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About Erin Bode
In the decade-plus since Erin Bode began her professional recording career, she has garnered much critical praise for her pure voice, perfect pitch, and impressive phrasing and style. It is this talent, coupled with her reluctance to accept classification as a purely jazz vocalist that has led to reviews hailing her as “someone you won’t forget” and comparing her sound to the likes of Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, and Karrin Allyson.
A Minnesota native, Bode was first introduced to music by her father, a Lutheran minister, who emphasized music in daily life and encouraged her to join the church choir. She studied music as well as foreign languages at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities and graduated from Webster University in St. Louis. It is at Webster where Erin studied vocal jazz with Christine Hitt who helped to launch her career as a vocalist.
Shortly after graduating college in 2001, Bode produced her first record, Requests. The album was successful in gaining Bode local attention and secured her a recording contract with St. Louis jazz label Maxjazz. Bode has also gained exposure through appearances on various programs including CBS’s Second Cup Café, Fox News’ Fox and Friends, and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
To date, Bode and her band have released eight albums and toured the United States, as well overseas to Italy, Japan, and South Africa. The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ Midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound.
While Bode got her start singing standard jazz, her recent projects have been decidedly more pop-based. 2008’s Little Garden and 2010’s Photograph feature all original material by Bode, and showcase her love of poetry with songs that are rich in harmonic and timbral texture.
Bode's latest release, Here and Now is a collection of songs by the master songwriters of the Great American Songbook, replete with clever melodies and witty lyrics.
Concert to Benefit North County Big Band
Led by Harvey Lockhart of Riverview Gardens High School and supported through Sheldon Arts Foundation Board, this collaborative big band is made up of 20 of the most talented and dedicated students from several St. Louis area high schools, including Riverview Gardens, Normandy, Central Visual and Performing Arts, Hazelwood and University City.
This year marks their third season of rehearsals and performances, with coaching provided by leading educators and musicians including Lockhart, Thomas Moore of Normandy Middle School, Delano Redman of East St. Louis Senior High, and jazz pianist Peter Martin.
Made possible by World Wide Technology, Inc., The Steward Family Foundation, DM3 Fund, David and Barbara Gifford, and many other generous donors.
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Travis Linville - June 2018
It’s a quiet confidence, an air of authority limited to only the most studied artists, a commanding irreverence woven with a thread of vulnerability. There’s something inexplicably authentic about Oklahoma’s Travis Linville, and it’s carried him from dive bars and classrooms to “The Tonight Show” and esteemed theaters and festivals across the globe.
Linville is legendary regionally for his work in the now-defunct Burtschi Brothers and for his behind-the-scenes influence—including producing John Fullbright’s first album and teaching guitar lessons to a then nine-year-old Parker Millsap. The “Oklahoma Gazette” rightly called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent: a mentor and contemporary for other Oklahoma acts like Fullbright, Millsap, Turnpike Troubadours and John Moreland.
His acclaimed solo releases include 2012’s “Sun or Moon” and 2014’s “Out on the Wire” EP, called “rich, soulful and beautiful” by Jimmy LaFave. A live audition of a track from the latter even netted him a role in a William H. Macy film, in which he performed the song.
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Concert to Benefit Craft Alliance
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is a non-profit art center in St. Louis, Missouri, working to reveal the power of craft through bold programming that uncovers craft’s unique qualities, its evolving role, and its full potential for innovation. Craft (the making of objects in woods, metals, fibers, glass, and clay) is both an ancient tradition and a site for innovation, adapting to new materials and responding to the ever-changing human experience.
Nationally recognized as one of the premier craft organizations in the country, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is the only organization of its kind in the region solely dedicated to contemporary craft. Craft Alliance began as a cooperative gallery in 1964. Since then, Craft Alliance has grown exponentially, with a primary location in the popular Delmar Loop district and a second location in the Grand Center arts district. Craft Alliance offers exhibitions, classes in craft techniques, artist residencies, free community programs, and a gallery shop. With an annual budget of $1.8 million, Craft Alliance has grown to serve 50,000+ people each year—a large and diverse audience, residents of the greater St. Louis metropolitan region, including professional artists and craftspeople, art collectors, families/kids, students from disadvantaged schools, and adult students.
