DOORS @ 7:30 / SHOWS @ 8PM, UNLESS POSTED OTHERWISE
Halsey Harkins • Isaac Gillespie • Mike Gebhardt7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Emerging from the antifolk scene of the late 2000’s, Isaac Gillespie is a NY-based songwriter, performer and man-about-town. Blending folk-song storytelling with the energy of punk and the elasticity of gospel, the Gillespie-fronted The Due Diligence was a mainstay of 2010’s Brooklyn DIY. All the while, Gillespie continued to write and perform (and in 2019 release) the more delicate songs of his acoustic beginnings. Over the years he’s had the honor to write and record with everyone from Shakey Graves to Landlady’s Adam Schatz as well as members of BLEACHERS, Phosphorescent, Son Lux and Ava Luna.
Mike Gebhart is a sensitive and listening drummer. As a student of the University of Washington and Seattle Racer Sessions scene, improvisation is always at the forefront of his musical senses. Multiple practices such as voice training, synthesis, beatmaking, harmony study, journalling, and meditation, inform his drumming. He performs and records in New York with many groups around the city as well as performs in Terror/Cactus, a group based out of Seattle,WA. He co-leads a collective known as Citrine, co-created The Sky Is A Suitcase and performs solo music under his own name. In 2021 he released a solo record entitled Co-Pilot. For his set at the owl Mike will be performing with drums, sampler, piano and voice.
Doree Gordon • Grace Ward • Eliana Glass Sept 227:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Dorée is a Brooklyn based songwriter and band. Their songs combine folk, alternative, math, experimental and other elements to create a variety of sounds. Dorée has played at various venues and diy spaces throughout NYC and toured through many states in the US both solo and as an acoustic trio of guitar, drum kit, and bass.
Grace Ward is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and improviser living in Brooklyn, NY. Ward leads the project Theadoore,co-leads Houndsteeth (NYC/LA) and is a member of Birthday Ass (NYC). Their set at the Owl will be a solo guitar/voice set revisiting songs from their 2022 album, Tears For the Time Keeper.
Eliana Glass (b.1997) is a singer, pianist and visual artist. Born in Australia and raised in Seattle, she began singing and playing piano from a young age. Her music dedicates special attention to sparseness and sensuality, and she draws from such influences as Agnes Denes and Annette Peacock. Currently based in New York, Eliana pursues her passions of music and visual art, continuously gaining insight into each medium through the other.
Rocketsnail #37:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Mariel Roberts • Tomas Fujiwara • Mazz Swift Sept 247:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donation
The Brooklyn-based Fujiwara/Roberts duo brings together two artists who are active performers, improvisers, and composers working in the field of new and experimental music. On cello and drums, the duo weaves together their individual backgrounds in jazz, classical, and experimental music through improvisation.
Mazz Swift is a violinist, singer and composer, weaving improvisation, classic African American musics, electronica, and mindfulness into their work. They like beeps and boops, electronic and organic.
James Carney • Rachel Therrien & Albert Marquès Sept 287:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
James Carney, piano & compositions, will appear with Ravi Coltrane, saxophones; Drew Gress, bass and Tom Rainey, drums .
