w/guest Sara Jackson-Holman
- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Friday, October 4, 2013
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- 21 and over
About Star Anna
Star Anna is a singer-songwriter from a dusty old wind-swept rodeo town in the middle of Washington State called Ellensburg. It was there that Star first began playing music, first as a drummer in a punk rock band, and where she later found her true calling with her voice, words, and her acoustic guitar. Star writes music that comes from the heart, from hard and sometimes dark places, that grabs hold and burns like a snake bite. Once she established herself with her band, the group brought forward a truly unique brand of country-tinged lonesome rock and roll.
Star and her phenomenal band, The Laughing Dogs (Justin Davis, guitar; Frank Johnson, bass; Travis Yost, drums), have been traveling hard and spreading joy to crowds all over the western United States for a little over three years now. They are regularly referred to with some variation of The Next Big Thing (explicitly on the cover of the Jan 2009 issue of Seattle Sound Magazine) and are eager to let each new audience learn why. The shows are intense and powerful, the songs deep and true, the band is hot and Star?s voice will break your heart.
Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs released their most recent album ?The Only Thing That Matters? in April, 2009 and have since garnered international critical acclaim. As KEXP programming director Don Yeats writes: "Ellensburg?s Star Anna debuted last year with Crooked Path, a promising album of rootsy alt-country, and while the roots influence is still there on her 2nd album, Star and her band have cranked up the electricity, giving her emotionally scarred songs an additional rock ?n? roll punch. Her throaty, aching vocals sound better than ever, and the band earns their co-billing with tight, tough-sounding accompaniment. Crooked Path was a great beginning, but this one packs a mightier wallop."
About w/guest Sara Jackson-Holman
Sara Jackson-Holman, a Portland native, was raised in the quiet town of Bend, Oregon. Her voice is smoky and warm, she sings of the things that fill her head: dreams, the sea, sky, and trees, belonging, loneliness, and love, longing, forgetting, and remembering. Her songs are haunted by the unexpected fusion of the classically influenced piano, wistful strings, strange harmonies, and pop bent.
She fell in love with music at exactly the moment her seven-year-old fingers touched the keys of her family's tired and old spinet piano, and was inspired by composers such as Chopin, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Soler, Schumann, and Bach, and their passion and ability to connect with their audience generation after generation. Performing at countless recitals and competitions, she became a fine classical pianist. From an early age, Jackson-Holman was also in love with reading, beautiful words, good literature, metaphors, and poetry. And ever since she could speak, she loved to sing. In the March of 2008, she began to reconcile her love of piano, poetry, singing, and pop music, and became fascinated with this medium of communication that so happily married her favorite passions.
"Her mesmerizing vocal performance on this record is simply quite stunning. Watch out for this one, she's got true talent waiting to conquer." - Frantikmag.com
"Her voice just wraps around the tempo of song and portrays a picture in your mind as to what the song's lyrics mean. Sara Jackson-Holman could be the next face of modern pop music. Her sound can be described as Lady Gaga simplified." - The Connecticut Record-Journal
"Think of Jackson-Holman as a youthful mash-up of Fiona Apple, Norah Jones and Neko Case. The music is a miasma of symphonic compositions, cabaret and alt-pop. When You Dream is truly enticing and memorable." Entertainment Realm
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