Celebrating Women's History Month with
Johanna Samuels, Sofia Wolfson
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042
This event is 18 and over
Los Angeles native, Olivia Kaplan, first picked up a guitar at twelve and taught herself Cat Stevens' The First Cut is the Deepest...only, it was definitely the Sheryl Crow version. While one may hear influences of that first Sheryl cover, Kaplan’s melancholic and open-hearted music aligns her more naturally with songwriters like Amy Mann and Cat Power. Kaplan is a keen emotional note-take and her songs are thoughtful responses to relationships made or observed, and human situations to which she’s borne witness. Her grounded vocals combined with a minimalist approach to instrumentation embody a desolate closeness, capturing the desperation that comes with attempts at modern empathy.
She has just released her sophomore EP, 'At the Seams' in January of 2018 that is available on streaming services and iTunes for purchase.
"Her pleading alto and the sophisticated instrumentation supporting it are burnished to a gleam, so deeply satisfying that it’s easy to forget she’s singing from—and about—a place of pain. Each of the six tracks feels connected. They’re diary entries from a singular mind trying to keep itself from sinking into dark water, falling to pieces in a bed, and quietly succumbing to the anguish of being ignored. " -LA Record on 'At the Seams'
Indie-songstress Johanna Samuels is a breath of fresh air. She revives the singer-songwriter genre with carefully crafted lyrics and earnest pop-laden choruses. The native New Yorker grew up in Los Angeles, before returning to NY at the age of 18. She spent her time in school singing in school choirs, learning to play the songs of her musical heroes by ear. Naturally, Samuels began writing music of her own in her bedroom. At a time where the burgeoning music scene in Brooklyn was bustling DIY venues merging shows that showcased both well-known indie acts with dozens of undiscovered artists, Samuels was inspired to take her songs to the stage. Soon she was playing sold out shows at Glasslands and Union Pool.
Her sincere performances drew audiences in, making her one of the most promising acts to rise out of the New York indie scene.
In early spring of 2013 she recorded her first full-length album, titled "Double Bind". Produced by Fen Ikner.
Samuels moved back to LA late last year, a sound that is reflected in her latest EP produced by Sean O'Brien "Home and Dry: Told a Lie". The songs on the EP melt thoughtful narratives with sunny arrangements. Samuels enters the latest chapter in her artistry, while earnestly pouring out her heart, soul and creativity in the form of ear candy for us all. The best is yet to come.
Johanna is currently getting ready for her 3rd release later this summer.
Sofia Wolfson is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, currently living in Boston for school. Her musical influences range from Joni Mitchell to Blake Mills, The Band to Fiona Apple, which can be heard in her music. Brought up on 1960s folk and rock, Sofia started playing guitar at 6, writing music at 9, and played her first gig when she was 13. Throughout her high school years at The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Sofia played all around town at venues like The Hi Hat, The Sanctuary Santa Monica, The Lost Room, Genghis Cohen, and more.
Sofia released her first full-length record when she was 16, called Hunker Down. Her latest EP Side Effects, a 3-song release, was produced by Marshall Vore (Ryan Adams, Phoebe Bridgers, Korey Dane) at Vore’s home studio in Pasadena. “Snake Eyes,” “Write It Down,” and “Capsule,” are brought to life by some incredible musicians like Lee Pardini (Dawes), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley), Dylan Day (Corey Harper, Korey Dane), and more.
Sofia will soon be releasing a few music videos, as well as new music.