EDUCATION

The Amigos are traveling crusaders for American roots music. Based in New York City, the band was formed in 2011 by accordionist/keyboardist Sam Reider and guitarist Justin Poindexter. They are winners of the 2015 Independent Music Award for Best Americana Album and official musical ambassadors for the U.S. Department of State. 

 

The Amigos give over 50 performances a year for students in schools about American roots music, freedom, and democracy. Whether they’re playing a 2 AM show for millennials at CMJ or leading an educational workshop on the blues for 200 high school students, the effect on the audience is the same: a broad smile and an infectious feeling of hope.  

Mentored by legendary composer, musician, and beat poet David Amram, The Amigos have performed or recorded with artists like Jim Lauderdale, Ranger Doug, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sam Bush, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, and Tab Benoit. 

Justin Poindexter was born the son of a country singer in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and, in addition to touring with The Amigos, is Assistant Director of Education for Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

Sam Reider grew up the son of musicians in San Francisco (the official home of the accordion in US), was featured on NPR’s “Piano Jazz" as a teenager, and attended Columbia University where he wrote his honors thesis comparing the songwriting of Woody Guthrie and Ira Gershwin during the Great Depression. 

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