Beth Bombara w / Lauren Calve in the Wine Garden - 9/7/18

Beth Bombara w / Lauren Calve in the Wine Garden - 9/7/18

Friday, September 07 2018 8:00pm Doors / 9:00pm Start

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Fri Sep 07 2018

Beth Bombara w / Lauren Calve in the Wine Garden - 9/7/18

at City Winery Washington DC

Doors:
8:00pm
Starts:
9:00pm

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General Admission
$10.00
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“Recall the times you were so filled with melancholy you couldn’t help but singing. We rarely have the words to describe these feelings and it can leave you in a daze. Beth Bombara’s words and the desperation with which she so honestly conveys them will leap like sunshine into your heart.” - Pokey Lafarge

With a folksinger’s head and a rocker’s heart, Beth Bombara has built her career on an evolving sound that blurs the lines between genres. To those who make their living onstage, she’s a musician’s musician — a road warrior who writes her own exemplary material, plays multiple instruments, and fronts her own band, often a duo with her husband. With 2017’s ‘Map & No Direction,’ Bombara’s songs take aim at a larger audience with melodic hooks that showcase a love not only for roots-rock, but the irresistible punch of classic pop, too.
“We’ve played in 22 states, and driven through every one except South Dakota, Florida, Vermont, and Maine,” Beth notes. The hard work paid off, with American Songwriter, Pop Matters, St. Louis Magazine, The Bluegrass Situation and WBEZ all devoting coverage to Beth’s music. During months on the road after her 2015 release, though, Beth found herself battling a deep depression that shook her confidence and crushed her creativity. Unable to write a song and barely able to get out of bed, she spent some time as a side-woman once again, this time playing bass on a tour with the dance-pop project RAC. Taking the spotlight off of herself followed by a period of rest in her hometown of St. Louis restarted her engines.
So naturally, she left town once again, this time heading to the Pacific Northwest with her producer, partner, co-writer, and musical right-hand man Kit Hamon. For her, travel often provides inspiration (witness her song “Mountain Sun”) and there, during a residency in Portland, OR, the two tested out some new, collaboratively-written material, a high water mark for her songwriting. Before heading back east, they recorded those tunes at Portland studio A/D Agency with producer/engineer Karl Kling, who’d first worked with them during the RAC tour. The songs sounded different this time around, layered with Kit’s lush string arrangements, polished to a light shine by Karl, and influenced by more than a half-century’s worth of British pop classics and rock home runs. The result is Map & No Direction, an album that casts the widest net of Beth’s career, from the George Harrison-worthy guitar riffs of the kickoff track, “I Tried (You’re Too Late),” to the sad, sparse beauty of the piano ballad “What We’re Giving.” It’s the sound of Beth rediscovering her own abilities as a songwriter — and expanding them, too.
Seeds of that sound were planted in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where a teenaged Beth landed her first gig as the frontwoman of a touring punk band. From there, she branched out, traveling the country as a side-woman for critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter and Ramseur Records artist Samantha Crain. “Playing with Sam was my introduction to touring on a national scale,” remembers Bombara, who juggled multiple roles as Crain’s lead guitarist, percussionist, and backup singer. Along the way, she learned how to work a crowd and communicate onstage. The biggest lesson, though, was the realization that Beth wanted to write and perform her own songs, not just participate in someone else’s lineup. After moving to St. Louis, she launched a solo career, kicking things off with a batch of songs that owed less to the fury of her punk beginnings and more to the finesse of Gillian Welch, Tom Petty, and Aimee Mann.
More songs followed, along with a string of solo albums that shone a light not only on Bombara’s voice, but her collaboration with Kit. “Sonically, he’s the backbone of my rhythm section, and we’ve started co-writing more and more. Our personalities and the ways we approach music are very different, and working through those differences has led to some great collaborations,” says Beth. Meanwhile, her adopted hometown of St. Louis took notice of her sound, with publications like The Riverfront Times naming Beth the city’s best Americana artist for several years running.
“There is a really raw artistic energy in St. Louis right now,” Beth says of her adopted hometown, “and a lot of creative people collaborating on projects across different mediums. There’s also a certain freedom to be able to try things because of a lower cost of living — a freedom to focus more time on creation rather than just getting by.” Even so, Bombara has always kept a broader focus that reaches beyond St. Louis’ city limits, behind releases like Wish I Were You, Raise Your Flag and 2015’s self-titled Beth Bombara, and of course, behind her omnipresent desire to pack up the van, grab a map, and head north, east, south, or west.

Virginia native Lauren Calve is a Washington, D.C. area singer-songwriter, guitar and lap steel player who has brought a vital new energy to the Americana scene. Starting with her days attending the open mic nights at the well-loved, but now defunct Arlington, VA live music haven Iota Club and Cafe, Calve became known for her strong, soulful vocal style and skillful playing. Seeing her perform, one thinks of Patty Griffin’s dynamic voice, Bonnie Raitt’s smoky aura, and Ben Harper’s unique slide style. She released her debut EP, "Between the Creek and the Tracks" in 2014, for which she earned a Washington Area Music Association nomination for Best Roots Rock Vocalist. Her musical compositions find their ground in the tried and true sounds of Americana, but their strength lies in how they go beyond tradition into innovative melodies, structures and arrangements that define their originality. Lyrically, Calve's concerns also go into interesting, personal territory, as she uses memorable imagery and meter to write about complex issues too little found in popular music, such as the contemplation of nature and its connection to spirituality, feminist responses to traditional conceptions of gender roles, and the importance of political consciousness in a democracy. She has become a mainstay at prominent local and regional venues, and is honored to have opened for artists like Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies, Charlie Worsham and Wade Bowen. In addition to her solo material, which she performs intimately by herself, with an accompanying guitarist, or with a rocking full band, she is also a member of D.C.’s exciting new Americana “super group” Run Come See. On the basis of her collaboration on original songs with the two other founding members of that band, Run Come See released their debut album in March 2017 to the praise of the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Listen Local First and Brightest Young Things. Building on the vibrant blend of blues, country and rock that continues to shape Calve’s musical vision, she is back in the studio finishing “Light Dark", her sophomore solo record to be released on March 9, 2018 at the Black Cat in Washington, DC.