1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Waker was founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo Chase Bader (vocals, acoustic) and Conor Kelly (electric guitar). The group mashes soul, rock & roll and funk into an eclectic, danceable sound, focusing on songs that aim for the heart, head… and feet.
Originally known as Koa, Waker was christened in late summer 2016 following the addition of drummer Dave Czuba and organist/pianist David Crutcher to the already talented lineup of Ryan Ladd (bass), Alex Mathews (sax) and Ryan McClanahan (percussion). With a name that stems from the line, “Getting close to bedtime, time to wake,” in their song, “Fever,” the intention has always been clear: to “wake people” with their music. In a short amount of time the band has already conquered festival stages at ACL, Hangout, SXSW, Firefly and Wakarusa. They’ve toured with JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Galactic and The Wailers, and recently recorded a session for Audiotree Live.
Since the release of their 2015 EP the band has continued their nonstop regiment of touring and writing. Look for new music in 2017.
Waker is an experience meant to be shared with others.
Over the last ten years, Edens has been drawing on his Appalachian songwriting roots and blending them with the grungy rock and roll sounds that took him in his teenage years. The result is a haunting and fiery mixture that is notoriously hard to pin down/ Allmusic.com classifies Edens as both "Folk-Rock" and "psychedelic-grunge," and No Depression writer Bill Kopp says "[He] could just as easily and accurately be tagged with the singer/songwriter label; He's a gritty troubadour who takes what he needs from each style, blending and bending it to suit the needs of his songs."
Or, as Fred Mills stated in Blurt Magazine "Somewhere up there in the hills of western North Carolina a lot of bodies are buried, and Pierce Edens is the man with the locations. There's no evidence that a cop, D.A. or judge can bring forth, mind you, but he clearly knows something; you can hear it in his twister, tortured vocal bray [...] a soulful-yet-serrated instrument that conveys far more than even its owner might intend."
Now, in his fifth fully independent album, Edens has taken his singular voice back home to his studio in Western North Carolina to bury some more bodies. This album witnesses Edens Stripping down the instrumentation to simply the vocals, percussion, and guitar, alongside his long time band-mate Kevin Reese accompanying with lead guitar, mandolin, and occasional banjo for a handful of genre-bending songs. Stripped Down Gussied Up delivers Edens' signature sound as it should be heard; intimate and atmospheric, glittery, gritty, and raw.