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Planes On Paper

Planes On Paper

Mar 15th 2018 @ Alberta Street Pub

Portland, OR
I Was There
Thursday, March 15th, 2018
9:00 PM
Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211-4534
8 RSVPs
Barna Howard
Barna Howard was born and raised in a quintessential Midwest town. His youth in Eureka, Missouri was pure Americana – the sort of childhood that inspired E.T.-era Spielberg – baseball cards in his bicycle spokes, flying freely down Main Street and through neighbors’ backyards.

However, much of Barna’s story is not unique to his hometown, and, like most of small town America, Eureka has lost some of that charm over time. Main Street has changed, kids don’t run around quite so carelessly, and in an almost laughably cruel twist, his childhood home was knocked down in favor of a Walmart parking lot.

After high school, Howard moved north to study animation in one cold and windy city and then east for love in another. Years later, he blindly followed two friends to the Northwest, crossing the Rockies for the first time, in search of inspiration, opportunity and a fresh start.

Barna’s self-titled debut chronicled these moves as he struggled with the contrast between his small town upbringing and these big city wanderings. The album was met with critical acclaim and underground success, partly thanks to an opportunely placed song in the hit indie film, Drinking Buddies. One critic even likened him to some “lost genius of the 60’s.”

The songs on Barna Howard’s second album, Quite A Feelin’, ruminate on his relationship with home. Now entrenched in Portland, Oregon, many of the album’s tracks immortalize and reflect on the Eureka he once knew, while others focus on the relationships that define his new home out west. Small town life has long been celebrated in country and folk music, but Barna’s knack for capturing his own deeply personal nostalgia resonates in a rarely universal way.

Planes On Paper
"There has been no shortage of bands that sound like Planes on Paper in the last 10 years of Seattle music, which makes it simultaneously delightful and frustrating when one of them is clearly a full head taller than the others."
- Sean Nelson, The Stranger -

"[...] it’s easy to see why Planes on Paper is starting to attract serious attention on the neo-folkie scene."
-Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times

"Navid Eliot and Jen Borst’s music as Planes on Paper is built around the duo’s talent for crafting layered, meticulous folk songs matched with organic, skillful playing."
-KEXP - Seattle, WA

Planes on Paper expertly maneuvers dual vocals to produce this eerie, serene, beautiful aesthetic. Their acoustic sets are simultaneously mellow and powerful.

-Fallon Schlossman, WNYC - New York

"In a modern age where indie folk groups with male/female harmonies are as common as a Starbucks on every corner, Planes on Paper offer an organic alternative, refreshing in its artistry." - The Revue

“Navid and Jen have a captured magic between them, and the result is a truly beautiful musical partnership.”
- indie-music.com

"This is folk music at the highest level."

Greg Jones, editor - Ear to the Ground Music

Widower
New Jersey native, Seattle staple, and off and on again New Yorker, Kevin Large has been making music under the WIDOWER moniker for over a decade. Large’s lyrically driven songwriting is reminiscent of Petty’s more mellow moments. There’s a cinematic sentiment to these songs, like a car in the rain in a Cameron Crowe film.