Sat Oct 8 2016

7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

SPACE

1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

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“I’ve only seen a few artists bring a room to a hush, only to have their audience hooping and hollering moments later, and these four talented Yankees have joyfully mastered their ability to do so. By the end of the first song, we were out of our seats and upfront. Strangers instantly became neighbors as the entire venue was swept up in the action.” – The Blue Indian 

Directly supporting acts like The Lumineers, Delta Rae, American Authors, G. Love and Special Sauce, ZZ Ward, and Greensky Bluegrass, Swear and Shake has gone from city to city connecting people in the same way: by taking listeners on a ride through heart-wrenching ballads, only to pick it up on the next song with something people can dance to and lose themselves in completely. 

Though both Kari Spieler (guitar, vocals) and Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo, vocals) performed regularly around the campus of SUNY Purchase College, it wasn't until the final weeks of their senior year in 2010 that they met and recorded "Johnnie," a song Swear and Shake performs to this day. 

The bedroom demo of "Johnnie" began to circulate, finding its way to Shaun Savage, who played bass with McHeffey all through high school, and Benny Goldstein, a fellow student at SUNY Purchase, who would later produce Maple Ridge, and ultimately come to be the full-time drummer for the band. 

In August of 2014 the band released its third set of recordings, "Ain't That Lovin'." In November of 2014 the band will be relocating to Nashville, TN, to begin writing and recording their next full-length record, and to plan their next headlining tour for 2015.

Lauren Shera’s DigSin debut Gold and Rust marks the distinguished national bow of a literally prodigious singer-songwriter who, having spent half of her young life as a professional musician, is now destined to capture the national spotlight. 
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s album – her third, following two independently released titles – is Shera’s musical farewell to her home state of California. 

“Somebody once described my music as ‘California folk,’ and I feel that’s very accurate,” Shera says. “I’ve always been so inspired by the coast and the mountains and all of the beautiful places in California that I love so much. It was a conducive environment for what I write. A lot of the songs are inspired by various parts of California – living there, or scenery there, or people that I’ve met there. Making the record and finishing it, knowing that I was about to be leaving, inspired some of the songs as well.” 

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    Swear and Shake

    Americana

    “For a moment the room is silent, hanging on to a heart-wrenching ballad. Then, in just a few chords the crowd is swept back on their feet again, dancing, smiling, and getting lost in the energy emanating from this dynamic band. Kari Spieler’s voice, rich in tone and powerful in delivery, weaves through her and Adam McHeffey’s collaborative songwriting and guitar playing. Shaun Savage’s creative output on the electric bass (and often three-part harmony) makes the partnership of story and sound complete. Collectively these artists, known as Swear and Shake, bring an experience to the stage—a combination of truthful lyrics, passionate performance, and a warming narrative.” –Christina Morelli, The CEO Artist

    After circulating a bedroom demo of their first song, "Johnnie," Swear and Shake began their adventures of fiercely writing songs and playing them out anywhere they could. The Brooklyn-based band released their first LP, Maple Ridge, on their own independent label, Pots and Pans. This release quickly garnered the support of independent blogs, YouTube cover artists, and show-goers across the country. In the next few years of touring, Swear and Shake crafted a dynamic full-band show.

    After years of touring, the band packed up their Brooklyn apartments and headed for Nashville, Tennesse. When asked about this relocation in an interview for Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Kari Spieler answers "You'd leave for tour and then come back to your part-time job at Anthropologie... Oh, my God—it was horrible. I'd literally be picking pants off the floor and people would recognize me from playing Bowery Ballroom the night before." Spieler sings of this particular experience in "Blouses," one of the first songs written for the new LP.

    Nashville represented change for the band, and enabled them to write their second full-length record, The Sound of Letting Go. During the writing process, the band was heavily influenced by the intricate marriage of band and orchestral arrangements found in baroque pop (think: Beach Boys - Pet Sounds, or The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle) and discovered Richmond-based production house Spacebomb (Natalie Prass, Matthew E. White, Julien Baker) to help realize their musical ambitions.

