Amanda Lee, Anna Vogelzang, Alexe Colbus
201 F St. NE
Washington, DC, 20002
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Born in Towson, MD and raised in the tri-state area of DC, VA, MD, Amanda Lee has minimal experience beyond the east coast realm of life. Her aching and yearning for more is apparent in her music and may just be the drive that takes her to far places.
Though the universal theme in most songs is love, Lee finds it to be the most challenging topic to write about. She finds most of her inspiration
from the toils of trying to understand the void that keeps her in constant searching.
Though one may hear some pop and folk sensibilities in Lee's songs, the "pop" or "folk" category do not quite pinpoint her sound. Her dynamic voice can calm you like lullaby and then lift into a high soar. Her lyrics are simple yet rich with meaning. Whatever genre it is, Lee's sound is soothingly addictive.
With the ambition of wanting to put her music in people's hands, Lee partnered with Pledge Music to campaign the funding of her first EP. With much success, her fans prevailed and thus Lee was able to start recording with Kevin Gutierrez at Assembly Line Studios in Vienna, VA. Lee co-produced the album with Gutierrez and her bass player, Posido Vega. The album was released digitally in April 2011.
"The Wisconsin troubadour has a penchant for playfulness when it comes to her music; however, when she gets serious, few craft a better folk song," praises the Huffington Post. Anna Vogelzang's latest full-length venture, Canary in a Coal Mine, was created through fan-funding. A fully crafted folk-pop album complete with poetic ballads, plucky banjos, shimmering strings and Vogelzang’s warm yet commanding voice, Canary in a Coal Mine has been met with warm reviews since its release in February of 2012.
Wading in with a 9 out of 10 review, Pop Matters praised the “the exquisite lyrical craftsmanship on Canary in a Coal Mine,” which “is matched by Vogelzang’s incredible vocal range, evoking everyone from Regina Spektor to Ani DiFranco, shifting between delicate lilt and evocative howl at will.” Performer Magazine describes the album as “varied and jubilant,” showcasing a “voice that can knock down a listener, clashing from a sweet, nearly conversational tone into a confident country-girl howl.”
Canary In A Coal Mine was recorded with producer James
Frazee (Blondie, Betty Lavette) and features the talents of a wide cast of professional musicians, including Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco), Franz Nicolay (former Hold Steady), Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls), and Emily Hope Price (Pearl & the Beard).
A Boston area native, Vogelzang recently transplanted herself to the Midwest, landing in Madison, WI where she’s embraced the local music community, receiving multiple Madison Area Music Awards and even taking a teaching role at Madison's Girls Rock Camp. The area has proven to be a fruitful home base - the past few years have seen Vogelzang primarily on the road, self-booking tours with a determined approach that has landed her on the same stage as artists including Sarah Bareilles, Laura Gibson, Mirah, Wye Oak, Anais Mitchell, & Amanda Palmer, as well as garnering invitations to the Rocky Mountain Folks, Falcon Ridge, & National Women's Music Festivals' Emerging Stages. Since Canary’s release in February of 2012, Vogelzang has tirelessly toured the U.S, including appearances at this year’s South By Southwest Festival and International Folk Alliance Conference.
Joel Pomerantz of the Songwriters Association of Washington has described singer/songwriter Alexe Colbus as having a “pure, mature voice and clever songwriting skills.” Colbus has had music in her blood since the day she was born. After putting on a show in her cul-de-sac at five years old singing “Big Spender” it was evident the stage was her second home and that she was born to perform.
She flourished in elementary school talent shows, graduated to talent competitions in high school, and quickly became identified as the “girl who sang the National Anthem” at various high school sporting events. Singing the National Anthem also led her to perform at George Mason’s Patriot Center in front of over 6,000 people but Colbus had more to offer than just a voice. At the age of fourteen she started to teach herself the piano and in just two years time she had taught herself enough to start writing songs.
She signed with the independent record label, New Indie Artists, in March of 2006 and since then has performed at local venues such as Jammin’ Java and Bangkok Blues, and in several venues in New York City. She is currently in the studio working on new material for a second album.
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