Trixie Whitley, Rocco DeLuca

Trixie Whitley (9:45 PM)

Rocco DeLuca (8:30 PM)

Tue, October 25, 2016

8:00 pm

$0.00 - $17.00

This event is all ages

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Trixie Whitley - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Trixie Whitley
For Trixie Whitley, her sophomore release represents an introspective expedition into the depths of her creative identity. Porta Bohemica cribs its name from a defunct European railroad: its songs wind through landscapes of absolute subconscious that she learned to trust by largely self-producing the album. “The metaphor of an old train line feeds something in my imagination. I related to that sense of travel when making this record. It involved letting go of my past to embrace my individuality as a young woman and as an artist” the Brooklyn-based musician says.

From a very young age, Trixie Whitely nurtured a singular creative spirit, springing from her restless inner directive. At the ripe age of three, she made her onstage debut alongside her father, the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Chris Whitley. Never resting on her lineage, Trixie set out to craft a unique personal and artistic identity. She started playing drums when she was 10, at age 11, she became the youngest resident DJ in Belgium spinning underground electronica, free jazz, ambient instrumentals, and hip-hop at raves and modern art museums. And by her early teens she was touring with several avant-garde theater and dance collectives throughout Europe (including Les Ballets C de la B, with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui).

Throughout all of this, she developed an affinity for punk rock’s nonconformist and D.I.Y. ethics that permeated her fearless genre bending and daring life choices. After a nomadic transatlantic existence, living between New York and Belgium, she quit high school at age 17 and took a job slinging burgers at a dive while steadily advancing her music career. One of her early efforts impressed the iconic producer Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris). He enlisted her to front his own band, Black Dub, with modern jazz drummer Brian Blade and legendary New Orleans bassist Daryl Johnson.

Since 2013, Trixie has emerged as a compelling solo artist with three EPs and one full-length in her catalog. Fourth Corner, her full-length debut, garnered acclaim from MOJO, Interview, ELLE, Vogue, Relix, The Village Voice, NPR and The New York Times, among many other publications. Through it’s success, she’s toured internationally and earned three nominations, as well as a win for Best Female Artist at the 2013 Belgium Music Industry Awards (MIAs).

Trixie’s prismatic artistry reflects electronica, R&B, the vulnerable ethos of singer-songwriters, and the unapologetic individuality of punk rock. Although her previous effort reflects her broad tastes, it is with her latest that Trixie creates a transcendent musical miscellany. It even took chucking an earlier version of the record and starting over to achieve the meaning and mastery displayed in Porta Bohemica. “I wanted to make people think and feel something honest and emotionally complex in my music–that comes from being fully present in the creative moment.”

Porta Bohemica was a two-year odyssey that profoundly changed the artist. “I embraced many realizations making this record. Intuition and vulnerability ” Whitley says, “are some of the most underestimated powers that we have.”

“Once you let go of your fears, you can face your potential and there is an endless palette of possibilities to explore. This is just the beginning, and I feel a lot of excitement and optimism about what’s to come.“
Rocco DeLuca - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Rocco DeLuca
Rocco DeLuca is Rocco’s second album for 429 Records and his fourth overall LP. Produced by seven time Grammy winner Daniel Lanois, Rocco DeLuca builds upon the brooding and haunting mood of his last solo album, 2011’s Drugs ‘N’ Hymns.

Currently residing in East Hollywood, CA, Rocco hosted a number of recording sessions in his bedroom with a number of notable local musicians, “local folks and family,” including drummer Oliver Charles (Ben Harper), guitarist and vocalist Christian Letts (Edward Sharpe), bassist Seth-Ford Young (Edward Sharpe), violinist Odessa Jorgensen, bassist Gus Siefert (The Black Keys, Beck), vocalist Soko and drummers Josh Collazo (Edward Sharpe) and Jonathan Wright.

Additional production, mixing, and performing was provided by Simon Katz (Youngblood Hawke) and Chris Karn.

Whereas Drugs ‘n’ Hymns was notable for its spare, quiet intensity and attention to the darker side of things, Rocco DeLuca revels in a spirited spontaneity no doubt achieved through many an inspired (and oftentimes unacknowledged) home recording session among friends, yet maintains the intimacy that made Drugs so special.

Says DeLuca:

“I went through school as an unfavored, untalented, quiet student who was allowed to find his own course.

At about nine years I realized that of all the curious forces, the one I was compelled to be most completely controlled by was music.

From that moment I had a place of my own. For me music is a place where everything and everyone is invited. It is the intersection of every walk of life. Even economics and prejudice yield to music.

Lately I have been writing letters and not sending them out. Every piece of music on this new record is a token of those letters addressed to both animal, plant, human, and the moon.

Friends and I would meet up to play and listen to Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam. My friend Pier from Austin played the Chess release real loud for me one night and it had power.

Many friends made this project possible including Daniel Lanois who is always going 'further out' creating new sounds and blowing my mind. When Daniel hears music he believes in, he simply calls it ‘soul music.’”
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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