Sunday, June 10th, 2018
The Empty Bottle
$7 (ADV), $10 // 21+Simon JoynerGia MargaretAngela James---------Often called the godfather of the Omaha scene, and a major influence on CONOR OBERST of BRIGHT EYES, SIMON JOYNER has released one challenging song-cycle after another on indie labels since the early 90s. Combining compelling, lyric-driven, story songs, JOYNER has invited comparisons to such songwriting legends as LEONARD COHEN, BOB DYLAN, TOWNES VAN ZANDT and NICK DRAKE. A co-founder of Grapefruit Records and occasional producer, SIMON takes a break from the office and returns to what he knows best, life on the road.Chicago singer-songwriter/producer GIA MARGARET shares the co-headlining slot with Johansing, bringing a fresh dose of heartbreakingly gorgeous songs that she's priming to self-produce and release in the near-future. Though the current incarnations of her music (primarily on her Soundcloud page) resemble bedroom-pop and lo-fi folk songs, MARGARET is looking to expand into new sonic terrirtories. An early-2017 Chicago Tribune feature reveals that, "After picking up a variety of musical styles and instruments — from guitar to piano to synths — she is eager to piece together a sound that is representative of her personal artistic vision." We're excited to witness the eclectic and promising local for the first time here tonight.ANGELA JAMES’ music brings to mind the rich, deep voices of artists like Patsy Cline and Rosanne Cash with the narrative sensibility of more modern female troubadours like Neko Case and Cat Power. Traditional and hip, artful and sometimes avant-garde, her songs suggest a sweet melancholy that aches with both pleasure and pain at the wonder of our shared experience. Joining ANGELA this evening is JORDAN MARTINS (of Quarter Mile Thunder) on pedal steel.