Bernhoft

Bernhoft (9:30 PM)

The Wind + The Wave (8:30 PM)

Martin Harley (7:45 PM)

Sun, November 2, 2014

7:30 pm

$20.00

Cancelled

This event is all ages

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Bernhoft - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Bernhoft
While touring the world over the past few years—and captivating crowds with his stunning looping power as a one-man-band act— the Norwegian retro-soul singer/multi-instrumentalist, Bernhoft found his music taking on a whole new level of meaning. “On the last tour it was very strange for me to come from a country that’s incredibly well-off and unaffected by the recession, and then perform in places where a whole generation is out of work and there’s a real feeling of hopelessness,” says Bernhoft. “I felt like I was trying to reach out and lift people’s spirits, but at the same time I was always aware that I was very much in a separate place from them.” On his new album Islander, Bernhoft explores that disconnect by amping up his groove-laced soul elements with frenetic tension captured through deeper and richer sonic textures. His guitar riffs, piano chords, and lyrics on Islander, embrace both heartbreaking raw emotion of reality and soulful positivity. Escapist yet challenging, Islander emerges as an album that dares to reimagine what’s possible in pop music.

To record the follow-up to his critically-lauded sophomore album, Solidarity Breaks, Bernhoft took to another island locale; England’s Isle of Wight, home to the legendary music festival of the same name. “Isle of Wight is just a magical place, almost like a time machine that brings you back about 30 years,” says the singer, noting that the island’s distance from electronic-centric London culture helped to foster Islander’s warm, organic feel. Working at Chale Abbey Studios (a vintage-equipment-packed facility converted from a former monastery), Bernhoft teamed up with producer Paul Butler—a member of beloved alt-rock band The Bees whose past production work includes releases by Michael Kiwanuka and Devendra Banhart.

Inspired by everything from Swedish pop to the trailblazing soul of Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone and the intricate folk-rock of Carole King, Islander begins by elegantly flaunting Bernhoft’s sweet, yet masterful, vocals on the lead single “Come Around.” “That song came to me while I was driving from San Francisco to L.A. and blasting the radio and just being reminded of what music can do to you, how much it can affect you,” says Bernhoft. From there the collection brings smooth, feel-good numbers like “Wind You Up” (a song whose kaleidoscope of rhythms includes Bernhoft’s deft beatboxing), “Everything Will Be Alright” (a funk masterpiece driven by slinky guitar riffs and vocal-group harmonies), “One Way Track” (a blissed-out dance track that blends disco beats and razor-sharp storytelling) and “No Us, No Them” (Bernhoft’s smoldering love-song duet with GRAMMY Award-winning R&B artist Jill Scott). Islander pushes deeper into emotional territory with the beautiful slow burn of “Don’t Let Me Go” (a guitar-drenched soul ballad) and the album-closing “I Believe in All the Things You Don’t” (a quietly stirring epic that warns against jaded cynicism with lines like “You cut your arms off at the elbows thinking all was lost/You couldn’t be more wrong”).

Describing himself as “still basking in a ‘60s and ‘70s sort of soundscape,” Bernhoft notes that he took a decidedly old-school approach to the recording of his new album. “We just went to the studio and belted it out for a solid month,” he says. “The vibe and the chemistry were so great that we just kept at it for long hours, which I think gave the songs a really cool intensity.” To that end, Bernhoft also snubbed in-studio perfectionism for a looser, rawer approach to performance. “There are lot of tools and technology that we chose not to use so that we’d have to limit ourselves to natural musicianship and musicality,” Bernhoft says. “Paul and I were very much in agreement that we’d much rather use a whole take and end up with a beautiful mistake than try to be perfect all the time.”

In 2008 Bernhoft made his solo debut with Ceramik City Chronicles (a love/hate homage to his native city of Oslo) and—in touring in support of the album—quickly garnered a reputation as a must-see live performer, ultimately scoring an opening slot for blues-rock legend Joe Cocker. In early 2011 he released Solidarity Breaks, featuring the beatbox-infused, acoustic-guitar-laced single “C’mon Talk” (whose video has earned more than 7.3 million views). The following year, Bernhoft continued his breakout success by nabbing the Best Artist and Best Male Artist of the Year awards at the 2012 Spellemannprisen (Norway’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards). And in 2013, the singer broke through in the U.S. by flooring audiences at SXSW, appearing on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and making his late-night-television debut on CONAN. Soon after his new found American success, Bernhoft signed with Paradigm Agency’s label Big Picnic Records here in the States.

