Tickets Goodnight Moonshine is Molly Venter's latest musical project, a collaboration with her husband Eben Pariser. Co-writing often, Eben and Molly explore what it means to be in a healthy authentic relationship; both wholesome and irreverent, they sing of joy and grief in equal measure. Molly's voice bends from a sweet moan to a gritty shout and back into a playful run in the space of a few bars and "it all goes down like silk," writes American Songwriter Magazine; "few singers turn first time listeners into eternal fanatics as effortlessly as Molly Venter." The emotional potency of her voice is surrounded and supported by a lush landscape of harmonies and minimalist orchestrations conceived by Eben on vocals and electric guitar. Molly’s voice has caught the ear of industry giants, and been prominently featured on FOX television, Apple Computers and in Warner Brothers films. Consummate performers, Molly and Eben have also appeared nationally and internationally, performing 100+ shows a year, with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime. Their co-write "Willow Tree" was a #1 hit on the folk charts in 2014 and was featured in USA Today. The group tours as a trio with Adam Chilenski on upright bass.
Tickets $18 general & students and members $16 available at Wildberries Marketplace or brownpapertickets.com
Tickets Multi-format chart topping artists The Black Market Trust are an American pop/vocal jazz band whose current release, “Just One Of Those Things," combines the sound of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the gypsy fire of acoustic jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Consisting of five world class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages and with music’s most renowned artists, The Black Market Trust capitalizes on their experience and pedigree to deliver “ just One of Those Things”. Their third album that brings a new and exciting sound to 12 tried-and-true classic songs along with one brand new original hit.
The band’s all-instrumental debut studio album, The Black Market Trust, released in 2012, is widely regarded as a milestone in the gypsy jazz world. Through their debut album, lead guitarist Jeffrey Scott Radaich was acclaimed for his songwriting as well as technical prowess and musicality. He has been touted as one of the most innovative and influential American acoustic gypsy jazz guitarists today. With their first release, the band established themselves as leaders and innovators by combining 1960s pop sensibilities with the traditional sounds of Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club of France Quintet. The animated Pencilmation video, A Hole New World featuring their original song Referential Integrity has garnered over four million YouTube views.
Both critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful, The band’s second album “II”, took fans to new heights with their stylized and modern take on the Great American Songbook. The addition of vocals and drums gave the band their first top 10 radio hit with their version of “Route 66”. Drawing inspiration from their love of The Beach Boys, Sinatra, and Lennon/McCartney, the band arranged lead and 3 part vocal harmony lines for 12 of their favorite Great American Songbook standards. Radaich’s emotive, light baritone is the focus, surrounded by Netzley’s pure tenor and Irwin’s resonant, rich bottom-end. The band’s music synthesize two distinctly different vibes - one of the gypsy campfire, the other a slick metropolitan nightclub - into a cohesive, stylish sound.
With “Just One Of Those Things” ,The Black Market Trust have managed to build and improved on their daring, fresh and exciting sound. Combining old world romance with new world form, The Black Market Trust delivers a simple, elegant and well-defined masterpiece.
Tickets $15 general and $13 students and members. Available at Wildberries Marketplace, brownpapertickets.com or reserve at 822-1575.
Tickets The acoustic power trio of mandolinist John Reischman, guitarist Scott Nygaard, and bassist/mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist blends traditional bluegrass and folk styles with their own personalized visions of contemporary acoustic music, reshaping old melodies and composing new music based on traditional forms with an improvisatory flair and melodic richness. Reischman and Nygaard, both Grammy winners revered in the acoustic world for their melodic virtuosity and impeccable tone, have been performing together off and on since the early ‘90s, when they played on each others’ solo recording debuts for Rounder Records. They are joined by Gilchrist, whose mandolin and bass playing have been in high demand for years, gracing the bands of acoustic and bluegrass icons Darol Anger, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Laurie Lewis, and others. Reischman’s most recent album, Walk Along John,was described by Bluegrass Today as combining “blazing bluegrass, stately old time melodies, and even reckless, seat-of-the-pants improvgrass,” a fitting description of what you can expect to hear from these three empathetic musicians.
Tickets Former Humboldt resident and KHUM DJ Lila Nelson returns from a year abroad in Italy to perform at the Arcata Playhouse on Saturday, April 15. Nelson has been working her craft for over 15 years and is beloved for her poignant songs and clever stage banter. She hosted Meet Me in the Morning Sundays on KHUM for years, then, in 2009, relocated to Oakland. She recorded her most recent album, The Fret & The Fray in Portland, Ore. with producer Sebastian Rogers (Catherine Feeny, Come Gather Round Us) and toured the album with her band, The Job. Other recordings include collaborations with Mike Dronkers, Kenny Edwards and Freddy Koella. In 2012, Nelson gave birth to her greatest work, Viva Caliendo. Shell be playing solo at the Playhouse, sharing material new and old, troubadour style. Opening the show is Lila's sister, Siena Nelson, another local favorite and Renaissance woman recently featured in Women of the Northwest. Tickets $15 general and $13 members and students available Wildberries and brownpapertickets.com or call 822-1575 to reserve.