LAURA JEAN ANDERSON, ALEX MULLINS
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Based in Los Angeles & Nashville with roots in Sweden, Grizfolk is an alternative rock band consisting of Adam Roth, Sebastian Fritze, Fredrik Eriksson, and Bill Delia. Grizfolk released their debut EP, “From The Spark”, in February 2014, followed by their debut full-length studio album, “Waking Up The Giants”, via Virgin Records in January 2016, showcasing their penchant for delivering electronic-tinged folk rock. They spent much of the last five years touring around the world, from headline shows to support slots with Bastille, X Ambassadors, AJR, and more. They’ve also run the festival circuit, including Firefly, Hangout Fest, BottleRock, and Voodoo Fest. In 2018, Grizfolk released the track “Shaky In The Knees”, hinting at a slightly new direction for the band, moving away from some of the electronic elements present on their first two releases and focusing on more organic instrumentation.
Grizfolk started off 2019 with two new songs and an extensive North American tour with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and flor. Those first two tracks of the year, “Spoonful” and “Heavy Crown”, continued the bands musical evolution, incorporating more upright piano and guitar, and less synths. “Spoonful” channels a retro sound to deliver a dark tale of yearning for someone out of reach, while “Heavy Crown” melds a danceable bass line with jangly pianos to create an upbeat track that is sneakily about the tough subject of fighting for what’s right in today’s complicated world.
On April 24th, the band announced that their second full length album, “Rarest of Birds” is set for release via Nettwerk Records on July 19, 2019. Of the album, the band says, “Listening to Rarest of Birds should feel a bit like looking through a kaleidoscope of fleeting moments...a glimpse into our yearning for truth and answers within and without. Written in some of the darkest times, it was a vehicle out of addiction and depression. It was a one-way ticket out of a personal hell, purchased by the heart and paid for with love, light, and dedication.”
Catch them on the road this summer supporting “Rarest of Birds”!
LAURA JEAN ANDERSON
Born one of five kids in Olympia, Washington where grunge was king and liberal hippies thrived, Laura Jean was raised strictly Mormon, a stark dichotomy that inflicts her art to this day with a deep-seated poignancy. By her mid-teens, she began to form her own differing views and music was her first outlet for rebellion a beacon lighting a new murky path, but a path unmistakably true.
First honing her vocal skill in church choirs through childhood, she continued songwriting and performing and eventually decided music was not just a hobby, it was her life and purpose. After a bronchitis ridden audition led to a chance acceptance to California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Laura Jean moved to California to study classical voice. She made her way working odd jobs, busking, and playing live in any capacity a testament to her reverence and embodiment of classic blue-collar musicians of yore (Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, etc) who built careers on painstaking hard work and rooted in all things live.
After a break from school involving farm work in South America, found love and subsequent heartbreak, berry farming in Washington state, and residing in a hippie commune, Laura Jean moved back to L.A. to finish school at CalArts. Since then, she's lived in various artist compounds on L.A.'s east side throwing popup house shows, always surrounded by musicians, always performing. Her recent music has garnered praise from NPR, Salon, Noisey, The Fader, The Line Of Best Fit, and many more. Her debut EP is out now.