Doors at 8:30 p.m., Show at 9 p.m.
$12 at the door
There’s a comforting sense of familiarity in Tim Moxam’s music, like the feeling of a soft summer breeze after the passing of a cold, grey winter. It’s his soulful voice that floats over twangy acoustic guitar; his vivid storytelling of lost love; his breezy, warm atmospheric tones that swell and crash. ??Yet when it comes to conjuring Moxam’s predecessors, contemporaries and influences – no one comes to mind. He exists in a world that deftly explores the space between country-rock and folk, with a talent for carving out memorable melodies in unlikely places. On his debut LP, Soft Summer, Moxam shows he’s a singer-songwriter wholly of his own.
Rachel Ries, hailing from the prairies of middle America, crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted. With an electric guitar and piano; a clear voice and steady hand; she deftly pulls listeners in with disarming candor and holds them there with smart and tender poetry. This Spring Ries released Cardinal; a handcrafted EP of songs written while on residency in Rouen, France. For Rachel, each of the songs is a direction; a key; a red-blooded essential for living – be it bravery, belief in one’s path or the bonds of family and blood. Each Cardinal includes a limited edition linoleum block art print, handmade by Rachel herself. Recorded by the inimitable Jeremy Messersmith in Minneapolis, Cardinal is Rachel’s 2nd handcrafted EP and follows in the wake of Ghost of a Gardener (2014). If you need comparisons, think Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jeff Buckley. If you don’t – just listen.
Suzy Wilde is a versatile singer, songwriter and musician who was born in Toronto and grew up in a very musical family. Her experience writing and arranging for pop, country, folk, jazz and musical theatre has led her to discover her own, personalized brand of songwriting, driven by powerful melodies, catchy guitar riffs and striking, honest lyrics. Influences include Jennifer Castle, Laura Marling, Sarah Harmer and Kathleen Edwards.