JESCA HOOP – Tickets – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – March 12th, 2017


Kickstand Productions Presents!


Lowland Hum, Weatherman

Sun, March 12, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 17 and over

Jesca Hoop has lived all over the map, and her rich life experience is reflected in her distinctive voice and natural gift for inventive song craft.

Hoop learned to sing at an early age, harmonising with her musical Mormon family in northern California. She began writing highly idiosyncratic songs at the age of 14 to keep her company on her long walks to school. At 16, Hoop broke away from her strict upbringing and began what she calls her 'life as a racoon', off the grid & close to nature. Rambling through the high mountain deserts of the Southwest and along the coastlines of the Northwest, she worked as a wilderness survival guide and chalked up skills in farming, surveying, and carpentry. Her songwriting continued throughout, shared on porches, in deep river canyons and around campfires.

In 2004 the desire to share these songs on a broader scale set in. She settled in Los Angeles, where she honed her songwriting craft and developed a reputation as a unique and beguiling live performer of real substance. Though she now resides in Manchester, England, Hoop returned to Los Angeles to record her third album, The House That Jack Built.

Jesca has quite the growing collection of fans in high places: Tom Waits described her music as being "like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night". Peter Gabriel took her to South America to sing with him, and in recent years she has been hand picked to play as support on tour for Eels, Andrew Bird, Punch Brothers, Shearwater and Elbow: Elbow's Guy Garvey even has her do regular stints as guest presenter on his BBC radio show, to great reception.

The follow up to 2009's critically acclaimed Hunting My Dress, this new record displays a striking duality: light and dark, head and heart, it juxtaposes the macabre and visceral with a disarmingly candid intimacy. The resulting combination is powerfully evocative, with overarching themes of biology, nature and humanity – Hoop's stone-turning observations are mired in the equal beauty and violence of a nature that, for her, is clearly red in tooth and claw.
Lowland Hum
Lowland Hum
"This music is mostly unadorned and pure, with considerable attention to detail. Lauren's voice sounds refreshing and simple, and Daniel's passion shakes from his head and literally to his feet."
-Bob Boilen, NPR Music

"[Lowland Hum creates an] atmospheric brand of emotionally intelligent folk"
– Matt Grosinger, Nerdist

"Their vocal harmonies are airtight and sweet, their songs shadowy but bolstered by hope and by a shared vision."
– Matthew Fiander, Pop Matters
Lowland Hum is an art-folk band based in Charlottesville, Virginia made up of husband-wife team Daniel and Lauren Goans. In a particularly cacophonous cultural moment, Lowland Hum is a breath of fresh air. The band's songs have been described as poetic and evocative, and their arrangements minimal, hushed and dynamic. They have toured extensively since the band's inception in 2012 to support their two full length albums and one EP. Both their live show and studio releases have garnered critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, the Washington Post, American Songwriter and others. With a loyal fanbase that is steadily growing, Lowland Hum is a band to take note of, particularly as they are set to release their freshest collection of songs early next year. The band's third full length album, Thin, will be released on February 10, 2017, followed by a nationwide tour.
Up from the mean streets of Oak Park, IL comes Annie Higgins with a killer alto and a knack for alluring melodies. She spends her university years in Montana, does a short disillusioned stint in Los Angeles. Once back in Chicago and determined to avoid the well-worn path of guitar, bass, and drums, she instead establishes and turns heads with the all female piano and string quartet, Singing in the Abbey.

Enter stage left, Jason Toth, a drummer with a vibrant resume from disparate corners of independent music: the Handsome Family, Daniel Knox, Edith Frost, the Zincs and Fruit Bats. Yet still, he seeks to get at a certain rhythmic itch first planted in him around age 7 by the music of Prince, deepened by 60's soul and the music of the Band and re-imagined by certain major figures of east coast and midwest 90's hip-hop.

Then, from a blissful, droney haze and field of scratches and fuzz, comes Joshua Dumas (Quarter Mile Thunder, Pieholden Studio). He wields a pig-pen of sounds and synths and loops that pack in to a case designed to be portable via public transportation (and it would be if wasn't so damn heavy). His exploratory electronics become the spice, the fat, the pepper and the twist in the soup of gospel leaning piano chords, frenetic though conscientious drumming, and hooks.

The three develop musical camaraderie quite quickly, explore new sounds and forms, and join in a common goal to serve and protect and expand the concept of pop minimalism. They record two 2-song singles at Chicago's Experimental Sound Studio on their beautiful, dark-toned piano and under the care of engineer Alex Inglizian. Additional recording done at Pieholden Suite Sound. The singles are released in February, May and November of 2015 by La Société Expéditionnaire. They share stages in Chicago with Juana Molina, Psalm One, Ryley Walker, Cathedrals and others. The singles are released in February and May of 2015 by La Société Expéditionnaire. More to come ...
Venue Information:
Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618

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