Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis is a harpist/singer-songwriter from Rochester, New Yorkwho burst onto the scene following her amazing YouTube covers of Sufjan Stevens' Casimir Pulaski Day, which has received over 130,000 hits, and Elliott Smith’s Twilight, which has received close to 75,000 hits. Since releasing her latest EP Fortune Teller in January of this year, Mikaela has showcased at SXSW and toured the East Coast and Midwest with bandmates Alex Coté (drums and percussion) and Cian McCarthy (guitar, sitar, and keys). Refinery 29 describes Mikaela's style as “virtuosic playing with singer-songwriter chops.” Her musical inspirations range from psychedelic rock to classical and jazz and, to date, she has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Indie Rock artists My Brightest Diamond,Jukebox the Ghost, Filligar, and Indians.

BONZIE — the moniker for 18-year-old Chicagoan Nina Ferraro — isn't a traditional confessional singer-songwriter. She's more of an observer and commentator who is drawn to expressing the concerns of her generational cohort (the bond between independence and interdependence, not wanting to be manipulated, view of one's self beyond society) with unwavering honesty, and delivering them with powerful abandon. It's partly for this reason that Ferraro has chosen to release her songs under the moniker Bonzie (an image and word she's long associated with her creative output) as opposed to her own name.

In a 2013 interview with the Chicago Tribune, she explained her decision. "There was something about it that felt egotistical to me, and music was never that sort of pursuit. Bonzie feels a lot better to go under, not only because it's a pseudonym but also because it doesn't subscribe to a language. There isn't a conventional definition of Bonzie, and it's more something where I can become it's meaning."

Ferraro has taken on the role of co-producer and mixer with LA-based Will Golden, teaming up with Tom Biller (Elliott Smith, Fiona Apple) on her debut full length album, Rift Into The Secret Of Things. Songs like "Convert" and "Daniel and the Great Solstice," with their finger-picked acoustic melodies, swell with elegant string arrangements that raise the emotional ante of the songs.

The album's title is inspired by a passage in one of Ferraro's favorite books, Thoreau's Walden. "It's about how to get to the essence, to put aside intellect or logic in order to reach the truth, or whatever the essence of a thing is," Ferraro explains. "Much of this album is shaped underneath that thought. There is a core to this album that ties the songs together. It's subtle but it's there. It's difficult to declare the album any one thing because it varies song to song, but there is a theme. It's my hope that the listener will be able to tap into that." Bonzie is currently recording new music with producer Steve Albini in Chicago.

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Mikaela Davis with Bonzie

Friday, January 17 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Do317 Lounge

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