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RIVER ROOM: Adam Levy with Special Guest Jillian Rae (Folk/Rock) $15 Adv / $18 Cash Door
Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$15
Standing room tickets available for $18 CASH DOOR
PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS BAR SERVICE ONLY – NO FOOD SERVICE. If you would like to join us for dinner, please make reservations in our Cafe prior to the show at 612-379-3138. There is a cover in affect in our Cafe 9pm for the Harbor & Home show and will be applied to your tab should you join us post River Room show.
ADVANCE TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Ticket holders should check in with Will-Call upon arrival. Limited standing room tickets are available at the door for $18 cash. We will not take call-ins for the waitlist – you must be present. We will assess the room capacity after the show begins – ENTRANCE IS NOT GUARANTEED FOR THOSE ON THE WAITLIST.
PARKING: The River Room is adjacent to the Aster Cafe. Parking available in the St. Anthony Falls ramp on 2nd St. & 2nd Ave, with an underground tunnel connected. Meters on and around 2nd St. & 2nd Ave are free after 6pm M-F, and free on the weekends. Meters are Main St. are in affect until 12AM Midnight daily.
In 2012, songwriter Adam Levy lost his son Daniel to suicide after a long struggle with mental illness. The tragedy altered every inch of his and his family’s life. It left Levy creatively incapacitated. He spent much of the following three years sharing his story in public forums with other surviving parents and individuals, as well as trying to make sense of the inexplicable trauma.
Gradually Levy started writing songs again. What came out were songs that expressed the longing and self-examination he’d been experiencing in the wake of his son’s death. The songs didn’t wallow in the unimaginable agony. Rather they dignified Daniel’s suffering and short-lived artistic genius in the visual arts. The music buoyed Levy’s spirit and left him hopeful for others who are suffering.
As Levy was finishing the songs he met Adam Wahlberg, who runs Think Piece Publishing, an imprint devoted to emotional wellness. Wahlberg saw Levy speak at a mental health conference in Minneapolis, and bore witness to the healing that happened when Levy shared his songs and story with other families of suicide. It didn’t take long before Levy and Wahlberg decided to work together to help others going through trauma and grief.
“Hope is the wounded beast that never should be put out of its misery” – This Friend
The record got its name from the closing “Naubinway,” a heartbreaking description of the watery “backwards baptism” burial of his son’s ashes that Adam and his family scattered in a sandy lagoon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula exactly six months after Daniel’s death.
Naubinway is Levy’s most personal work to date. Some might argue that the dystopian sci-fi record 10,000 Years (2003), which was conceptualized and written a few years before 9/11, remains relevant and touches on some of the most important cultural and historical themes of our time, is his most important work. While that Honeydogs record is a musical epic, Naubinway is jaw-droppingly immediate, poignant and speaks from the heart to the universal human experience of death and loss.
“I wish you well: happiness , health and vistas wide-open. And I wish you well: truth, love and beauty, dauntless, intrepid and endlessly hoping” – I Wish You Well
Levy’s palette is largely acoustic on this record. He wanted to rely as much as possible on the strength of his voice and guitar playing to tell the story. His fingerpicking recalls his love of Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, Merle Travis, Big Bill Broonzy, and Nick Drake. But Levy is no museum piece, punctuating the folk music of the past with electronic and experimental textures, as well his signature melodic and chordal twists and turns. Much of the record was recorded in his home with a coterie of new and old musical friends supporting.
Fans of The Honeydogs, his roots pop group now in its 20th year, will find much to like. And those who dug into his And The Professors 2013 collaboration or 10,000 Years/Amygdala era Honeydogs will find similar complex musical movement and sophisticated lyricism.
Between touring and sharing his story in public forums, Levy plans on following up Naubinway with a coffee table book of his son Daniel’s remarkable art, as well as finishing a memoir about Daniel’s life and struggles and the family’s grieving process.
“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we’ll bid you adieu only if we must. A backwards baptism in Lake Michigan, I cradled my baby on his death bed. Sleep my beautiful son in the shallows of Naubinway”
The band’s namesake is its multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter, Jillian Rae. Her creative and dynamic style of violin playing along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment. With the overarching joy she takes in all things musical, it was inevitable that Jillian should form her own band… and not too surprising that it should be in her own name. The only surprise is that we’ve had to wait this long!
Like many of Minnesota’s finest musicians, Jillian Rae grew up in the north, on the Iron Range – an environment as open to country, folk (and yes, polka) as it is to pop, rock and blues. Growing up in a music-loving household, Jillian was hooked early when she began taking violin lessons at age 7. From there, she began to sing, dance, perform, and has been working hard at perfecting her art ever since.
The ultimate reward for her years of musical passion and pursuit, is the ability to give back. After years of study, performing and teaching, Jillian opened a music school, The Music Lab, in 2011 with her pal and fellow musician, Josie Just. Located in Minneapolis’ Nokomis neighborhood, The Music Lab is Jillian’s vehicle for passing on all she has learned – actively teaching voice, violin and viola to youth and adults, with (of course) an emphasis on performance. In 2013, additional space was acquired and The Movement Lab was added, in partnership with Stepheni Hubert – expanding the school’s offerings to include dance and fitness courses for all ages.
Jillian has been a heavy hitter in the Minnesota music scene for years, playing with as many musicians as humanly possible. In the past, she had been known to lend her fiddle chops in the Duluth-based band Two Many Banjos, and also spent some time fronting the local pop country staple, The Killer Hayseeds. Currently, when she isn’t performing with her own band, you can still catch her playing fiddle and singing with a number of bands around town: Corpse Reviver (Early American Folk, Bluegrass), Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings (Folk Revisionist), Brian Just Band (’60’s California Pop), and The Blackberry Brandy Boys (Cosmic Country).