-songwriter known for innovative work on mountain dulcimer and for “rocking out” on this trad instrument, “DK” performs instrumentals, acoustic-punk and roots/Americana with complex arrangements and a highly innovative and percussive style on both acoustic and electric mountain dulcimer (the “Joy Machine”).

Karen & the Sorrows
Brooklyn alt-country band Karen & the Sorrows play “soaring tributes to lost love and… gentle and charming ballads” (Neville Elder, No Depression). Their debut EP Ocean-Born Mary is a four-part ghost story of “allusive, attractive but distantly menacing songs… Country keeps evolving, and Karen & the Sorrows are taking it to a place it’s never been before, a good and creepy one.” (New York Music Daily)

Steve D’Agostino
Steve D’Agostino went to Hampshire College, a hotbed of counter cultural weirdness nestled in the woods of Western Mass. Talented banjo player, fiddler and guitarist, he performs in the folk punk band “The Wild” as well as experimental music group “ZEBU!”