Lauren Shera, David Ramirez
186 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors 6:30PM / Show 7:00PM (event ends at 9:30 pm)
This event is 21 and over
Music has played an integral part in Lauren Shera's life from the very beginning. The New York native grew up surrounded by an eclectic range of performers. When she was 13, her family relocated to northern California at the same time that she picked up the guitar.
Shera swiftly developed a reputation in the folk-indie world, joining the ranks of such artists as Jessica Lea Mayfield, Iron & Wine and Gillian Welch, and earning titles such as "Princess of Power" and "Folk music's new royalty."
In 2008, she studied at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, where she expanded her knowledge of traditional folk music and honed her skills as a singer and a musician while adding ukulele and clawhammer banjo to her arsenal.
Her original songs and soulful voice combine to make a sound that is equal parts powerful and melancholy; she weaves her opulent sound together with the performances of various instruments, including the mandolin, violins, cello, banjo and more. Her personal experiences with grief and emotion translate effortlessly into stunning musical arrangements, haunting melodies and honest lyrics.
"Every generation or two, a voice comes along that redefines what you thought you knew about music and touches you deep down in your soul…" said Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead about Shera. "Her voice is going to define the next generation of folk music."
Shera's most recent project "Once I Was A Bird," re-tells the stories of her hard-learned lessons with heartbreaking transparency, while imparting solace and wisdom to the listener. The album's lush sounds and beautiful temperament are complimented with guest performances by Abigail Washburn, and Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses).
"It's important to me that people are able to relate to [the album]," said Shera. "and take out of it a shared experience that everyone has been through in some form or another."
Shera has shared the stage with such artists as Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Phil Lesh, Shawn Colvin, Billy Bragg, Nanci Griffith, Kristin Hersh, Joan Osborne and Abigail Washburn. She's also making her mark on the festival circuit, making appearances at Bonnaroo, the High Sierra Music Festival, Sausalito Music and Arts Festival, Monterey Music Summit and South by Southwest. When she was 18-years-old she was also invited to perform at the Bob Dylan Tribute Concert at New York City's Avery Fisher Hall.
He’s been writing and performing for over 10 years. From his teen years swapping songs with friends in Houston to the struggles of making a name for himself in Nashville, David’s songwriting journey has spanned multiple EP’s and a full-length, American Soil which garnered over 1,200 downloads in a 48-hr. period on Noisetrade. In 2010, David played 150 shows on numerous, independently booked tours. Feeling truly at home on the road, he calls his second home Austin, Texas. It's here where he wrote and recorded his latest release, Strangetown EP.
The songs, with their heart-yearning lyrics and sparse musical backdrop, tells things as he sees them: honest, unfiltered and true. "Wandering Man" is a revved up, foot-stomper that would make Johnny Cash proud and turn even the most fickle listener into a true believer. "Shoeboxes" and "Argue With Heaven" find David coming to terms with life's ups and downs and the reality of lost loves and broken hearts. "I Think I Like You" hits your ears like a whispered secret and the title track, "Strange Town" weaves a memorable, melancholy lyric with an infectious, heart-pulsing beat.
David Ramirez knows no luxury. He wants no satisfaction. All he needs is an acoustic guitar and the words in his mouth to tell the true stories of a wandering man. But to see him live, with only that acoustic guitar in hand, spitting those words into rings of fire, is to experience something real...something that cannot be reproduced.
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