The Broadberry Presents
Rebekah Rafferty & The Wakes, Emily Julia Kresky
623 E Main Street
Richmond, VA, 23219
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Shannon LaBrie: War & Peace
Music by Nashville chanteuse Shannon LaBrie defies genre and brings to life insightful stories of a woman who remains true to herself in a life where uncertainty is certain. The Lincoln, NE native instantly became a favorite among music fans and critics alike with her powerful 2016 album War & Peace. With lead singles, "Alcohol," and "It's Political" the independent release reached inside the Top Ten on iTunes, Spotify's US viral chart and Triple A Radio charts. Famed music blogger Bob Lefsetz wrote, “This track affected me. Made me believe like the great singer-songwriters of yore, maybe this woman has something to say. That in this crazy, mixed up, shoot-up world she can illuminate her story and people can relate.”
Tracked live at Nashville’s House of Blues Studio D with producer Tom Michael, War & Peace is an emotionally-charged collection of deep Americana soul that gives voice to the love and loss LaBrie experienced throughout her life.
The title track "War & Peace," is inspired by the unwavering love and commitment she experienced while dealing with a tragedy that continues to shake LaBrie’s heart to this day. “I feel very fortunate that I made it through the past five years.” LaBrie continues to explore love in the stirring rocker “It Took My Whole Life.” The smooth and steady “Crumble” addresses how consuming love can feel, and the soulful “Ain’t Just a Feeling” captures the solace love provides. “There was a time when love was a far-off dream,” she says. “Feeling good, feeling like a woman, feeling beautiful wasn’t something that came easily. ‘Ain’t Just a Feeling’ came from a moment when I was able to step out of the sadness and just be happy.”
LaBrie calls out American politicians in the fiery opener “It’s Political,” while “American Dream,” celebrates feeling thankful to live in a country that offers its citizens a life of endless possibility as a basic human right. Anchoring the soul of the album are the deeply emotional “Alcohol” and "Heaven Crashed Down.” “Alcohol” is a moving ballad about trying to save a loved one from a life of addiction, but in trying, only kills the savior. In “Heaven Crashed Down,” LaBrie gives a visual account of the painful loss of her father to cancer when she was only 13.
Rolling Stone, compares LaBrie, to the great late Jeff Buckley saying “her songs unfold with style and subtlety, coasting over the albums lush arrangements via LaBrie's gorgeous voice. It's as if Jeff Buckley and Norah Jones started a band that went a tiny bit country." CMT says "She's part Tom Petty, part folk goddess, with Dylanesque lyrics."
With over 6 millions streams on Spotify and Apple Music, she has toured over 500 dates. Amongst those she has opened for Gabe Dixon, Phoenix, ZZ Ward, Rayland Baxter, Robert Randolph, The Head and the Heart, The Wild Feathers, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Franti and Valerie June. Her résumé now includes her first album cut, which is the lead single on Robert Randolphs newest album "Got Soul." The album just received a Grammy nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues Album."
Rebekah Rafferty & The Wakes
Emily Julia Kresky
Emily Julia Kresky is a multifaceted songwriter, singer, guitarist and performer who blends styles of retro-blues, American roots and rock. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, she relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia in the winter of 2014 and quickly immersed herself in the local music scene. Performing both as a solo act and with a backing band, she has since performed on many stages throughout Virginia and along the east coast, including Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. She released her debut solo EP, “No Place to Be”, in March, 2018, celebrating its release in New Orleans during the 2018 Jazz & Heritage Festival with two shows at The Howlin’ Wolf Den.
Emily’s music is rooted in a deep pool of inspiration that began with a love of creative writing and expanded to complex songwriting that draws from various genres, decades and playing styles such as rockabilly, Gypsy Jazz and blues-shuffle, to create her authentic and recognizable sound. Her songs embody a whimsical storyteller quality and are rich with luscious layers of bluesy/soulful vocals, catchy melodies and poetic lyrics. She delivers a captivating and infectious performance and continues to engage crowds and gather avid followers. Also dedicated to being an active participant in the local Charlottesville music scene, she organized and hosted Jam Fish Music Festival for three consecutive years, books music acts for The Shebeen Pub and Braai, is a teaching artist for MIMA music, and is the Artist and Community Relations Coordinator for The Front Porch, a roots music school and listening room in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.
$10 ADV, $12 DOS