The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage performances are free, and start at 6 p.m.
The band formed in early 2010, when bassist Adrian Erlinger met guitarist Chris Ousley, who introduced Erlinger to a weekly contra dance in Glen Echo, Md. The folk dance gatherings are always accompanied by traditional music.
The band describes their sound as roots music, because each band member adds a different form of traditional music to the group’s sound.
“We think of it like a chair with four legs,” Erlinger says. “We each add our own voice to the group.”
Erlinger has a background in bluegrass, violinist Sarah Foard plays with an Irish-influenced style and clarinetist Jess Eliot Myhre adds traditional jazz into the mix. Guitarist and banjo player Chris Ousley rounds out the group’s sound with his varied background in folk and bluegrass.
Hearing the band’s music is like stepping into a time machine — there is no evidence of influence of modern pop or rock music, a rarity from a young musicians.
The Stompers get lots of practice playing on the streets of D.C., often busking at Dupont Circle.
“We enjoy having people stop and listen to something that maybe they wouldn’t necessarily think they liked,” Erlinger says. “That’s great for us.”