Tickets: $10 advance, $14 at the door.
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Please join us for an evening of inspired songwriting and American folk music with Joe Stevens and Humble Tripe, here at Empty Sea!
California-based singer/songwriter, guitar and banjo-man, Joe Stevens is a third-generation professional musician in a long line of restless westward moving souls. From his roots as an awkward kid with a debilitating stutter, through dark years of alcohol and drug addiction, Joe’s music touches on themes at once specific and ubiquitous, portraying the human condition distilled — where one person’s story is truly everyone’s story. A prolific writer, the muse began whispering at the age of fifteen and Joe has produced some untold thousands of songs and essays in his 32 years. Joe is the main songwriter in the Alt-Americana group Coyote Grace, who released five albums between 2006 and 2012 and toured with the Indigo Girls, Melissa Ferrick, and Girlyman; sharing stages with Chris Pureka, Greensky Bluegrass, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, and legends such as Cris Williamson and Lowen and Navarro.
This year’s highly anticipated release of Last Man Standing, his first album under his own name, takes him back out on the trail, criss-crossing the US from August through November. A seasoned road dog and performer, Joe is as much at home out in the wild public lands as on the concrete of the American urban jungles, from farmer’s markets to theater stages. Co-produced with Michael Connolly at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle WA, Last Man Standing combines Joe’s distinct songwriting – a strong focus on word craft, with folk roots and old time sensibilities yet with subtly altered meters, progressions, and content – and Michael’s multi-instrumentalist and technical skills – creating a genre-bending mix of folk, indie-rock, and neo-soul that is both alternative and traditional. A dark past and keen insight gives weight to Joe’s words, sung in his signature smokey voice, telling the stories that are his contribution to the treasury of North American Roots music.
Joe’s music rides the edge of the first wave of transgender performers to break through into the public consciousness. The social media explosion combined with shifting public opinion created the conditions that enabled trans and queer artists, a highly marginalized and often isolated subculture, to connect and gain visibility throughout the world. Joe performs and gives workshops on songwriting and queer/trans issues at colleges and universities and is a social justice activist for underdogs of all stripes, committed to honoring their vital contributions to the greater collective evolution.
Moving from songwriter to symphony, resulting in a haunting landscape of beautiful swells, dramatic tension and space, North Carolina based Humble Tripe shines on their latest album, The Giving.
Humble Tripe’s Shawn Luby, a nationally recognized classical guitar player in his youth, along with longtime collaborator and Berklee School of Music graduate Stud Green, have been quickly gaining attention after winning numerous traditional grass roots band and songwriting competitions up and down the East Coast. The duo brings their sweet brand of orchestral folk back to the West Coast, and along with it, a glimpse into the future of southern American folk music.
“A joy to behold, a collection of lovely, sublime melodies that shimmer and sparkle with a radiance all their own.” – No Depression
Tickets: $15 advance, $18 at the door.
All ticket purchases will include a complementary copy of Eric John Kaiser’s new CD, Idaho!
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Please join us for an evening of Parisian-Americana with Portland’s French Troubadour, Eric John Kaiser, live at Empty Sea. Eric will be releasing his new CD Idaho, with special guest Alex Toucourt from France!
Eric John Kaiser may be known as The French Troubadour, but there is so much more to this talented artist. While his French roots may make him seem exotic, those in the know realize that’s just the beginning of his story. Eric moved to the States in 2006 and has been putting his unique stamp on the Portland, OR music scene ever since. He tells his story and takes the audience on a journey along the way. It is his way to connect with people’s souls – shared experiences about humanity.
The need to evolve and grow as an artist has led Eric to travel extensively, soaking up the cultures and stories of the people he meets. Eric has logged close to 10,000 miles each year since moving to Portland and his trips have taken him all the way from the Pacific Northwest to New Orleans to The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. His journeys are a striking parallel to the early American pioneers and settlers that left what they knew behind them and sought a new life. It wasn’t a covered wagon or a ship, but Eric has the same sense of wonder whether driving his trusty Subaru under the wide Montana sky or riding the subway under the New York City canyons. His music has logged as many miles and picked up accents from across the American landscape. His latest songs resonate with a very American rhythm, like bouncing across the vast plains on horseback… You can hear some western lap steel guitar or dirty roadhouse blues mixed in with his traditional French stylings – a Parisian Americana, if you will.