Lindi Ortega - February 2018
When Lindi Ortega went in search of some quiet last year, the award-winning artist was pleasantly surprised to find a voice she hadn’t heard in some time – her own. Amid sparse, atmospheric production, it’s precisely this voice – a combination of Ortega’s fatalistic perspective expressed with her evocative soprano – that grips your attention on a brand new EP, Til The Goin’ Gets Gone.
A dogged resilience permeates this unadorned collection – three originals and a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Waiting ‘Round To Die.” The songs are the hard-won spoils of an internal war with words that struck after an extended stretch of touring, addressed in the EP’s title track about the detours and ditches that a traveling musician faces.
“What A Girl’s Gotta Do,” a song that is the silver lining of an otherwise dreadful date, explores the gritty pragmatism of making ends meet. Alongside the title track, this song offers a second metaphor about artistic life that strengthens the EP’s overall sense of resolve. Ortega’s somber rendition of “Waiting ‘Round to Die,” acknowledges a personal debt – her recent discovery of the legendary songwriter’s music is what finally cured her writer’s block. The closer, “Final Bow,” came when Ortega assumed she only had one song left in her. “I thought I had to quit music but I wanted to leave gracefully,” she says. “But then I decided to get up and sing some more.” As a whole, this statement captures the essence of Ortega’s new EP – it’s about dusting off, gutting it out, stepping up for another round.
Ortega recorded Til The Goin’ Gets Gone in a converted East Nashville manor, where therapy horses linger on the property. Recording with her longtime guitarist James Robertson, Ortega co-produced the set with Jay Tooke and Jason “Rowdy” Cope. The small production team and minimalist instrumentation make an intimate, immediate setting for Ortega’s stark vision of the human condition. Although classic country is an indelible part of her musical history, the EP also sets the tone for the next chapter of her career: “I'll always love Loretta, Dolly and Patsy. But I just want more space. I want more ambience.”
Ortega’s guitar-playing chops and innate country music instincts put her in an elite group of artists; she has earned an unusually inclusive type of success with both indie cred and mainstream country recognition. From supporting Carrie Underwood on the CMA Awards to her opening slot on Chris Stapleton’s upcoming Canadian arena tour, Ortega is a sought-after and unique personality in Nashville’s music community and beyond.
Shannon McNally - September 2017
Shannon McNally's critically-acclaimed new album, Black Irish, has been entrenched on the Americana Airplay charts this summer, but classifying her music simply as "Americana" does not do it justice.
Rooted in blues and blues-rock with plenty of gospel, soul, R&B and folk and jazz, McNally's music defies simple labels.
She's a wise poet, a soulful singer, mean guitar-player and great story-teller.
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
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Peter Case - August 2017
A founding member of the Nerves and leader of the Plimsouls, Peter Case is among the most respected singer/songwriters of his, or any, generation.
If you're looking for some evidence, read liner notes from A Case for Case -- a three CD set featuring 47 artists who cover Peter's songs. All who sing his songs, sing his praises, including Dave Alvin, John Prine, Joe Ely, Kim Richey, James McMurtry, and Steve Wynn.
The AllMusic.com review of that album says Peter has "inexplicably remained under the radar despite the consistently high quality of his songs."
Before you assume he's one of those songwriters who can't do justice to his own songs, check out the videos on this page. Peter is an outstanding guitarist and singer.
That's why he's long been on our radar. When we launched (ware)HOUSE concerts, we included Peter among the first wave of artists we invtied. We're thrilled that he'll be joining us on August 19 after he spends a few days riding the rails and performing with Dave Alvin and others on the Roots on the Rails (New Orleans to Chicago, August 16-18) tour.
May 26, 2017
What a way to launch (ware)HOUSE Concerts!
The Grahams, from Nashville, rocked the (ware)HOUSE on a warm spring night. Foot-stomping Americana. Tear-jerking ballads. Songs inspired by railroads, the Mississippi River and Route 66. The Grahams delivered a (nearly) two-hour set that left the (ware)HOUSE crowd standing and cheering for more.
About the Grahams
Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was seven and he was nine, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who've married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors.
Concert to Benefit