In their debut record, “Hunger”, Robinson & Rohe’s detailed arrangements and keenly crafted lyrics push at the edges of what Americana and folk music can accomplish. Over the courseof the record, they turn the genre in on itself, pushing past historical nostalgia to pose open-eyed questions about the traditions we inherit and where we might find hope in a country freighted with an inheritance that is both beautiful and troubling. The combined effect of razor-sharp lyric writing and melodies make “Hunger” feel like an urgent message delivered in a patient, studied hand. Throughout, the sounds of guitar, banjo, violin, and bass all work to elevate the duo’s sweeping vocals—at turns muscular and ethereal. There’s a spacious quality to their harmonizing, as they deliver lyrics that feel as vast and rich as the American landscapes they sing about.
Alicia Viani (vocals, guitar) and Mark Karwan (vocals, acoustic bass)
create an intimate, expressive song-writer performance. Drawing on
earlier professional music careers in other mediums (Alicia, classical
oboe and Mark, classical, jazz, and rock bass) their version of folk
weaves in jazz, funk and americana influences with personal and
provocative lyrics. Their authenticity provides a moving and
connecting musical experience, and were once described as "pulling off
making you cry and wanting to dance in the same set." Alicia and Mark
play listening rooms, house concerts, music festivals and private
events regionally in the Northwest and locally in Bend, Oregon.
Two bands perform tonight: Sherri-Anne and Tolan Shaw are touring in a paired-down version of Sister Speak, a nationally and internationally acclaimed band based in San Diego. Sherri-Anne's long time friends Wayne Cameron and Lily McCabe (AKA Swift Pony and owners of Hilltop Music Shop) will be playing an opening set for them and dusting off the musical chops! This will be a fun, creative and inspiring night.
Tickets are only $10
Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30
Erisy Watt is a Nashville-raised folk-soul artist based in Portland OR.Having toured in several countries over the past years alongside guitarist Jeremy Ferrara, Watt’s blend of folk and souloften compared to Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones is enchanting audiences from Germany to Thailand and across the US. Developing her sound in Santa Barbara, CA where she lived for six years, Watt’s music invites listeners to revel in the beauty and freedom of wilder places. Hear Watt’s most recent EP Foolish Things on Spotify, iTunes, and other streaming services now.