Rock On! Concerts Presents
Anya Marina, Miss Fairchild
17 Holland St (Davis Square)
Somerville, MA, 02144
Doors 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is 21 and over
If you’re going to make soul music — joyful, authentic, modern yet classic soul music — it really helps if that music is allowed to come straight from your soul.
Pebble To A Pearl — the latest radiant gem by the gifted singer-songwriter and performer Nikka Costa — is far and away her most direct and convincing musical statement yet. If this is Costa’s most pleasing album to date — and it clearly is — then it’s exactly because the woman singing to us so powerfully has finally found the creative freedom to first and foremost please herself.
“I’ve never felt so proud of an album,” says Costa who earned rave reviews and devoted fans around the world with her kinetic live performances and distinctively funky albums 2001’s Everybody’s Got Their Something and 2005’s Can’tneverdidnothing. “Obviously, I want people to hear the album and love it,” explains Costa. “But, when it comes down to it, I don’t care because this is a totally unfiltered expression of who I am and what I do.
Pebble To A Pearl is the uplifting sound of an artist unbound following a difficult period with her previous record company — sadly, an all too common story in recent years. “This was a totally different experience and one that felt emancipating,” Costa says. “First, I got out of the old label, which was major. Now I’m just so happy not to be caught up in that big machine that’s breaking down. For a while, it felt like I was on deck of the Titanic, and I was just supposed to play the violin for myself on the ship as it was going down. I know that I was feeling that way — and could tell the people at the company were feeling that too — but no one could admit it. There was bullshit going down all around me, and I was extremely happy to get out of it all. Of course, then I had to figure out what the hell to do. I knew I wanted to make another record, but how?”
Someone wise--and probably now dead--once said that part of being creative was merely "making yourself available" to the muse (whatever mysterious thing that is). For me, that means going for a walk. I walk a lot. While walking, I tend to get hit with ideas which I'll sing into my phone recorder so I won't forget them. This is how I conceive, write, and edit a lot of my songs.
Originally the idea for "Spirit School" came about while on one of my walks in my then-neighborhood of Hollywood. I think I was dragging my feet a little that day--I was blue for some reason. On the walk I came upon a school I'd never seen before. The sun was shining in such a way that the name of the school was obscured, but as I approached it, I read the sign and couldn't believe my eyes: THE SPIRIT SCHOOL. I wondered if this was some actors' conservatory or weird New Age Hollywood ashram, but as I quickened my pace to get a better look at it, I noticed I had misread the sign completely. It was some elementary school with a different name altogether. I sort of chuckled a bit at my mistake and started to come out of the doldrums.
Mysterious Pop/R&B sensation Miss Fairchild is an 8-piece Boston based Show Band that crafts original songs full of singalong hooks, snappy drums, warm, fuzzy synths and horns dipped in 60's Soul. This engaging mélange, a sound that they call "Good Time Music", awes party people throughout the Northeast and beyond, but to understand their distinctiveness, you would need to be stranded on a small i...sland for your entire adolescence.
$15.00 - $20.00
Please note that your advance ticket purchase does not guarantee seating - If you have tix and want a seat, Johnny D's serves dinner and accepts dinner reservations that guarantee seating for the show. Call 617-776-2004. Bar area seating is first come first served and offers full kitchen. See menu and kitchen hours at:
Advance tix sales stop at 6pm day of show, after 6pm tix available at the door Cash Only.
Start Times May Vary and Headliners always go on later than openers and things sometimes change without notice, so it's a good idea to call the venue especially if you are roadtripping!
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