If Noah Beck were a wine, he wouldn't be. He would be that sweet-spot-aged whiskey; connoisseur approved, laymen loved, and honest in a way that waters his audiences parched soul. Modern chamber folk. Jazz and soul inflected Americana. Noah's art is as much shaken awake from his many years of classical training as it is from the bloom of half n'half in coffee, the petrichor that permeates the air, and the goddamned persistent flux of the Human Condition. For Noah, music = church.
Noah's songs are more evocative than demonstrative, more thoughtful than earnest, and more ethereal than storytelling. His music can span a diverse range of subjects from lake cabins and family to the embryonic psychedelic experience. His music is influenced by Patty Griffin, Paul Simon, The Grateful Dead, Bill Frisell, Claude Debussy, and the WuTang clan, among many, many others. Making his coastal Washington debut while doing an artistinresidency, Noah is (very excited/honored to be) joined by violinist/vocalist Sophie Bloch (Shook Twins, Robin Jackson Band), and upright bassist Julio Appling (The Student Loan). Together they help fully realize his songs with swirling harmonies and rocksolid musicianship.
Ara Lee, when pressed, calls herself a singer-songwriter. But the image of a wispy, soft-voiced, guitar strummer that might come to mind couldn’t be farther from what she does. Often dubbed a modern day Eva Cassidy, Lee has gained wide critical acclaim for her ability to captivate audiences with her voice. Call it blues, call it folk, call it gospel, Ara infuses all of her songs with what she is known for: raw, authentic soul. Equally comfortable with stripped down acoustic-driven folk and rhythmic, tribal grooves, Ara Lee’s shows cut straight to the gut. Backed by her band they're nothing short of a full tilt revival. “With a commanding stage presence and powerful voice, Ara Lee captivates the audience, creating an emotionally charged atmosphere and getting the crowd dancing... In order to truly appreciate the lyrical and musical stylings from Ara Lee, you have to see her live.” (William Riddle - National Rock Review).