WADSWORTH — Described as “swinging folk funk,” the Cleveland-based duo known as The Baker’s Basement showcased their vocal harmonies and skills as multi-instrumentalists during a concert Sunday at Wadsworth Public Library.
Made up of Kate Dedinsky, 29, and Adam Grindler, 32, the pair began collaborating together after meeting at a sound engineering camp in 2011.
“Back in 2012, Kate and I, when we first moved to Cleveland, we formed this band,” Grindler said during the show. “Kate was very much on the full drum kit and I was on the electric guitar.”
It was a desire to expand their sound and open up opportunities to play as many different venues as possible that led to the creation of the unique percussion instrument played by Dedinsky during the hourlong show.
“There is no way to really describe our journey without talking about a 5-gallon paint bucket, believe it or not,” he said.
Grindler said growing up, the pair were inspired by the street acts performed on sidewalks and corners.
“They put themselves out there,” he said. “Whether it is a magician or a bucket player, steel drum player or bluegrass band, and we thought to ourselves we really like how this sounds, the bucket.”
After using the bucket to develop a street performance act, they decided to go one step further, and developed a scaled-down drum kit made from 5-gallon buckets the pair dubbed “The Tempeh Kit.”
Made from a variety of drumheads paired with 5-gallon buckets and a tambourine, the kit is used by Dedinsky to create a wall of sounds during their performances.
The duo has two albums out, the most recent being 2017’s “Seasonings.”
On Sunday, they performed a song off the album titled “Backyard Baking in the Summertime,” eliciting the sights, sounds and tastes of the summer months with its lyrics.
The upbeat summertime vibes gave way to a bluesy folk-style piece performed a cappella titled “Crumbs” that showcased the slower side of The Baker’s Basement’s repertoire.
“Kate and I write to all different moods and all different genres,” Grindler said. “As for the more melancholy songs or the slower songs, we don’t always play those because it is not always fitting for the audiences that we play to.”
The performance was the latest installment of the Live at The Library concert series, a partnership with the Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach.
ORMACO founder and Executive Director Thomas Sigel said Sunday that the concerts have been going on at the library for more than two years.
“We are in year nine of providing music, arts and cultural outreach programs to all, with a focus on underserved, disadvantaged and rural populations,” he said during the event.
Sigel said the nonprofit recently completed its spring World Tour of Music featuring Korean Komungo virtuoso Jin Hi Kim that culminated Saturday night with a performance at the Akron- Summit County Library.
The next installment of Live at The Library is scheduled for 2-3 p.m., Sunday, May 12, at Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St. Musician and filmmaker Miles Reed will share original music inspired by his years traveling the globe.