Whispertown & Friends: Holiday Program

Whispertown & Friends

Please join us Wed. Dec.19th for our 3rd annual Holiday Benefit Program - benefiting the Downtown Women’s Center Downtown Women's Center !! We will be accepting $10 and $20 gift cards to Target Food4Less Ralphs & 99 Cents Only Stores as well as Clean and folded clothing, emergency items, personal hygiene items, household items etc. Please click link for all goods accepted and desired!! Gonna be one for the books...

Jake Bellows

Jake Bellows had quit music. Or so he thought.

After fronting Neva Dinova for more than 15 years which included five full-lengths, a split EP, and countless tours, he packed up his dog and moved from his native Omaha to his girlfriend's hometown of Los Angeles. Two days before he left he recorded 18 demos with musician and engineer Ben Brodin (Before the Toast and Tea, Conor Oberst) at Brodin's insistence. Once in L.A., Bellows got a job installing sliding-glass doors and sold his Les Paul to buy a Datsun pick-up truck.

Though he had no plans to form a new band, he played the occasional solo show, performed with Whispertown, and continued to write songs. In early 2011, an invitation arrived from Omaha's Film Streams Theater for Jake's old friend Ryan Fox (Our Fox, The Good Life), also living on the West Coast, to perform an original live film score. Fox enlisted Bellows and Brodin to collaborate and the trio began to compose and discuss improvisational ideas over long-distance. Since they were all going to be in Omaha and had a long history of playing in each other's bands, Brodin and Fox nudged Bellows into booking studio time to record some of his dormant songs.

Fox and Bellows drove from LA to Omaha that November in a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle that didn't have heat, a speedometer, a fuel gauge, seatbelts, or radio. They made it as far as Lincoln, NE, before the car caught fire at 4 in the morning. The following night they performed the score to The Adventures of Prince Achmed. They entered ARC Studios two days later for a feverish recording session, arranging and writing parts on the fly with an impromptu band including Heath Koontz (Neva Dinova), Todd Fink (The Faint), Whispertown bandmate Morgan Nagler and other old friends. Committing quickly to intuitive arrangements the band recorded 17 tracks in a little more than a week. They worked remotely on the record throughout that winter and spring, adding overdubs in basements and bedrooms across western North America.

The group reunited in Omaha to debut the new songs at a couple of shows one week the following June. Excited to release the new material on their own terms the band put out a preview EP on cassette, Help, at the end of 2012. The new music is underpinned by philosophical conviction and shaped by an interest in physics, cosmology and mythology. Bellows returned to music with a renewed sense of the intrinsic value of art and its ability to express the commonality of human experience. His debut full-length, New Ocean, offers a mix tape of different kinds of songs hanging out on one record – love songs that are not necessarily ballads despite their introspective gauziness, with left turns into drunk-in-the-sun bossa nova and blue-eyed-soul ruptured by fuzz guitar. Bellows believes that songs change the fabric of the universe through the very frequencies they emit. As such, the record attempts to create the world he wants to see instead of reflect the world that is. "Our theory of the beginning of the universe is the big bang – a sound," Bellows said. "What gave birth to the universe is our one tool that we can change the universe with."

American singer-songwriter and musician, born September 18, 1975 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Christian Lee Hutson

Whoever the gallantly self-defeating 24-year-old singer/songwriter is, he's an amalgamation of a long line of Americana tradition, a packed handful of unpleasant days, and his own past musical endeavors, including 2012's EP Will Never Break Up, and his debut LP, The Hell With It.

Now, after a song-a-month release over the course of 2014 comes Hutson's second album Yeah Okay, I Know, a record championed by Americana UK's James McCurry as "...Startlingly good. Like 'year's end list' good." Yeah Okay, I Know captures twelve songs from the rapidly-evolving King of Bummercore, with all his youthful regrets, laments, and apathy worn unabashedly on his sleeve.

Hutson's search for self spills from his records onto the road in a relentless touring schedule across the States and throughout Europe, where the prolific songster's perpetually unveiling new tunes and discovering new ways to take shots at himself. Like Sean Moeller says in Paste Magazine, "He will change you. Go see him tonight."

New York-born singer-songwriter Jenny O. started her career
in Los Angeles, California with her self-produced Home EP.
Songs from this record were licensed for film and television,
commercials for Subaru and Toyota, a video game called
Rocksmith, and earned her tours with artists like Ben Harper,
Leon Russell, and Father John Misty. Soon after, Jenny
released her debut full-length album, Automechanic, and
toured separately with Rodrigo Amarante and MexicanAmerican
psychedelic musician Rodriguez across the U.S. and
Europe. Jenny appeared with her band on Last Call With
Carson Daly twice in 2014 and recorded the theme song for
ABC's Selfie, as well as a Coca-Cola commercial for the 2014
Winter Olympic Games. She spent the past year writing in
Nashville and has returned to California to record her second
album with producer Jonathan Wilson. Jenny is a multiinstrumentalist, performing mainly on guitar but in the studio
often plays bass, piano and her own string arrangements on
viola. She writes songs reminiscent of classic styles of the 60's
and 70's and has been likened to songwriters like Harry
Nilsson, Judee Sill, and J.J. Cale. In 2014 LA Weekly named
her one of The 10 Best Young L.A. Singer-Songwriters and in
2015 she has won the Holly Prize/Song Writers Hall of Fame.

Sharon Silva

Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist

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