Music is back at Aster Cafe!
Christian Wheeler + Nina Luna $5
Thursday, September 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Christian Wheeler is a little retro, a little pop, a little avant-garde, and refuses to stay in his lane. He is a producer, singer-songwriter, and studio musician from Minneapolis whose day job as a gun-for-hire guitar slinger feeds back into his original music in unexpected ways. With sparkling hooks, virtuosic guitar work, clever yet vulnerable lyrics, and plenty of ear candy, Wheeler’s music is full of surprises while always feeling nostalgic and familiar.
In 2021, Nina Luna has truly found herself.
After having spent most of her teens and 20s giving everything she had to pursuing a career as an artist and songwriter in the music business, in early 2019 Luna realized she could no longer ignore the feeling that something was missing. She’d had plenty of wins along the way – a degree from NYU, countless glowing reviews on music blogs, album release shows at venues like Soho House, a breakout single with nearly 100k streams featured on a top Spotify playlist. And yet she felt burned out, unsatisfied, and lost, so she decided it was time to do the one unthinkable thing – leave NYC where she’d spent nearly the last 10 years and move back home to Minneapolis, MN to regroup.
The years that followed were eye-opening and cathartic. Inner wounds were witnessed and healed, old identities were discarded, new creative mediums like photography were explored and embraced. Luna continued to quietly create and release new music during this period, including an acoustic 5-song EP recorded in LA during the pandemic, which showcases the artist’s introspective journey and new levels of personal honesty and awareness.
Now Luna is emerging fully from her reflective cocoon, happy and not ashamed to admit it, ready to share this new-found self-love and joy with the world in the form of three new singles to be released this summer. Of the first single “Anything But Love”, written by Nina Luna and produced by Ian Mackley, Luna says, “‘Anything But Love’ is more heavily pop and upbeat than a lot of the music I’ve released recently but when I wrote it this past spring of 2021, it felt very sincere and honest. When I brought it to my producer, we decided to embrace the catchy pop vibe and just go with it and it became this track that to me feels like a perfect post-quarantine, feel-good, summer jam. I think the message that there’s so much value in being open and vulnerable is one the world could use right now”.
The follow-up single “Dawn to Day”, also written by Luna and produced by Mackley, is an ethereal, piano-driven, love-swept triumph that builds on Luna’s already impressive and varied musical catalogue, putting her right at home as an artist with the likes of Maggie Rogers, Florence + the Machine and Taylor Swift.
Luna’s third of the three singles, “Unbound”, is possibly her most honest and emotive yet. Of the recent personal breakthrough that inspired the song, she says, “I realized that the stories I was telling myself and others were keeping me tied to the past and stuck, even though I thought I was trying to move on from old habits and relationships. ‘Unbound’ is about how liberating, but also scary, it can feel to finally let go of all the baggage completely.” Luna’s powerful vocals and inspiring lyrics combined with Mackley’s ethereal production create a glistening pop track that lands squarely in the heart, making it clear that Nina Luna is one to watch in 2021.
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