“Mr. Carney is a sharp pianist and a broadly imaginative conceptualist and composer.” -The New York Times.Rachel Therrien is a trumpet player from Montreal and Albert Marquès is a pianist from Barcelona. Both musicians are Brooklyn-based artists who tour all over the world with their projects. After more than 10 years of friendship and playing in different contexts, Therrien and Marquès are finally creating their first project together. They will release an album in 2024 which is the fruit of a deep collaboration and friendship between two composers and band leaders who play Latin Jazz, Flamenco, Rock, Contemporary Jazz… and who love to improvise together!Instagram:@albertmarquespiano@rachel_therrien_trumpet
Kitba • Bot • Childish Japes (feat. Joanna Teters) Sept 297:30 Door 8:00 Show $15 adv/$20 door
Come celebrate the release of the new Childish Japes and Joanna Teters collaborative album, Matters of Life and Death, Pt. 1
The Cradle and friends Sept 307:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Jackie West • Adeline Hotel Oct 57:30 Door 8:00 Show $15 adv/$20 door
One pleasure of following Dan Knishkowy’s Adeline Hotel is the way each album suggests something new: a record of folk songs (Solid Love) led to solo guitar explorations (Good Timing), led to a suite of piano-led chamber music (The Cherries Are Speaking). Hot Fruit, the latest, follows that trajectory, featuring experimental jazz trio Scree (Ryan El-Solh, Carmen Rothwell, Jason Burger), and pianist Winston Cook-Wilson (Office Culture). Though Hot Fruit may be Adeline Hotel’s most lushly orchestrated album, it is also the best showcase yet of Knishkowy’s delicacy and subtle expressiveness as an acoustic guitarist.
'Strawberry Runners' Album Release Party w/ Matt Bachman & Quarterly Oct 67:30 Door 8:00 Show $15 adv/$20 door
Matt Bachmann (b. 1988, Chicago) is a social worker/musician whose music is a marriage of long form repetitive instrumental music and songwriting music. Maybe best known for his bass plucking in Mega Bog, Jeff Tobias’ Recurring Dream Band and with the Ed Askew band, Bachmann brings the gentleness and touch of his bass playing to his synthwork and shaky voice. He has released three records on Owen Ashworth’s (Advance Based) tight knit Chicago based label, Orindal Records, including Dream Logic which was released in 2021.
In Strawberry Runners’ eponymous debut album, songwriter, Emi Night navigates themes of solitude and belonging; trauma and the complex entanglement of love and control within relationships on the terrain of folk, pop, and country-reminiscent instrumentation. Amid familiar yet abstract arrangements, Night wields heavy lyrical material with disarming grace and candor. ‘Strawberry Runners’ may sparkle on its surface, but beneath lies an untamed reckoning with the world and oneself.
Active for over a decade in New York City and Boston, Brooklyn guitar and cello duo Quarterly have become known for their performances of classical and folk-influenced pieces. Reveling in unfamiliar textures, Drymala and DiPietro conjure images of disparate scenes, set on and by the sea, in a mythological past, or in the intimacy of the home.
Matinee show with Michael Holt and Dan Seiden3:00 pm $12.00 suggested donation
Sam Levin • Michael Bates Oct 87:00 Door 7:30 Show $12 suggested donationDuring the pandemic, Sam Levin unexpectedly left New York and moved to a small town in Poland, where he turned his focus to jazz and composition. Sam’s recent album, Another Brooklyn, is the result of Sam’s creative work in isolation. The music is rooted in the jazz tradition but the compositions draw heavily on Sam’s influences from rock and the experiences of seeing so many different approaches to music at places like Tonic and the 55 Bar.With Noah Garabedian on bass, Silvan Joray on guitar and Noam Borns on piano.Michael Bates’ Northern SpyMichael Blake-saxophone, Josh Deutsch-trumpet, Santiago Leibson-piano, Greg Joseph-drums, Michael Bates-bass.Take one listen to the joy and energy of this unpredictable band and try not to get caught up in the excitement. Northern Spy’s rough-and-tumble interplay makes everything an option. They veer happily between wide open jazz, the swing tradition and heavy grooves. An organic and soulful quintet of long time New Yorkers who play with intensity and fire; they take the blues and manhandle it into unexpected musical shapes.
Alec Spiegelman • Izzy Oram Brown • Chelsea Crabtree • TBA Oct 127:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Alec Spiegelman is a producer & multi-instrumentalist in Brooklyn. He’ll sing songs from his Album Airplane Mode, along with newer songs and instrumentals on the clarinet.
