Saturday, January 1, 2022

Gabby Holt

Laura Ivancie

Crystal Hotel - Al's Den

6pm - 9pm

$15

21 and over

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About Gabby Holt

Singer-songwriter

Gabby Holt

It is easy to find the Devil in The Star and The Devil, the searing solo debut from Portland rock staple Gabby Holt. Holt explores her past connections in six bristling parts, each of which she wrote while immersed in connections that were, at times, driven by addiction, fear, or insecurity. These emotions come to light in the heavy, yet deliciously catchy sound that Holt has crafted, brimming with her guitar prowess and melodic finesse. As for the Star, Holt’s symbol of healing and rejuvenation, it carries a more nuanced presence on the record, emerging not within the content of the songs but in the process of creation and reflection that the record itself has allowed.

“I look at myself with almost child like eyes, you know.” Holt says of the person she was when she wrote the songs. “That was the Gabby that was learning, that wanted to fix this situation. This was the part of me that was trying her best.” Today, Holt looks back upon the unhealthy relationships that drive The Star and The Devil with newfound perspective, cherishing her experiences from a place of honesty and growth.

“It’s still giving voice to that part of me that was in it. It’s okay to be human…it’s a really human thing to feel that way.”

Gabby Holt was inexplicably drawn to the guitar from a very young age, finding in the instrument a home that she carried with her throughout her childhood and adolescence. She began sneaking into Portland Open Mic nights in high school, and soon immersed herself in the Portland music scene. She played in various bands before meeting Daniel Riddle and joining King Black Acid in 2012, a project which she began co-fronting in 2017. 

The Star and the Devil was produced by Gabby Holt and Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Typhoon, Deertick) and features Joe Mengis (Eels) and Charley McGowan on drums, Sean Tichenor on bass, and Bryan Owens on additional guitar. Before 2020, Gabby Holt and her band played regularly, selling out their most recent Portland shows and opening for Oregon indie veterans Floater. The band is already working on their follow-up to The Star and the Devil.

website:
http://www.gabbyholt.com/

About Laura Ivancie

Electronica, alt-folk and R&B

Laura Ivancie

Laura Ivancie has performed at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon, on the Backwater Blues Cruise along-side revered saxophonist Reggie Houston and Grammy nominated pianist, Janice Scroggins, for three consecutive years (2011 thru 2013).

 

Laura’s original song, “Candy,” (Dance/ Electronica) earned semi-finalist recognition among 18K song submissions in the International Songwriting Competition (2014).

 

She has shared the stage with blues legend Norman Sylvester; world-renowned musicians: Jay “Bird” Koder, Eddie Martinez, Gerald and Thaddeus Turner, Gary Fountain, Darrius Willrich, Ramsey Embick, Tyrone Hendrix and Michael Braun. Laura has opened for the iconic Portland band NU SHOOZ at the Portland Rose Festival and kicked off the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival with her band on Miller South Main Stage (2015).

 

Other notable national acts that Laura has opened for include: An Horse (Late Show with David Letterman, 2009), Ladi6 (Best Female Solo Artist in New Zealand, 2011), Vicci Martinez (NBC Finalist for The Voice, Season 8), David Ryan Harris (Former guitarist for John Mayer), Grammy Award-winning folk rock group, The Indigo Girls, and for Grammy Award-winning Neo soul superstar Bilal (2017).

 

Laura Ivancie was a featured solo acoustic artist at the infamous House of Blues-Las Vegas (2018). To benefit those hit hardest by the pandemic, she most recently performed her new single, “Starlight” on an NBC-affiliated television station (KGW CH8) during the livestream event, “Together We Thrive: A Virtual Fundraiser for Oregonians,” which raised over $30,000 for four local charities (2020).

MySpace page:
http://www.LauraIvancie.com/