Ivywild Music Presents
Josiah Johnson (The Head and The Heart) & Carleigh Aikins
Ark Life, Caroline Smith
1604 S. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80905
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Josiah Johnson (The Head and The Heart)
Josiah Johnson writes and sings songs with his band The Head and The Heart out of Seattle (Sub Pop Records), and Carleigh Aikins sings her songs from a home base of Toronto. Together they are embarking on an intimate songwriter tour of small venues, galleries, and houses this winter. Join us for an evening of the two singing and performing their own music, both solo and with each other.
Carleigh Aikins sings her songs from Toronto and on the road worldwide. Through out her career Aikins has been singing with various acts including Bahamas and Fox Jaws, as well as with Brett Caswell and the Marquee Rose (of which she was member for many years) and Amos the Transparent (live vocalist 2009-2011).
One year old and 120 shows in, garage-soul upstarts Ark Life have toured coast-to-coast, sharing stages with Of Montreal, Gregory Alan Isakov, PHOX, The Moondoggies, The Head & the Heart, Mount Moriah, Ryan Bingham, Ha Ha Tonka, and more. A mile high rock&roll ocean, equal parts mischief and heartthrob, they pull as much inspiration from contemporaries like Heartless Bastards, Elvis Perkins, and Sallie Ford as from the band's enduring loves for CCR, Motown, Tom Petty, and the classic campfire singalong. Ark Life spent late 2013 recording its debut album with producer Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), and will release the full-length in August 2014.
Merging '90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie-rock roots, Caroline Smith's new music has settled comfortably into a new backdrop as she takes a step from girl to woman. Half About Being a Woman is a record about self-acceptance and growing into yourself; it's about going back to the roots of 'feel-good' music. "I wanted to find my way back to the reason why I started playing music in the first place," says Smith. "Over the last year I began to embrace that being a strong, confident, opinionated woman is something to be proud of, not subdued. I have to embrace where my roots are and stay true to who I am: an unabashed fan of 90′s R&B, pop, and neo-soul."
While some might be surprised by the transition, the truth is that Caroline has never stopped evolving. From folky beginnings and an indie rock second album, she has been consistently pushing herself to new heights. With soaring vocals and catchy melodies at the heart of all three albums, Caroline is settling into a sound that feels more like home. "I feel I've finally created something that is a nod to some of my favorite records while being able to use my own voice to illustrate my personal transition into woman hood; That time in a woman's life when her 'fat butt' becomes her 'phat ass'. I wanted to make music to celebrate that and to encourage other women to do the same." This glimpse of an artist in flux was captured perfectly in the PBS documentary on Caroline, My Way Back Home.
The video for "Magazine", created by director/editor Dan Huiting (Bon Iver, The National, Local Natives, Andrew Bird) and DP Ryan Thompson, perfectly captures the the theme of a woman actively embracing her femininity and transcending societal expectations. The album, released by United Interests, was produced by Jake Hanson (guitarist- Mason Jennings, Solid Gold), recorded at Near North Studios by Brett Bullion (Dark Dark Dark, Chris Walla) and mixed by Paul Marino (Mint Condition). It includes contributions from long-time bandmates Jesse Schuster and Arlen Peiffer (Cloud Cult) along with several guest musicians including Mike Lewis (Bon Iver, Andrew Bird). The band will be touring through the fall to support the album – starting with an expected sold-out show at First Avenue in their home town of Minneapolis, MN.