Izzy Oram Brown is a Brooklyn based guitarist and songwriter who released her debut record Mess on September 23, 2022. Created with a host of collaborators in various spaces around New York, Mess finds Oram Brown drawing on her work as a guitar player and her love of the folk song tradition to create her first project as a songwriter. She pairs introspective lyrics and winding melodies with layered guitars, synthesizers, and percussion to create an ethereal and moving body of work. Grounded in precise songwriting and embellished with experimental production, Mess is Oram Brown stepping out from a supporting role and sharing an assured album of naked honesty.
Chelsea Crabtree is a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter originally from Seattle, WA. Growing up in a very musical family, she has been singing with her 8 siblings from a very young age. After studying jazz voice in college, she has now been inspired to write her own songs. Her music draws from elements of folk, pop, soul and 90’s rock music. She will be joined at The Owl by Gregg Belisle-Chi, Sam Decker, Chris Parker and Sam Weber.
Ali Dineen • Wish Wish Oct 137:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Closed for special event Oct 14
Small Chucks • Emily Ringel • Cold Fakes • Toby Goodshank7:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Jake Klar • Margaux • Miles Hewitt Oct 197:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Jake Klar is an artist based in Turners Falls, MA. His songs showcase an ongoing collection of life’s lyric moments, both the eccentric and the daily. Klar rides on the Americana tradition of storytelling in his work, while bringing in the edge of modern folk/rock-inspired arrangements. Whether Jake is playing solo or with his band – you will leave his shows with his crooning voice and the poetry of his lyrics ringing through your head. Klar is a veteran of Northeast Festivals such as Otis Mountain Get Down and FreshGrass. His latest release, Witness, is a follow-up to his acclaimed 2020 collection of songs, Masquerade.
Miles Hewitt is a songwriter and poet residing in Brooklyn, NY. His debut record, Heartfall, drew critical raves, including from The Boston Globe, who named it one of the 50 Best Albums of 2022 and wrote: “A simply brilliant debut . . . by turns intimate and epic.” He will be performing with his new “string band” (acoustic guitar, violin, bass, and drums) at this show.
Margaux is a singer/song-writer originally from Seattle, WA, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. With lush arrangements and deeply personal lyrics, Margaux aims to reflect on the intimate and poignant feelings that arise throughout life’s transitions. Her most recent release takes shape as a couplet inspired by the poetic world of Emily Dickinson. Take a listen to Everlasting Snow and Maple’s Loom wherever you listen to music.
Gemma • Ian Davis: Rock Band Oct 207:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationGemma is Felicia Douglass with producer Erik Gundel, a collaboration where Douglass’s playful hooks soar over Gundel’s lush, grooving beats. Gundel has a knack for stacking emotions that seem at odds: for channeling feelings of deep introspection and ecstatic joy at the same time, matching a sentiment that often drives Douglass’s lyricism. Together, they’re masters of upbeat tunes exploding with feelings, a type of healing, happy-sad soul-funk.
Ian Davis: Rock Band is an outlet for composer/guitarist/singer Ian Davis. The music is part carefully constructed, part free with sections of intricate counterpoint devolving into playful, noodly noise. The set features songs about Star Trek, debt, and love. ID:RB released their first album *Passing Phase* in January 2020.
Matthew Fowler and friends Oct 217:30 Door 8:00 Show $15 adv/$18 door
Born and raised in Florida, Matthew Fowler fell in love with music at an early age, and by 19, he’d already self-released his debut and begun booking his own cross-country tours. The Grief We Gave Our Mother, Fowler’s stunning Signature Sounds debut, is a profoundly personal work of self-discovery and introspection. The arrangements are captivatingly complex, layering dynamic guitars, breathy woodwinds, and lush harmonies into a soundscape that blurs the lines between traditional roots music and experimental chamber folk. The Associated Press praised, “The bright promise of singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler’s label debut lies in its acoustic elegance.”
