Jesse Elliott of These United States (full band) —
Jesse Elliott, frontman of These United States, brings the music and energy of that band to Communion with a few local friends. These United States surrender themselves to unbridled rock and roll exuberance: ringing guitars, thundering drums, desperate yearning bordering on hope. By turns larger-than-life and disarmingly intimate, this is folk in the truest sense – a record of the moment, of the cultural and emotional forces that animate everyday existence somewhere down below the headlines. (But never apart from them.) And These United States play it the way folk was meant to be played: hard, fast, big, slow, long, loud, loose, at last unburdened. They play like they mean it. Like there’s never been a better time to be alive. Over the last three years These United States has played 600 shows, released four albums and gained the support of NPR’s All Things Considered, World Cafe, and Mountain Stage, Spin, Paste, Filter, NY Times, Village Voice, Brooklyn Vegan, JamBase, The Onion, Daytrotter, My Old Kentucky Blog, KEXP, KCRW, WXPN, and WFUV. Festival highlights include: Lollapalooza, High Sierra, Pickathon, Glastonbury, Mt. Jam, XPoNential, Joshua Tree, Celebrate Brooklyn, and Forecastle.
Jocie Adams of the Low Anthem (full band) —
"Jocie Adams not only has a new album with The Low Anthem about to hit shelves, but the singer, multi-instrumentalist, and former NASA technician has recorded a solo debut as well, quietly releasing the 11-track effort at an intimate show with the Barr Brothers in Cambridge, MA. Bed of Notions offers plenty of alt-Americana gems for the Low Anthem crowd in addition to more whimsical, cello-backed tales for Joanna Newsom fans like myself, particularly ‘Chastity, Let Down Your Golden Hair’ and a mature rewrite of English nursery rhyme ‘Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary,’ dubbed simply ‘Mary Mary.’" —TwentyFourBit
Anthony da Costa —
Now nearing 20 and a sophomore at Columbia University, in 2009, Anthony was named an MSNBC.com “Top 5 Up-&-Coming Young Singer” and a “WFUV-FM New Artist To Watch”. In 2008, he released two, critically-acclaimed albums and was a Folk Alliance “Emerging Artist of the Year” nominee. In 2007, at 16, he became the youngest winner ever at the Falcon Ridge and Kerrville Folk Festivals. Anthony has played major festivals, including Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Philadelphia and Tonder (Denmark); showcased at SXSW and Tin Pan South; opened for music icons, like Loretta Lynn, Judy Collins, and Dan Bern; and, with one foot in folk, and the other foot loose and wandering into various other genres, released his eighth record in 2009, “Not Afraid of Nothing,” which “has the lyrical quality of a John Prine album” (Twangville). He is currently halfway finished with his latest album, a rock/americana effort recorded in Brooklyn, NY and featuring a slew of wonderful NYC musicians.
Annie & The Beekeepers —
Annie and The Beekeepers formed in Boston’s notoriously brutal December of 2006. The stillness and simplicity of New England’s slow-paced winter resonates in the evolving sound created by the band, now located in Brooklyn, NY.
"Together with her folk- and country-influenced bandmates, Annie and the Beekeepers create symphonic, slow- burning tunes that strike a lovely balance between heavy emotion and light, sparse sound." -Paste Magazine
Doors: 6pm - Show 7pm