Festival Foods Presents Live on King Street with SHAKEY GRAVES and special guests DAVID RAMIREZ & SEASAW
▸ WHAT: Seven FREE outdoor concerts on Friday nights featuring nationally touring artists.
▸ WHERE: On King Street right in front of the Majestic.
▸ WHEN: Between June – September, 2017. See dates below! Artists will be announced between May 8 – May 15th.
▸ WHY: Because live music, summer, and beer were meant to be together. And more importantly, because we love you, Madison.
Billing himself only as “A Gentleman From Texas,”Shakey Graves‘ monumental rise into the spotlight has always been shrouded in mystery.
The on-stage persona of Austin native Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Shakey Graves began as a private creative outlet. His folky, esoteric bedroom recordings quickly developed a cult following, and he soon began performing live as a one-man band, with a knack for storytelling and an enigmatic stage presence that immediately draws listeners into his strange narrative world.
With the release of his recent album “And The War Came” on Dualtone Records, Shakey Graves has become something much bigger. Now joined on stage by a backing band, Shakey Graves is selling out major venues around the country, has appeared on Conan, Letterman and Seth Myers, taped an episode of Austin City Limits, and recently won the Americana Music Association’s “Emerging Artist of the Year” award.
The life of the traveling songwriter certainly seems romantic. But as David Ramirez notched mile number 260,000 traveled in his 2006 Kia Rio, the novelty began to wear off.
“I’ve learned a lot from being alone and isolated,” says Ramirez, who until recently toured completely by himself, without a band, manager or anyone else for company. “Yes, it’s romantic in a way. But it has also been kind of rough on my head and my heart. After a while it made it difficult to connect with people on a personal level when I got home. In hindsight, I can see that it’s been kind of detrimental. You know, when you travel around alone for months at a time, the world revolves around you. There’s no one else in the equation. Everything was just about me. It’s a selfish way of living. And I’m ready to move on from that.”
It’s taken three years since that realization, but with his new album ‘FABLES,’ out August 28 via Thirty Tigers, Ramirez takes strides towards that personal growth both as a musician and as a man.
Seasaw is Eve Wilczewski and Meg Golz, who are the sea and saw respectively. Fate and a small-town restaurant in Freeport, IL brought them together for the first time in 2010. Seasaw collaborated through four years of long-distance until the summer of 2015, when Eve joined Meg in their current residence of Madison, WI. Seasaw has since grown their powerful and charismatic sound in a way that can only be accomplished when best friends are living and creating within blocks of each other.
Keeping their folk roots in the back of their mind, the eleven songs on Seasaw’s newest album “Too Much of a Good Thing” (out July 22, 2016) venture head-first into the pop and indie-rock realm. The duo has transformed into a combination of commanding instrumentation, intricate harmonies, and refreshing wit that is uniquely Seasaw. Using the metaphor of a sunburn, “Too Much of a Good Thing” is an exploration of metamorphosis – each song a new stage, insight, and conversation about the shared experience of any relationship. The album listens much like a mix-tape; all of the songs complimenting one another while elaborating further on the thesis of change. As a listener, you relate to the peaks and valleys of human interaction; the elation (suntan), the pain (sunburn), and finally, an acceptance (new skin).
Seasaw has had the honor of performing alongside: Lissie, Paleface, Run River North, You Won’t, Caroline Smith, Sonntag (formerly of Phox), We Are The Willows and many others.
RSVP to our other six Live on King Street events below to be the first to know:
Live On King Street #2 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band – 7/14
Live On King Street #3 – Brother Ali – 7/28
Live On King Street #4 – Shakey Graves – 8/4
Live On King Street #5 – The New Pornographers – 8/18
Live On King Street #6 – Strand of Oaks – 9/15
Live On King Street #7 – 10 Year Anniversary – Against Me! – 9/29
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