Singer-songwriter Lily Kiara (Amsterdam, Netherlands) plays folky songs that have evolved into individual vignettes and stories which hook the listener into rapt attention. She writes melodies with a melancholic undertone and performs her repertoire with a poetic stillness which engages the audience in a very unique way.
This year, 2016 she is playing her second US tour, this time to the West Coast and Southern States. In the Netherlands Lily has opened for Duke Garwood (Mark Lanegan) and one of the fathers of the American folk movement - Eric Anderson. She has also played in numerous European cities and in Australia. Lily Kiara's new album Fishing in the Field releases on Zip Records this Summer.
As a singer/songwriter, JR Rhodes' (Seattle, WA) musical journey has taken her to places that are as personal as private dreams and as universal as ancient prayers. Her richly resonant voice is complemented by lyrics that are both emotionally revealing and gracefully poetic. Combining elements of jazz, folk and pop, she grounds her melodies in solid songcraft even as they soar into otherworldly atmospheres.
BLUE OCEAN COLLECTIVE
The Blue Ocean Collective is comprised of four Bay Area songwriters Luna Taylor, Josh Beemish, Sean Cody and Rozanne Gewaar. Revel in the beauty of Luna's nuanced vocal layers, tap along to Josh's murder ballads and banjo rhythms, light up with the twinkle in Sean's eye before his slide guitar takes it away - and oh! those harmonies! Don't let the banter fool you - there is something heartfelt and fierce in each of this group's rare performances.