Solidarity Breaks has now racked up more than a quarter-million sales worldwide, a feat largely accomplished on the strength of Bernhoft’s awe-inspiring live show. With Bernhoft wielding his loop station to weave in lush layers of harmony and magically reproducing the sound, feel, and energy of a complete band, his live performances proves to be both stunningly complex and beautifully simple in its emphasis on pure-hearted vocal performance. In building such an intensely intimate atmosphere onstage, Bernhoft envelopes his audiences in the same joyful mood that imbues the soul of Islander. “As I was writing for Islander a lot of the lyrics had references to boats and water and bridges,” says Bernhoft. “It’s almost like I was saying, ‘Hey, come on board, I’m gonna take you for a ride, and hopefully for the next hour you can forget about your troubles.’ That’s the kind of album I most want to make; one where the songs are in good spirits, and maybe they can help give you a new sense of hope.”
The Wind + The Wave - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
The Wind + The Wave
WHO: Austin, Texas-based duo The Wind and The Wave are Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn. (Dwight is “The Wind” and Patty is “The Wave.”) The two met in 2009 when Dwight, a touring musician turned songwriter and producer, who’s worked with such artists as Bob Schneider and Brandi Carlile, was urged by his wife to actually leave his studio (“I’m kind of a hermit,” he says) and go see a friend’s band. Patty’s previous band was opening the show.

“I hate complimenting her,” Dwight jokes, “but Patty was pretty captivating to watch.”

“I thought he was intimidating,” Patty says with a laugh about her first impression of Dwight. “A few weeks later we went out with a group of people for sushi and I remember not saying much.”

“She was mousy and shy and quiet.”

“Not anymore. Now I burp in meetings.”

“Yeah, now you can’t shut up,” Dwight says. “I created a monster.”

“Dwight is like my other half,” Patty says. “He eats what I don’t in the trail mix and vice versa. Cashews are the best.”

“Cashews are disgusting.” Dwight says. “Yeah, it’s really adorable to watch us every morning eating oatmeal together on the road. We’re like 90-year-old women gossiping about shit, and her going, ‘Can I have your nuts?’”

Declaring Patty’s voice the best thing about her band, Dwight expressed an interest in working with her, which led to his producing several of her projects. A creative partnership was born. The two describe themselves as being “cut from the same thread” and “rarely on different pages.”

WHAT: Later this year, The Wind and The Wave will release their debut album From The Wreckage, a title that Dwight says partially reflects “building a new thing from the ashes of our careers.” The album glows with a rootsy golden tone that encompasses everything from indie-folk, to alt-country to blues-rock to Southern psychedelia. The raucous first single “With Your Two Hands” sounds like it could have been written during an impromptu back-porch jam session.
Martin Harley - (Set time: 7:45 PM)
Martin Harley
Martin Harley is an internationally acclaimed slide guitar player and songwriter. His music has been enjoyed from London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall to the far reaches of Australia, across the USA and almost everywhere in between. Playing both acoustic weissenborn and electric slide guitar across his lap has become the trademark style of this dynamic artist.

Performances at Europe’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury’s Acoustic and Avalon stages have cemented his popularity within the acoustic blues scene. The home grown, hard touring approach he’s employed over the last eight years has built a strong fan base worldwide. His ‘British Americana’ sound is influenced by Delta Blues and Gypsy swing and has produced a road worn style of song writing that feels as comfortable and as an old pair of shoes you just can’t throw away.

Martin recordings and live shows alike have prompted such praise as. “In the Martin Harley the future of British roots and blues is assured” (Blues Nights), “Amazing” (Johnny Walker BBC radio 2) “Song writing that is staggeringly good, no one is making music like it” (Guitarist Magazine) ‘

‘Drumrolls for Somersaults’ the fourth album, reached number one in the Itunes UK blues chart in April this year. Martin’s ‘Blues Gone Green’ bike tour (27 shows over 1200 miles in 31 days on a customised bicycle carrying all his own equipment) and holding the world record for the ‘worlds highest ever gig’ in the Himalayas has reinforced the idea that ‘This is no ordinary musician’ (Maverick Magazine)
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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