Great Lake Swimmers w. The Wooden Birds & Sharon Van Etten 9.24.09

A super great/ relaxing show happening this coming Thursday (9.24) up at Higher Ground. Feel as though it could mellow me out for the remainder of the month for sure.

In nothing but a good way mind you. Much needed.

Two acts I truly love, with a newer act I’m just finding out more about.

The newest act to me happens to be the headliner for the evening.

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS will be coming through town with support by THE WOODEN BIRDS ( -ex American Analog Set – Andrew Kenny  ) as well as SHARON VAN ETTEN (who was in town back in July with a slew of wonderful performers).

The instrument in question is the singular voice of Tony Dekker, a voice that summons ghosts from times past. It’s a voice that is capable of conveying heartache and comfort all in the space of a single phrase. Though his supporting cast has changed over the years—with the exception of longtime right-hand man Erik Arnesen — Dekker has always encircled him self with sympathetic players who value spacious arrangements that frame his vocals. Over time, the band has evolved from a sparse, delicate and hushed unit into a well-rounded folk rock band, sacrificing none of their original intimacy while upping both the volume and tempos when necessary.

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Andrew Kenny is a native Texan who after nearly six years in Brooklyn, NY has returned to beautiful Austin, TX. He’s best known as the singer/songwriter behind mellow indie favorites the American Analog Set. However, he’s also performed as a guest artist with the Album Leaf, Her Space Holiday, Styrofoam, Ola Podrida, Arthur & Yu, and most recently the Broken Social Scene.

The Wooden Birds also includes Ola Podrida songwriter and David Gordon Green film score composer, David Wingo and vocalist, guitarist, and AmAnSet guest artist, Leslie Sisson, with drummer, Sean Haskins, and guitarist, Matt Pond, rounding out the live line-up.

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Sharon has come through Vermont at least 2 times in the last 2 years that I recall. Both times at The Monkey House and both times with an exquisite cast of characters. First time through was with Noa Babayof out of Israel ( a Tick Tick event) , and just this past July 09 with Kurt Weisman, Glass Ghost & Robert Stillman’s Horses ( Angio hosted).

Her new album is out on Greg Week’s ( Espers) label, Language of Stone.

She’s up 1st for the night, probably about 7:30pm so show up on time!

If you truly truly can’t make it this time, consider checking her out in Montreal on October 20th at Il Motore w. Kyp Malone’s ( TV on The Radio) new solo project Rain Machine.

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doors 7:00 show 7:30


$12 advance | $14 day of show

tickets available here!


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