With banjos and guitars in hand and musical inspiration from across the globe, the Henhouse Prowlers deliver electrifying bluegrass fusions that are bound to leave an impression. Founded over 14 years ago, this Chicago-born band came to life with the simple desire to play original, powerful bluegrass and to celebrate the commonality of the human experience through music. While strongly rooted in American bluegrass, the band incorporates music from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. One of their most popular songs “Chop My Money” is a cover of a Nigerian hip-hop song by a duo called P-Square that mixes English, pidgin and the West-African language, Yoruba. The song became an immediate hit when they performed it in Nigeria, giving the Henhouse Prowlers international acclaim.
As ambassadors to the U.S. State Department, the band now stands at the intersection of performance, diplomacy and education. They have been to more than 25 countries, extending the reach of bluegrass music and in 2013 they founded Bluegrass Ambassadors, an outreach program that aims to educate through the cultural exchange of music, inspiring children and festival-goers alike.
Baltimore native Letitia Vansant’s distinct vocal style encompasses an enticing blend of roots, country, indie folk and Americana. Her lyrics weave personal experience and political relevance together in a captivating reflection of her experiences as a human rights and political organizer.