Alex Di Leo, Cody Lovaas, Tanya Montana Coe
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Alex Di Leo
Singer-Songwriter Alternative/Indie Rock/Folk Pop from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Every song from Alex Di Leo is an automatic escape from day-to-day life, a retreat into a state of mind that’s more hopeful and carefree and full of possibility. With his soulful vocals and crystalline melodies, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter delivers an impassioned breed of indie-pop that melts away everyday worries and leaves the listener inspired to live more fearlessly.
Given their transportive power, it’s fitting that so many of Di Leo’s songs are sparked by his adventures in visiting new cities all over the country and across the globe. “I’m always most motivated to write when I’m in a place I’ve never been before,” says the 22-year-old artist. “Even just riding on the plane when I’m traveling somewhere new seems to do something to me, and the melodies just start to come together.”
On his recent EP Strange Open Land, Di Leo channels that inspiration into an intricately detailed but hook-heavy sound. The follow-up to his debut EP So We Go—a 2016 release that landed Di Leo on the top 20 at more than 100 college radio stations around the U.S.—the EP also perfectly captures the infectious energy that Di Leo’s shown in sharing stages with such artists as Barns Courtney, lovelytheband, X Ambassadors, and The Academic. Music from Di Leo has been featured in campaign from GoPro & Basil Haden, as well as on MTV’s Teen Moms OG & Ex On The Beach.
Along with creating Strange Open Land, Di Leo has devoted the past two years to playing live, including appearances at major festivals like SXSW, Riptide and a 2018 tour with Arkansas alt-rock band Knox Hamilton. With his live set featuring a five-piece band, each show proves Di Leo’s natural magnetism as a performer. “When we played in Texas last summer, there were people who’d gone to the show the night before and then driven three or four hours to come again the next night, which was so exciting for me,” he notes. Showing his mutual love for the crowd, Di Leo has begun taking Polaroid cameras out on the road, then posing with fans and autographing the photos to create a personalized memento. “I try my best to make every show feel like a big hang between a whole bunch of friends,” he points out. In fact, Di Leo adds, that celebratory spirit infuses all aspects of his musical output. “I try to put a feel-good vibe into everything I do,” he says. “Even when the story I’m telling in a song gets a little dark, I want to help people to feel more positive, and remember that life was meant to be lived.”
2019 Touring includes stops at clubs & SoFar Sounds events across the country, wrapping up with three dates supporting Max Frost in Alex’s home state of Florida.When Alex isn’t on the road, he’s almost always back in the studio, with the desire to constantly create & release music. The most recent single “High” is the first song from a new collection of songs releasing this year.
Indie Pop from San Diego CA
Cody Lovaas is a Californian singer-songwriter and guitarist who grounds his simple and confessional lyrics in soulful vocals, melodic performances, and smooth pop production. Lovaas plays with the boundaries of pop, acoustic, and electronic music, crafting a variant that retains pop’s effortless melodies while exchanging the genre’s cosmetic compositions for sincere and wistful love stories.
Lovaas’s records have premiered on Billboard, Idolator, Culture Collide, Ones to Watch and We Found New Music. In 2017, he released his debut single, “Lie,” which garnered over 5M plays and appeared on Spotify’s Chill Vibes and Pop Chillout playlists. The following year, he dropped “Find,” a single produced with artists Shallou and Kasbo that reached 17M streams as well as “Prove It,” which earned 3M streams and a place on Starbuck’s Coffeehouse playlist. Lovaas’s most recent releases Talk Slow and Finally Fallen gained over 50 playlist placements as well as Apple Song Of The Day. Both songs are from his upcoming EP which will release May 31st.
Lovaas was fourteen and performing at an intimate open mic in his hometown of Carlsbad, CA, when he caught the attention of Jason Mraz, who began to mentor him and develop him as his protégé. Lovaas quickly emerged as an intuitive and prolific songwriter. Throughout his teenage years, he found his way up the coast and into studio sessions in Los Angeles. Today, his writing draws on a youth spent falling in and out of love in a small beach town and demonstrates the restraint and maturity of a seasoned artist.
Tanya Montana Coe
American indie/country singer-songwriter from Nashville TN
Tanya has always been a writer, but she didn’t pick up a guitar until her early 20s. The first song she learned was Neil Young’s Cortez the Killer, followed by some Blues standards and Country classics. As soon as she had the “cowboy chords” down, Tanya was writing her own songs, the first one being the title track of Silver Bullet. Over the course of a few years and several attempts to develop her sound with various producers and co-writers later, she eventually found the right collaborator in Seattle-native songwriter/producer, Shane Tutmarc. With the help of multi-instrumentalist Tutmarc, Tanya was able to flesh out her vision of combining her Country and Blues roots with Ethereal Pop and a touch of R&B. Coe spent six months recording Silver Bullet in the same East Nashville studio where Jack White produced Loretta Lynn’s 2004 Grammy-winning LP, Van Lear Rose.
Silver Bullet found the 28-year old putting a distinctly personal spin on universal themes like love, loss, conflict, family and desire. Silver Bullet is heavy with references to hard lessons learned from an unconventional childhood, relationships gone wrong, and her spiritual journey. Her vocals are breathy and smooth, at times tinged with back-of-the-throat resonance. She is making up for lost time with the honesty and scope of her music, as Tanya recently told the 5280 Roots Review, “my songs are the first and only creative and emotional outlet I’ve ever had so holding back just isn’t an option, these songs are coming out the way they want to come out whether I like it or not.” All in all, it’s an impressive debut (and statement) from a young woman whose chosen to remain true to her own vision for her life, work & art.
Since completing Silver Bullet in late 2014, Tanya has been developing a strong live show, opening for artists such as Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson, as well as, headlining gigs around Nashville and the regional South.
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