Having started his musical career in France – playing in the cafes and pubs in Paris. Eric recorded several EP’s and played over 350 concerts in France before deciding to move to the US in 2006. He still tours frequently, including a yearly trip back to his native France for shows. In Paris he has played at the Solidays Festival, La Scène Bastille, and Fête de la Musique. In March 2010, he also toured around the United States and Canada with his friend and fellow French musician Tété where he performed at the Smithsonian Institution as part of an artist-in-residence program. Later that year, Eric did a West Coast tour that took him from Portland to San Diego in promotion for his latest EP. It was during that tour that he performed at the DeYoung Museum as a part of an extensive French Impressionist masterpiece show on loan from Paris’ Musée d’Orsay. In late 2010, he was back in France releasing Portland Rendez-Vous and was interviewed on French National TV and Radio. Beginning in January 2011, he found himself on the road again touring Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Washington where he was featured on various publications. Later in March on the East Coast he was playing shows in Boston, Providence, and New York City. He also somehow managed to squeeze in sharing the stage with the Welsh super stars the Stereophonics.
Eric John Kaiser’s upcoming CD is the culmination of his travels through the American West. He came upon an historic hotel in Lava Hot Springs, ID that spoke to him and ended up staying at The River Side Inn to write and finish his latest effort – aptly titled Idaho. The energy in the 100+ year old building reminded him of the pioneers and cowboys that founded the town – It was like going back in the past and connecting with those early people’s courage and sense of adventure. Eric can relate to that in a way – Exploring a new life. These songs are a reflection of Eric and the evolution of his career. It speaks to the big open spaces, the vastness of the sky, the feeling of being everywhere and nowhere at the same time. It is the continuation of Eric’s journey, his evolution and the endless possibilities the freedom of being on the road provides.
Learn more about Eric John Kaiser at www.ericjohnkaiser.com
Alex Toucourt is an up and coming singer songwriter from France. He has shared the stage with many notable artists, including Tracy Chapman, Renan Luce, Les Ogres de Barback, Sanseverino. He has also performed at some of France’s most prestigious festivals, such as Le Printemps de Bourges, and the Ricard Live Music.
Alex was born in the Eastern region of Lorraine and has toured mainly in France and Belgium. He released his EP Acousticool in 2007, followed by Studio Orange in 2010 and Mémoire D’Éléphant Rose in 2013. Behind his acoustic guitars he sings about lost love, examines our defeats, and creates characters of his own. His grandfather Lino, an Italian immigrant who came to France with only a passport and an accordion, is also a source of inspiration.
Come and get a taste of this authentic French singer songwriter’s music! You can learn more about Alex Toucourt at: www.alextoucourt.com
You can also check out this video for a taste of what’s to come! http://youtu.be/M1IZ6RhSZcE
Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door.
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Please join us for an evening with Mickelson & Coyle w/ Wild Rabbit, live at Empty Sea!
In 2013, San Francisco artist Scott Mickelson celebrated the release of more than five full-length records with his band Fat Opie. His narrative writing style continues to paint both musical and lyrical portraits of contemporary life as an American. Successes include the song Bullets in My Briefcase, which won a national band search sponsored by 7UP/(MTV). This included a prize of $15,000. He has also appeared on NPR and a CBS Morning Show. When not touring he is producing other artists from his recording studio in Northern, CA. His debut solo full-length Flickering will be released early 2015.
Dan Coyle has been touring and making music since 2008. His latest output, a 6-song EP entitled Perfect Word. Perfect Beat. is an especially dynamic record, at once both delicate and exuberant. Dan has performed in major festivals such as The Folk Alliance and has appeared on NBC Live, The ABC Morning Show, and Balcony TV (Germany). Dan has played countless shows across the United States and Canada, including a year-long stretch of performances throughout Europe in 2011. He averages 100 live performances per year, leaving a trail of delighted fans in his wake. He lives in New York City.
Combining each member’s unique influences ranging from Beethoven to Beirut, blending three distinct vocal styles, and adding copious amounts of foot-stomping, Wild Rabbit (formerly Br’er Rabbit) has discovered a sound and a presence that’s at once original and familiar, appealing to audiences of all generations & genres. After a breakthrough performance at the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival, garnering press in noted indie roots publication No Depression and in the Seattle Times, the band made a prominent name for itself in the Northwest and has been quickly picking up momentum since then, opening for popular indie bands like Paper Bird, Ha Ha Tonka, Shook Twins, and The Family Crest.