Brooklyn based band, Spirit Family Reunion, will be coming to Hawks and Reed Performance space along with Valley favorites Mamma’s Marmalade on 8/2. Spirit Family Reunion is a spirited energetic ruckus of a musical experience. They occupy the musical space where The Band meets early Avett Brothers or where Dr. Dog jams with the Felice Brothers. In other words, genre fluid and uncategorizable; but they are a talented fun bunch. Nick Panken, SFR vocalist and principal song-writer, is my guest on Nine Volt Heart. Our conversation covers the band’s early busking experiences all the way to three Newport Folk Festival shows. We talked about the band’s experiences as an opener for acts like Levon Helm and Trampled by Turtles; both transformative and positive. We discuss the stress of being the only songwriter in a band and ways they deal with incorporating traditional songs and covers into their repetoire.