Avenue 209 to host ‘freak folk’ musician

LOCK HAVEN – Seth Faergolzia, of “freak folk ramshackle orchestra” Seth Faergolzia & the 23 Psaegz, will bring a solo performance to Lock Haven’s Avenue 209 Coffee House at 7 p.m. Oct. 2. Faergolzia, of Rochester, N.Y., began his career with the band Dufus, stacking up 10 albums and numerous tours through the United States, Europe and Japan, including performances with such acts as The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Moldy Peaches, Ween, Black Dice, Jeffrey Lewis and Animal Collective.

In addition to recording over 20 full-length albums under his solo moniker or in collaborative projects, Faergolzia also is a clothing designer, painter and sculptor. He has written more than 1,000 songs.

His new solo music demonstrates the same boundless musical creativity and vocal acrobatics as his former band, but with an increasingly honed wisdom and intimacy. Faergolzia’s uniquely virtuosic combination of weirdness and warmth continues to set him ahead of his contemporaries.

His most recent album DUFUS: ETH (now on CD and vinyl) is a farewell to the Dufus project; it was fan-funded and released in September 2010 on the night of Dufus’ 13th Anniversary performance in New York City.

Seth Faergolzia is now taking to the road with a “one-man-band” setup: an added bass drum on his foot and keyboard/noise and iPod at his fingertips, adeptly operated amidst vocals and acoustic guitar. Recent solo sets draw together new songs, improvisations, electronic samples and select material from the 13-year history of Dufus, making each night a unique creative experience. For more information, visit www.23psaegz.com.