Stephen Becker • TBA Oct 227:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Gadadu * BenBen Oct 267:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
With a kaleidoscopic sense of time and texture, GADADU weaves odd-meter grooves, synth-spiked orchestral arrangements, and unorthodox song forms into a dreamy, soulful sound. GADADU has released three full-length albums to critical acclaim, most recently The Weatherman Is Wrong on Gold Bolus Recordings in 2023.
BenBen is a musician, animator and owl magic evangelist best known for an unforgettably wistful high tenor voice. BenBen’s compositions wrap melodic ear worms in a blanket of unconventional, maximalist arrangements. Live shows center on the voice, surrounded by unpredictable and sublime instrumental configurations and surreal visual projection. Videos for BenBen’s music often find him collaborating with other outsider artists and animators. BenBen just completed a tour of Finland, and will release his debut vinyl LP “Sincere Gifts” on record label Perpetual Doom (whose logo is an owl) in autumn 2023.
Kyle Morgan • Scree Oct 277:30 Door 8:00 Show tickets $20.00
adhyaropa records showcase Oct 286:30 Door 7:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Brittain Ashford • TBA. Nov 27:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Marty O'Reilly • Mama's Broke Nov 57:00 Doors 7:30 Show
Explaining Marty O’Reilly’s music is like describing a dream. It feels familiar, but at the same time unchartered. His songs sound bluesy but not blues, folk but not folk, soulful but not soul. Marty’s voice is beautiful and unique, his lyrics stark yet lush over gritty electrified guitar, melding beautifully into genre-defying music within the vast definitions of Americana. One can hear an urgency and complexity in the songs, expressing something elemental and perhaps contradictory: love and anger, joy and pain, real and imagined.
Mama’s Broke, based out of New Orleans and Halifax, craft a sound that artfully weaves old-time, Quebecois, blues, punk, Celtic, Balkan and doom metal into a hypnotic and energizing tapestry of original music. The connection between Amy Lou Keeler and Lisa Maria draws the listener in as they effortlessly move through dark, lonesome, and intricate acapella songs to fiery, ripping fiddle/banjo tunes accompanied by foot percussion and driving guitar rhythms.
Mehran Khaghani • Joseph Keckler • Slow Down Party Nov 107:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationJoseph Keckler is a musician and writer. He recently released a new single + film, “Ghost Song” and an NPR Tiny Desk concert. He’s been presented by Lincoln Center, Centre Pompidou, among others, and played in venues such as Hammerstein Ballroom and Ryman Auditorium (as national support act for Sleater-Kinney.) His story collection, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World was published in 2018. He is working on an EP, a new film, and on tour with Lydia Lunch and solo.Slow Down Party – Album Release – Alec Spiegelman, Zoe Guigueno, Jason Burger
Maya De Vitry Nov 127:00 Door 7:30 Show $12 adv/$15 door
Dorée Gordon • Jean Rohe • Michelle Willis Nov 167:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
A rare appearance by Elysian Fields with Matt Lo and Garciaphone. Nov 187:30 Door 8:00 Show
Late Aster • Gregg Belisle-Chi's HUM• SLUGish ensemble Nov 197:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donationLate AsterLate Aster was formed when Aaron Messing (trumpet) and Anni Hochhalter (French horn) moved to San Francisco in 2019 and released its first EP, “True and Toxic,” in 2021 via Bright Shiny Things. The San Francisco Chronicle called the record, “as impressive a local debut as I’ve heard this year… you’re guaranteed to hear unprecedented sounds in Late Aster’s very cool collisions of brass instruments and electronic sounds.” Their performance at The Owl will be in celebration of their new EP “Live Rail Sessions” via Slow and Steady Records/Bright Shiny Things.
