Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Sunday, August 14th

Hello Dear Readers,

Yesterday afternoon I played McMenamin's Americana Festival as part of Y La Bamba. It was fun especially since we got to see AgesAndAges afterwards. They were great. Plus I got a free lunch. I guess it wasn't free. I mean we did play. Anyway there are a bunch of shows going on tonight. Check it out:

The Old Church is having a show with Ezza Rose, Shenandoah Davis, Harlowe and The Great North Woods, and Meyercord. I used to write about Ezza Rose's voice when she seemed to be singing backing vocals for everyone in town. She recently released her second full length, Jacob. It is a nice collection that showcases her honey sweet vocals and an impressive group of musicians. I am unsure of how many will be playing tonight but it will be good. Shenandoah Davis is a person that I have been wanting to see for a long time. Her music is beyond good. It is great. Her voice is amazing and she plays piano like a mad woman. She has a new album, The Company We Keep. Harlowe & The Great North Woods is a band full of accomplished and pro musicians. They orchestrate their folk based music to a level of classiness that most bands never even attempt. For example, Meyercord. This is the band that I front. I am unsure what to call it, but it is basic. I usually have Holland Andrews (Like a Villain) filling the music out with her beautiful voice and clarinet, but she could make this show. Luckily I have the good fortune of having Dan Galucki to sit in tonight on a simple drum kit. Guitar, bass, drums and one vocal. Very Basic. I will do my best to sing my heart out, though. The ALL AGES show is $7 and starts at 7 PM.

Bar Bar is having a show with Death Songs and Nathan Baumgartner. Y La Bamba recently played with Death Songs at Doug Fir. I was honestly impressed by the fullness that the three piece displayed. The band consisted of a guitar, Rhodes, and drums and vocals. The Shaky Hands' Nic Delffs leads the group on the rhodes occasionally playing Guitar. There are some harmonies and a whole lot of rocking. Nathan Baumgartner is better know as the lead guy from And And And that didn't quit the band. He has a voice that only an indie rocker could love. Which is to say that you may not be into it. But if you are into it, you will find plenty to enjoy of his high energy yelped songs. The show is FREE and lasts from 4 PM to 7 PM.

Valentine's is having a show with Grouper, Golden Retriever, Ilyas Ahmed, Steve Gunn, and En. This is a showcase for San Francisco label Root Strata. Many of the artists on the bill have something or will soon has something put out on the label. Grouper has perfected atmospheric folk. Golden Retriever do a fine job of creating very chill modern compositions. Ilyas Ahmed also makes pretty atmospheric folk which makes sense as to why he often collaborates with Liz Harris of Grouper. Steve Gunn is a finger picking folkster whose songs meander along in and entrancingly slow pace. It should be noted that this is a pretty experimental show and will not have your standard rock band or types of instrumentation. But trust me the experiments being conducted tonight warrant a good listen. The show is $7 and starts at 9 PM.
If you see me at The Old Church show please say, "hi". That would be stupendous.


Ezza Rose - Trigger from The Sights Of Sounds on Vimeo.

Ezza Rose plays tonight at The Old Church tonight!

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