The Plastic Arts 07:00 PM
Julia Othmer 08:00 PM
Judah Ledgley 09:00 PM
David Ryan Haris 10:00 PM
Katie Boeck 11:00 PM
"Think of Carrie Underwood with the virtuoso talent of Beyonce and the quiet soulfulness of Adele." With her honest, lyrical poeticism, melodic vocal agility, and heartbreakingly vulnerable live performance, Katie is the perfect combination of roots-y, confessional folk with a contemporary, soulful freshness. Following graduation from UCLA where she gained a loyal fan-base, winning best solo and overall performance 3 years in a row at Spring Sing, the annual concert event drawing over 10,000 attendees, Katie landed a touring gig in an all-female cover band--in India. What she thought would merely be a great way to make her first decent living as a musician, turned into a life-changing, inspiring experience, personally and musically. Conceiving and writing most of the new material on her forthcoming EP while in India, Katie returned home and immediately assembled a band of her own, refining her new sound, and playing venues to rapidly growing audience in New York and LA like Hotel Cafe, Room 5, Bootleg Bar, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Living Room. Katie is, as some have called her, a “revelation”--one of the most honest and exciting female artists to emerge from the LA music scene in recent years.
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Singer/songwriter David Ryan Harris has been challenging mainstream notions of black performers since fronting the Atlanta-based rock group Follow for Now in the late '80s. Once tabbed as the next Living Colour, the band actually drew from an even wider stylistic palette -- everything from Stevie Wonder-style soul to Bad Brains thrash to bluebeat bounce -- but didn't enjoy similar success and broke up after releasing one eponymous album on Chrysalis in 1991. Harris then played a huge role in the success of another black artist bucking pigeonholes: ex-Arrested Development vocalist Dionne Farris, whose 1995 debut, Wild Seed -- Wild Flower, featured Harris' production and guitar work. Harris also served as musical director of Farris' live band before starting his own solo career in 1997, signing to producer Brendan O'Brien's 57 imprint (O'Brien was an old friend who'd produced some Follow for Now demos in his pre-Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine days) at Columbia Records and releasing his first, self-titled solo outing. The album, which featured contributions from O'Brien and Harris on a variety of instruments, was as hard to classify as Harris' previous work and proved as difficult a sell, despite much critical praise. But rather than make a solo follow-up, Harris instead joined forces with former Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt and drummer Kenny Cresswell to form the Brand New Immortals, a power trio that generated substantial buzz with a six-song EP, once again produced by O'Brien, before signing with Elektra. The group released its full-length debut, Tragic Show, in 2001, but once again, commercial success proved elusive. The band believed Elektra hadn't properly promoted the album and in early 2002, Harris announced Brand New Immortals had broken up and that he was returning to solo work.
Judah Ledgley: Born on a farm in rural Canada, singer/songwriter Judah Ledgley got on his bicycle at 21 with two pannier bags and a tent. He rode through Europe and sailed to the Middle East. He now resides in LA and is making his musical debut at WitZend.
Ledgley's repertoire of original works reflects his life's journey, drawing influence from artists like Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Black Sabbath, and Leonard Cohen.
Julia Othmer: Julia Othmer appeared on the 2010 Lilith Fair tour alongside Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Heart, Courtyard Hounds, Ingrid Michaelson and others. Her 2006 album “Oasis Motel” can be found on shows such as "The Lying Game," “Army Wives,” “Party of Five,” and “DeGrassi: The Next Generation.” Her follow-up album is being recorded in Stockholm and Los Angeles and due for release in the fall of 2012.
The Plastic Arts:
"...achingly beautiful..." (Relate Magazine)
"...paints a fantastic portrait...with a poetic flair and gentle humility." (Performer Magazine)
"...lyrically and emotionally potent songs...an accomplished storyteller." (Listen Before You Buy)
The Plastic Arts is the musical efforts of San Francisco Bay Area songwriter, Kyle M. Terrizzi.
His vocals are often compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley and John Mayer, but is musically more often associated with the alt-country style of Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams, the pop sensibilities of David Gray, with a touch of Morrissey melancholia, and the confessional, narrative lyricism of early Counting Crows.
Academy Clonez is the first full length release from The Plastic Arts, as well as the first definitive artistic and musical statement from Kyle M. Terrizzi under that moniker and has received unanimous praise from local and national press.