Gregg Belisle-Chi’s HUM Quartet delivers new music written by the Brooklyn guitarist/composer. A guitarist “of impeccable technique and broad imagination” (New York Times) and “of mercurial interests yet grounded focus” (Earshot Jazz), Belisle-Chi has steadily been maintaining a career in the New York City music scene playing, recording, and touring with such luminaries as Tim Berne, Reid Anderson, Tom Rainey, Hank Roberts, Bill Frisell, Emma Frank, and many more in the Jazz, Improvised, Rock, and Singer/Songwriter ethos.With Sam Decker, saxophone •Noah Garabedian, bass • Jeff Davis, drums.Steven Lugerner’s SLUGish EnsembleLed by composer Steven Lugerner, SLUGish Ensemble performs inventive music that blurs the lines between pop, rhythm & blues, jazz improvisation & minimalism. A vehicle for his low end work on bass clarinet and baritone saxophone, SLUGish Ensemble grew out of Lugerner’s years in San Francisco soaking up the striking orchestrational concepts of the 1970s minimalist classical movement combined with what he calls “heavy West Coast-sounding hardcore-math-alt-rock.” They return to The Owl with an album release party to celebrate their new Slow and Steady Records album, “In Solitude.”
Hanksgiving7:30 $15.00 suggested Donation Nov 24
Hank Williams turned 100 this year. We celebrate his legacy.
Carol• H. Pruz• Elijah Berlow Nov 307:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Vocalist and songwriter Carolyn Flaherty has always found solace in honesty. Her folk is dark as it is warm, taking cues from field demos and river eels.
h. pruz is the solo project of Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Hannah Pruzinsky (they/she). h.pruz released their debut EP “again, there” in late 2022 via Oof Records.
The collection of songs is a front porch with wind chimes sounding; a nap on the couch on a summer afternoon; a pair of dirty hands in compost, letting dead things turn into something richer, kinder.
h. pruz expects to release their first full length album soon and is touring with portland, maine’s indie band Dead Gowns in December of this year.
Elijah Berlow is a Chicago-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist folk musician. Originating from pastoral roots in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, Berlow is a playful story-teller with a narrative style grounded in the traditions of Americana music. As a vocalist, he emanates a sincere warmth through his thoughtful phrasing; and his diligent fingerpicking guitar-style leads steadily through the pulsing catharsis of any song. Berlow creates music that is complex, soulful and in conversation with arich rhythmic history. His music can currently be found on all streaming platforms including the newly self-released EP “Put Out Fires”(2022).
Mamma's Marmalade • Rachel Sumner Dec 37:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Liv Greene • Brittany Ann Tranbaugh Dec 77:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationUnassumingly charming with a velvety voice… she envelops a forlorn loneliness that’s at once poignant and crushing.” – American Songwriter. Queer americana artist Liv Greene has been processing the world around her through writing songs since teaching herself her first guitar chords at 12. In school, Greene honed her skills at Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan and New England Conservatory in Boston, studying songwriting and contemporary improvisation. Now Nashville-based, Greene just finished up work on her second album, due out in the next year, collaborating with engineer Matt Andrews (Gillian Welch), and employing the help of talented friends like Jordan Tice, and Sarah Jarosz.Brittany Ann Tranbaugh (pronounced TRAN-baw) is a Philadelphia-based songwriter whose queer Americana heartbreaker “Kiss You” won Song of the Year in the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Tranbaugh has been writing songs and playing shows as a side gig since she was a teenager, but in February 2023, at 31 years old, she finally quit her office job to pursue a full-time career in music. Her newest release is a self-titled EP produced by Grammy-winner Tyler Chester (Madison Cunningham) which showcases Tranbaugh in her new era: energetic, self-assured, surrounded by her beloved musical community, and more commanding as a vocalist and writer than ever before.
Laura Veirs w special guests Karl Blau Dec 97:30 Door 8:00 ShowLaura will be playing a selection of songs from her 2023 album “Phone Orphans” as well as catalog faves. She’ll be inviting some special guests up on stage including opener and old friend Karl Blau.“Laura Veirs is the most underrated guitar player I know and one of the greatest singer-songwriters there is.”
– Neko Case
Samuel Boat • Turbo World Jan 13
Theresa Rosas and friends7:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donation