When The Rad Trads formed in the Spring of 2012, they were meeting each other in New York City's East Village for the first time… transplants from Chicago, Portland, and Washington D.C. meet other young musicians who'd moved to NYC for music. Their horns, guitars, drums and love for the classics like The Band, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John brought them together. And of course, beer.
They started playing every 4 hour bar and beer hall gig that would have them, and began to dominate the city and Brooklyn with their punk-rock energy and showmanship, powerful horns, driving rhythm section, all 4 vocalists. Within due time, they decided to take their show on the road.
Almost 5 years later, the Rad Trads have played on 4 Continents, headlining tours and opening for acts such as Tom Jones, Charles Bradley, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Margaret Glaspy, The Lone Bellow, Con Brio, and Dustbowl Revival. They have toured Europe six times, the Middle East and played in 14 countries and 32 U.S. States.
Following the release of their first full length album (Must We Call Them Rad Trads - Dala Records) in May 2016, the band is slated to release their second LP of original music in the Spring of 2018.
Members of The Rad Trads have performed or recorded with St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Deer Tick, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Sarah Jarosz, Christopher Paul Stelling, David Duchovny, Lenny Pickett, and Red Baraat as well as leading their own critically acclaimed bands.
Patrick Sargent - Tenor Saxophone & Vocals
Michael Fatum - Trumpet & Vocals
Alden Harris-McCoy - Guitar and Vocals
Michael "Big Red" Harlen - Bass and Vocals
John Fatum - Drums & Vocals