Nick Jaina, Esme Patterson, & Robert Sarazin Blake
- Events begin promptly at the posted time - doors open half an hour beforehand, so come early to have your choice of seats.
Tickets: $8 advance, $10 at the door
Nick Jaina is from Portland, Oregon. He has released several albums on Hush Records while touring North America with his band. He has written several ballets for a group featuring dancers from the New York City Ballet, in addition to writing music for plays and film. His new album Primary Perception will be released on Fluff & Gravy Records this spring.
With appearances singing with various groups on “All Things Considered,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show,” folk & roll songstress Esmé Patterson has been playing music with different groups since she dropped out of college to be in a band, six years ago. Patterson is a founding member of the band Paper Bird, and has performed with them in venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Patterson has played, recorded, written and toured with a wide array of artists including Neko Case, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Tennis, Anaïs Mitchell, Flobots, Joe Sampson, and many others. She lives in Denver and loves it very much.
In 1997, Robert Sarazin Blake dropped out of college and hit the road. The folk music of his father’s house had combined with the DIY punk ethos of the day and produced his first batch of songs, Another Irrelevant Year. On the heels of Richard Manning, Billy Bragg, and Ani Difranco, Blake’s 18-year-old release is an early document of the folk-punk movement. On his first US tour, Blake played 30 shows around the US planting seeds as he developed touring, not as an economic model, but as a lifestyle. He hasn’t stopped. Ten full length albums into his career, he’s continued to write pulling from folk roots, his travels, his contemporaries, and the quiet spot in the back of his mind. The writing has evolved, mellowing with experience and expanding with reference, but the essence of the work has remained the same-strong narratives solidly built on the folk foundation and fully in the immediacy of the now.
The touring and performing has become an art in itself. Performing 200 shows a year, Blake is a world class performer in a neighborhood venue. The show is a combination of songs and rambles landing somewhere between a concert and a theatrical instillation. The neighborhoods have been all over Ireland and the US and occasionally in Canada, Scotland, England, Norway, Denmark, Germany and France. The shows are booked, managed, and driven to by Blake- a one man cottage industry existing underneath and outside the main-streams of the music business.