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Show Review // Katie Herzig & Amy Stroup

17 Apr

Hey there everyone! I went to a wonderful show last weekend. I’ve gone to a couple shows since arriving in Portland (It’s not a myth you guys. Portland is real. And it’s just like Portlandia) but I haven’t had much time to update the blog. I’m going to change that though. So many cool and exciting music things happening right now. ANYWAY… The show was at a super cool place right on Burnside, Doug Fir Lounge. Just an eight minute bike ride from home, it was extremely convenient to get to. It is a super rad underground (literally) venue that hosts a variety of live performances almost every night. The walls have tree rings and it feels like you are sipping your drink whilst listening/watching to music IN a tree (Doug Fir, get it?).


Singer/Songwriter Amy Stroup opened the show with a rocking tune complete with heys and catchy ohhs. ‘Finally Found Our Way’ is also the first track on her new record entitled Tunnel. As I write this, I am listening to it. Honestly, Tunnel and Ingrid Michaelson’s new record Lights Out have been on repeat for a few days. I had not listened to her stuff before the show and it was a pleasant surprise. Such a talent. Her sweet voice packed the ballads with an emotional punch. Don’t let that fool you though. She brings her rock songs to life. dancing. guitar shredding and dancing. Also, throwing a copy of Tunnel, recorded on tape, into the crowd. She was great. She is one of the sweetest humans. If you enjoy people like Katie Costello, Lelia Broussard, or Bess Rogers, you will enjoy Amy’s tunes. Also, she is Sugar of the band Sugar & The Hi Lows.























Katie Herzig was such a treat. This was my first time seeing her live. Her new record, Walk Through Walls, was released last Tuesday. She played a bunch of new songs from the record while also throwing in a few of her staple oldies. It  was a great show. Katie  has a very unique and interesting sound. It’s really hard to explain what it sounds like – pop,electronic,dancable, beautiful… Her set was a big party on stage! She had a stellar band that included drums, synths, guitar, keyboard, and CELLO! I’m a sucker for strings.She has such a power to her voice. When she sang ‘Forgiveness’, it was awe-inspiring. Katie Herzig has talent emanating from her entire being. It was such a wonderful experience to see/hear the brand new tunes performed and she was very grateful and excited to share them with us. ‘Hey Na Na’ had the audience laughing and dancing along. Everyone sang along to ‘Lost And Found’ and it was one of the coolest moment. I am so glad I got to see Katie. She has been playing in my ears forever and it was cool to see her perform. Despite my awkwardness when she signed my CD for me, I had one of the greatest night. Ever.











The VIP of the night goes to Jordan Hamlin. She is a crazy talented human playing in Katie Herzig’s touring band. She also plays with Vienna Teng and that is when I first witnessed her greatness. She is a jack-of-all trades instrument-wise. Electronic drum pad. Synth. Vocals. Clarinet. French Horn. Guitar. She played them all. She is a total rock star. She is this former marching band nerd’s hero.













Both Katie and Amy had new records released recently. You can grab copies of the on iTunes / Amazon or go to your local music selling establishment.


Show Review // Sara Bareilles: I Just Want You

13 May

Hey readers! (or well… Anna & maybe 5 other people if I’m lucky. haha)

Sara Bareilles is in the middle of her Brave Enough Tour. She is traveling the country (and Canada) playing solo- just her, some guitars, a ukulele, a piano, and a harmonium  It’s been a great treat for everyone who can make it out to a show. This is not really a show review… but rather, a ‘new’ song introduction. When she was in Boston, Sara played one of my favorites of her unreleased tracks. It’s beautiful, and I thought I would share it with you. I’m sorry the video quality is terrible; I was zoomed in. The audio is great though!






Show Review: Brenden James/Lelia Broussard/Brian Jarvis

29 Aug

Hello internet, Lizzy here…
last weekend, I attended a show in Boston. I went to the Red Room @ Cafe 939, a small intimate venue run by Berklee College of Music. One of my favorite artists( well… person in general) was playing that night- the lovely Miss Lelia Broussard!

I found out Lelia would be playing in Boston weeks before hand, and I was anxiously counting down the days. I was texting a countdown to Anna because we love her equally as much. A week before the show, Cafe 939 contacted me after seeing one of my street teaming videos for lelia. They wanted to know if I was willing to make another one to promote the upcoming show. Of course I said yes. I grabbed my awkward self, an awesome camera person, and made some fliers with Lelia’s face on them. Here is the video of that awesome day!

Anyway, that night, I got to the venue a little late unfortunately. Usually I am up front, but I was more towards the middle. Even though I was farther than usual, I could still squeeze my way through to get a good view (oh, the trials of being a shorty… not that kind you guys).

Brian Jarvis performed first. He was pretty great! Funny, super talented, and the harmonies between him and his percussionist were rockin’!

Then, lelia went on. Seeing her up there made me so excited! I love listening to her play. It was a mellower set because she did not have a full band with her. Instead, it was just Lelia, her guitar, and her beautiful voice. The first time I saw her, she was with her band, so it was a change… but I loved it.

She opened with ‘Masqurade’ , the song that her most recent album was titled after. She threw in some other gems off of Masqurade (like ‘Satellite’ and ‘Shoot For the Moon’). She has such a great energy when she plays. You can tell she is having the time of her life up there. After a few of those, she played a new song. She said she was going to play a request. i remembered that I had requested ‘Something True’ a couple days ago via twitter. Lelia stated to sing ‘Something True’… acappella. HOLY WOW. I’ve always been impressed by her voice… but listening/watching her belt out the beginning to ‘Something True’ was amazing. She has so much power behind her voice… something that you can’t really tell on her studio recordings. She is such a talent. After ‘Something True’, she lightened the mood with a pop medley- it included ‘Say My Name’, ‘Ignition Remix’, and even ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry! Lelia closed the show with ‘My Heart’s a Cannonball’. She had so much fun with the song. The audience sang along—it was a great experience.

Brendan James was the headliner. Most of the people in the audience were there to see him. I had never heard of him before the show, but Iwish I had. He played with a piano-driven rock feel. He put on a real fun show. There was a lot of energy in his performance & people were dancing. It was a real party!

After the show was over, my friend and I headed over to the merch table to pick up some souvenirs (;

We then got a chance to talk with Lelia for a bit. She is an absolute sweetheart. She told me she loved the video I made. We talked about the show and just chatted. Before I left, I got a picture and she signed my ukulele (: It was great. In addition to talking with Lelia, I recognized the drummer for Brendan. he was, the one and only, Craig Meyer (Craig is a great drummer, and also plays with Rachel Platten, whom I love to pieces). I caught him and we talked for a bit. He wanted to see my uke, we talked about Rachel’s new stuff coming out, (which according to Craig, kicks butt, and is so great), and just chatted. Lelia came over and made silly faces behind his back while we talked. She’s is the greatest. I said a quick hello to Brendan before my friend and I headed out. Lelia caught us before we left, she wanted to say goodbye. We got more hugs, I told her I couldn’t wait to see her on my tv (*hint* the voice on nbc). Overall, it was such a wonderful experience. Live music is basically… what I live for. Being able to watch someone having so much fun onstage, it’s really a great time. I highly recommend anyone to go see Lelia live ( or any artist really…). She was a sweetheart, and such a fun person to talk to.

Rad! Awesome!

here is a video with most of the songs from that night.