6/4/2012 9:01:00 AM Five musical acts take stage at Martini Bar
The Devil Whale
Saturday, June 9 at the Martini Bar, beginning at 5 p.m., three of Sedona's most dedicated songwriters will share the bill with two exciting national touring acts. I
n a musical revue of variety and quality, Brandon Decker, Jake Payne and Adalia Tara will both perform, as will Portland based Ezza Rose and Salt Lake City's The Devil Whale. This is sure to be one of the most exciting outdoor stage events of the summer.
The Devil Whale
"Anyone who has heard the music of Brinton Jones will agree that his songs are literature of the heart. Like a book bound by melody, harmony, and honesty, they unfold before you. Paragraphs become verses and chapters become choruses, leaving room for interpretation and relation. Brinton is as much an author as he is a songwriter."
Salt Lake City's The Devil Whale is the product of collaboration between Jones and long-time friends Jake Fish on bass, Cameron Runyan on drums and Jamie Timm on lead guitar. In 2011 alone, The Devil Whale took the stage over 100 times in 26 states. They were graciously invited to play alongside The Head & The Heart + Thao w/ the Get Down Stay Down to sold out crowds from Louisiana to New York City, Seattle to San Diego and everywhere in between.
As one live review from a recent Seattle set put it, "The Devil Whale played with a fiery passion I hadn't seen them reveal before. Their trembling was not of fear, but of intensity. Dripping with sweat, the guys played without restraint. With every intricate, poetic twist, Brinton delivered his verses with a daring fervor. Cameron heartened each jolting hook with a controlled, aggressive pulse. Jake, much like his finger-work, danced wildly, joining the band's jubilant rhythm. Wren's keys tethered the melodies, keeping them grounded with precisely placed chords and percussive accents. With anthems like "Golden" and "Barracudas," Jamie's solos soared. These memorable performances, as passionate as they were skillful, brought an inspired crowd to a genuine Seattle head bob - a true testament to the glory of rock 'n roll."
Ezza Rose rolled into Portland, Oregon fresh off graduating the American Music and Dance Academy in 2007. Drawing on the traditional folk sounds she absorbed in the small mining town she grew up in and with pipes that critics have dubbed "subtle, yet breathtaking," and a unique style that is a little blues, a little folk, and a little something entirely her own, Rose caught the ears and eyes of anyone who saw her perform.
Inspired by broken hearts, healing hearts, the southern California mountains where she hails from, and yearnings for a simpler time, Ezza Rose seems ready to break out of the Portland music scene. With the launch of her first USA tour in Summer 2012 she will bring her unique musical vision to national level for the first time. Multi-instrumentalist Kyle Butz and guest backup vocalist Hazel Rickard will join her on the summer tour.
Over the last two years, Decker has played over 250 shows, touring relentlessly from Sedona, AZ to Seattle, WA to Shreveport, LA and everywhere in between. Not confining his shows to music clubs alone, Decker is known to play free shows in cafes, farmer's markets and on street corners alike. In the midst of traveling 50,000+ in his Dodge Caravan, he has self-released three albums on his own local record label, Mescal Porch Records, and, in June, delivered his first-born son in his kitchen to boot. It's safe to say, Decker is amongst the hardest-working touring songwriters you've never heard of.
But he's doing his best to change that.
Decker has self-released 3 albums off of his Arizona indie-folk labelMescal Porch Records. He and his band are presently working on their fourth, self-titled album decker. due for release this November.
Decker crafts songs which find profundity in their naked sincerity. Not quite rock, not quite folk, his acoustic-based psychedelic Americana balladry draws upon a variety of influences; from Leonard Cohen to Tom Waits, from Cat Power to PJ Harvey. Yet in the end, his music is unique and uniquely him, and that is his offering.
Singer-Songwriter, Adalia Tara, has returned to her hometown of Sedona, and since then has been active in the local music scene . Her style is distinct and versatile, from resonating, deep, bluesy lows to sweet, ethereal highs, her voice commands the space. Her evocative lyrics are at the center of her soulful sound, offering insight into her personal truths and aspirations. Her writing style has been influenced by classic artists such as John Lennon, Neil Young, and Billy Holiday, to more modern artist like Radiohead and Feist. No matter where her musical journey may take her, Adalia Tara's intention for creating music has been unchanging. She hopes to bring benefit to others, to inspire, to encourage positive change, and to convey messages of love and compassion. Music is her heart and offering, it's how she gives back. For her, it is a part of her spiritual path that is ever unfolding.
Jake Payne is a man of many talents. A visual artist whose preferred medium is steel and glass, an accomplished musician, and Sedona soulster and indie rocker. Payne presents a diverse repertoire of poetic and dynamic songs ranging from soft moody lullabies to all out rock. Payne has a melodic sense and vulnerability that captures the feeling of swell and contraction that speaks to the contrasting experience of human emotion. Influences from 90's grunge music soulfully mix with classic rock hooks, ripping lead guitar and swooping vocals to create a passionate and personal sonic playground.
The evening begins at 7 p.m.at The Martini Bar, located at 1350 W Hwy 89A in Sedona.