Jan 9, 8:00 PM
Evening Star Cafe, 2000 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, Virginia 22301
Limerick (Ireland) Native Siobhán O’Brien relocated to the DC metro area in May 2016. Within 5 weeks she had secured an opening slot (for Nick Lowe) at the famed Birchmere Music Hall and had been selected as a NERFA Folk -DJ Showcase Artist by DC Radio Icon Mary Cliff. Other career highlights include being invited on stage by Bob Dylan (after an impromptu street audition earlier that day), and performing as a guest vocalist for The Chieftains at Boston Symphony Hall. Siobhán’s solo work incorporates traditions of American song including folk, blues, rock, country and some Irish traditional music. Siobhán is a fourth generation musician and is the niece of Brendan Bowyer (The Royal Showband) as well as the great granddaughter of Albert Bowyer and Olive Westwood of the Bowyer/Westwood opera Company of Blackpool, England.
The Capitol Groove Collective, made up of various contributors from Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia, just released their first collaborative effort in response to a climate of political upheaval, disagreements on basic human rights, police brutality, and a pandemic in the hopes that music will continue to be effective in delivering a message of hope and strength for the people.
Ian Abel (pronounced “able”) is the queer fantasy lovechild of an East Village comic book nerd with a heart of gold. He was brought up in the East Village of NYC, raised on a steady diet of R&B, soul, and alternative rock. As an effeminate little 4th grader, he grooved to Destiny’s Child, bopped to the Spice Girls, and plumbed the depths of angst with Alanis. For well over a decade, Ian has been an artist and performer. He has performed around the world and with greats like Nile Rodgers, Jimmy Fallon, and the SNL band. He has sung onstage at Carnegie Hall, on Chinese national television, and in festivals in Sun Valley, New York, and Edinburgh.
In his newest track he sings about getting over his ex in a tender, uplifting, and powerfully driving ballad “Mirror Mirror,” released today. The confessional, pining track came from an experience Abel had years after his first big breakup while sifting through old emails.
Painting in broad strokes of lush guitars, bright melodies, cinematic and intimate lyrics, and shimmering rhythms, the Virginia duo—Nathan Towles and Cole Young —often pose and ponder a key question during the creative process… “What’s the location?” asks Nathan. “Songs always bring me to a very specific place. So, we try to put listeners in a physical space. Their ears inform where their imaginations go. Maybe you’re cruising on the freeway or walking around during the blue hour. There’s introspection, but it’s communal.”