Rebecca Gates, Ben Smith, Christie Lenée
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 8:30PM / Show 9:30PM
This event is 21 and over
Rebecca Gates is a US based musician, curator, artist and audio editor. She has released four albums, three as leader of the critically acclaimed group The Spinanes (Sub Pop), toured internationally and appeared as a vocalist on numerous records by artists as wide ranging as The Decemberists, Laetitia Sadier and Willie Nelson. Her record Ruby Series was hailed by Spin Magazine as “warm, thoughtful, and melodically gorgeous.”
"The Float" (Parcematone Presents/12XU) is Gates new record, recorded in five cities over five years and with musicians from A Silver Mt Zion, Califone, Tortoise, and The Jicks : the Consortium.
“Whether folding Memphis R&B into slacker bedroom laments or post-rock abstractions into catchy pop, she nails the ennui of lovesick transitions and physical displacements with a marksman’s aim. And she might just possess the sexiest voice in rock.” – Entertainment Weekly
West Chester songwriter Ben Smith has been writing and performing songs in area bands over the past decade. His first solo album, recorded at Milkboy Studios, has Smith revisiting some of the same literary ground and baroque arrangements admirers have always liked about his work with Wise and Foolish Builders and the more recent Missing Palmer West. This time around Smith is mixing piano and guitar with strings and horns, accordions and choirs. The result sounds both traditional—at home in some front parlor or back barroom—and sophisticated, something overheard echoing down a chamber hall. The new record catalogs a wide index of topics: gangsters and love potions, stones and bayonets, runaways and rumors, and even each of the seven wonders of the world. WXPN’s Bruce Warren is a fan, calling Smith’s music “all good things warm and welcoming.”
Christie Lenee has been capturing a wide audience across the US- many times being seen on stage with Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band) and a stellar cast of musicians including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Jeff Coffin, and Stanley Jordan. Her recent EP "Give and Take In" has been receiving excellent reviews and gaining momentum through various radio stations, touching souls with innovative musicianship and soulfully-inspired lyrics. Christie was selected in 2011 as "Best Guitarist" for the 93.7WSTW Hometown Heroes Awards, and "Best Female Songwriter" for Origivation Magazine's Readers Choice Awards (Philadelphia, PA). Her unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Andy McKee, John Mayer, and Ani Difranco- fusing folky/funky playfulness with pop/rock inspired songs and virtuosic guitar compositions. She is, as Skope Magazine states, "a refreshing burst of unrestrained love and feeling... It’s simply a joy to listen to her spirit break free."
Christie has composed a variety of innovative works- from folk and funk, to pop/rock inspired songs, to choral arrangements and classical orchestrations. Her ability to fuse the multiplicity of styles propels an eruption of harmonic fluidity, delivering profound expressions and a vibrant live performance. Whether performing solo or with a full band, Lenée’s kinetic fingerboard work, alluring voice, and rich lyrics create a mesmerizing experience.
The recently released "Give and Take In" EP, featuring saxophonist Jeff Coffin on the title track, represents a variety of Christie's acoustic and electric band material. This EP also includes the first of three movements from her modern fingerstyle piece "Evolution," which has been played in addition to the song "Before I Go" on WXPN 88.5 (Philadelphia, PA), WSTW 93.7 (Wilmington, DE), WMNF 88.5 (Tampa, FL), and various internet radio stations. The sound on this EP was compared to Dave Matthews Band's "Before These Crowded Streets" while the sixth track, "Smile," was compared to Sir Paul McCartney and The Beatles in a review by Skope Magazine. Christie has been forming a large following in many cities along the eastern seaboard such as Philadelphia, New York City, Annapolis, Roanoke & Floyd, The Outerbanks, and her hometown of Tampa, not to mention many other great cities in the United States.
An upcoming album is currently in production with a substantial amount of touring to follow. Crafted instrumental acoustic pieces, catchy songs, expansive band arrangements, plus special guitar collaborations with Tim Reynolds and Stanley Jordan have garnered increased excitement about the project. Meanwhile the "Give and Take In" EP and raw "Acoustic Sessions" albums are continuing to spread a buzz. She lights up each stage with a radiant presence, driven to spread a positive energy and inspirational message through her music. As Tim Reynolds states, "Christie Lenée is a wonderful spirit making beautiful music on the guitar. She has epic compositions that take one on a journey through time."
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