Dirty Bird hails from the concrete woodlands of New York City, and consists of Christie Belanger, Melissa Escudero, Natasha Thweatt, Julia Conrad, John Crisan, Nick Katz and Blake Suben. Each member has spent his or her life grounded in music. With roots going back to New York’s renowned arts school LaGuardia High School, the members of Dirty Bird reconnected in 2016 and in true New York style bring a wide variety of musical backgrounds - from jazz to bluegrass to classical - together in one vibrant and wholly original folk sound.
Since forming the band has presented powerful performances to venues around the Northeast, including Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Mass MoCa and Northside Music Festival. Dirty Bird brings both new and long-devoted audiences intimate, poetic lyrics charged by three-part harmony and lively, distinct arrangements. Soulful, harmonious, and ever-evolving, Dirty Bird’s music redefines what it means to be a folk band.