    Funded by the overwhelming support of their fans and friends on PledgeMusic to create a 10 track LP (13 track deluxe, TBA) that speaks to the band’s experiences of being on tour, and growing as an independent artist. Swear and Shake has slated this new release for spring 2017.

  • Lauren Shera

    Lauren Shera

    Folk

    Music has played an integral part in Lauren Shera’s life from the very beginning. A New York native, Lauren grew up surrounded by an eclectic range of musicians and performers. When she was 13, her family relocated to the Monterey peninsula at the same time that she picked up the guitar.

    Lauren has released two albums, In My Bones (2006) and Once I Was a Bird (2010). Once I Was a Bird earned some well-­?deserved recognition for its hypnotic blend of folk music styles, which Lauren studied at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. On her third album, Gold & Rust, which will be released in early 2013, her sound has evolved with edginess and more defined indie sound that builds upon the vintage vibe of its predecessors.

    In 2011, Lauren performed at Bonnaroo, which lead to Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons hand picking her to open the introductory U.S. tour for his renowned artist community, Communion. The Communion Tour featured Lauren, The David Mayfield Parade and Matthew & The Atlas in a seamless night of artistic cooperation as each artist performed individually and in combined formats.

    One of the early highlights of Lauren’s career came when she was 18 years old and was invited to perform at the Bob Dylan Tribute Concert to benefit Music for Youth Foundation alongside major stars like Ryan Adams, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, Allen Toussaint, and many others. Since then, Shera has shared the stage with
    such artists as Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Phil Lesh, Vienna Teng, Shawn Colvin, Billy Bragg, Nanci Griffith, Kristin Hersh, Joan Osborne, Wanda Jackson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jackie Greene and Abigail Washburn.

    Lauren’s soulful voice is as powerful as it is melancholy, and earned the praise of Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead, Further), “Every generation or two, a voice comes along that redefines what you thought you knew about music and touches you deep down in your soul. Her voice is going to define the next generation of folk music.”

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Swear and Shake and Lauren Shera

Sat Oct 8 2016 7:00 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

SPACE Evanston IL
Swear and Shake, Lauren Shera
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All Ages

“I’ve only seen a few artists bring a room to a hush, only to have their audience hooping and hollering moments later, and these four talented Yankees have joyfully mastered their ability to do so. By the end of the first song, we were out of our seats and upfront. Strangers instantly became neighbors as the entire venue was swept up in the action.” – The Blue Indian 

Directly supporting acts like The Lumineers, Delta Rae, American Authors, G. Love and Special Sauce, ZZ Ward, and Greensky Bluegrass, Swear and Shake has gone from city to city connecting people in the same way: by taking listeners on a ride through heart-wrenching ballads, only to pick it up on the next song with something people can dance to and lose themselves in completely. 

Though both Kari Spieler (guitar, vocals) and Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo, vocals) performed regularly around the campus of SUNY Purchase College, it wasn't until the final weeks of their senior year in 2010 that they met and recorded "Johnnie," a song Swear and Shake performs to this day. 

The bedroom demo of "Johnnie" began to circulate, finding its way to Shaun Savage, who played bass with McHeffey all through high school, and Benny Goldstein, a fellow student at SUNY Purchase, who would later produce Maple Ridge, and ultimately come to be the full-time drummer for the band. 

In August of 2014 the band released its third set of recordings, "Ain't That Lovin'." In November of 2014 the band will be relocating to Nashville, TN, to begin writing and recording their next full-length record, and to plan their next headlining tour for 2015.

Lauren Shera’s DigSin debut Gold and Rust marks the distinguished national bow of a literally prodigious singer-songwriter who, having spent half of her young life as a professional musician, is now destined to capture the national spotlight. 
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s album – her third, following two independently released titles – is Shera’s musical farewell to her home state of California. 

“Somebody once described my music as ‘California folk,’ and I feel that’s very accurate,” Shera says. “I’ve always been so inspired by the coast and the mountains and all of the beautiful places in California that I love so much. It was a conducive environment for what I write. A lot of the songs are inspired by various parts of California – living there, or scenery there, or people that I’ve met there. Making the record and finishing it, knowing that I was about to be leaving, inspired some of the songs as well.”