Lauren Calve released her debut album “Shift” September 1st. She performs at Elkton Music Hall in Elkton, MD on November 17.
Calve’s first album is a folksy contemplation of her life in quarantine. Through the ten tracks on the album, she spends time dissecting her life figuring out what is good and bad about it. She brings the listener through this journey of self-reflection and self-exploration. Calve’s sound is a perfect blend of Sara Evans and early Alanis Morissette.
Sitting down with the album for the first time, all I could picture was that I was in the room with her. She transported us to a cozy environment, poured us both a glass of wine, and told me all about all the things I had missed since the last time we talked. All this to say, this album welcomes you in with open arms. It includes you in her life as if the two of you were old friends. It takes you through her frustration and confusion with herself, her determination to change herself and the way she experiences things, and ends with a love not only coming from herself but from those around her. The songs are all quiet and contemplative, reflecting the time she spent in quarantine working on who she is and who she wants to become. In all, Shift is an uplifting and meditative compilation of self-love.
Throughout the month of October she took the Nashville-produced album on tour with “This Tour Is The Shift.” Now, she is taking the album on tour with Rhett Miller. She will be joining him in Pittsburgh on November 16th, in Elkton, MD on November 17th, and in Montgomery, New York on November 19th. Learn more about Lauren and find information about tour dates on her website.
Percy Sampson, New Orleans born and Virginia bred, is finishing up their time at University of Mary Washington, where they are double majoring in English and Theatre. A passionate writer, they spend most of their free time working on (mostly horror) scripts and short stories.
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Aria Velz is a director, TikToker, and Lesbian Media Enthusiast based in the D.C. area. On November 2nd, she sat down with me to talk about it all, from her latest production at Olney Theatre Center to the things that lead to her little corner on TikTok.
On October 29th, Olney Theatre Center wrapped its run of Prince Gomolvilas’ ‘The Brothers Paranormal.’ The disconcerting, borderline terrifying production was co-directed by Olney’s Senior Associate Artistic Director, Hallie Gordon, and Velz herself. The show was one of the spookiest times I have had in a theatre in quite some time. It was evident that the show was a well researched labor of love.