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PETER MULVEY/ RANDY SABIEN/ CHRIS PORTERFIELD/ CALEY CONWAY
May 18 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$20
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This is part of the now semi-annual Lamplighter Sessions curated by PETER MULVEY. Click on the link to learn what this is all about.
To PETER MULVEY, there is no such thing as a straight and narrow path. At least, not one that he has any interest in taking.
A live-wire on any stage, Peter is an acoustic singer/songwriter/guitarist who, in fact, defies this categorization. His ferocious guitar playing whisks him through more tunings than he has fingers in the course of an evening, as he winds his way from full-throated rockers to deceptively plain-spoken musings. Whether solo or accompanied, Mulvey is someone who just naturally commands a stage:
“Peter Mulvey is one of the most accomplished guitarists you’re ever likely to hear… utterly original… it is nigh on impossible to explain him to the uninitiated… his intelligent and sometimes complex songs engage both hemispheres of the listener’s brain… one of the finest, most complete entertainers… stunning.” – The Irish Examiner
RANDY SABIEN Dubbed the past, present and future of jazz violin by NPR’s Jazz Profiles, RANDY SABIEN is a regular at Big Top Chautauqua and has performed on A Prairie Home Companion and Austin City Limits. His instrumental skill on the violin, guitar, mandolin, and piano, in the genres of jazz, country, and rock, is legendary.
CHRIS PORTERFIELD says he is “midwestern to the core” and we find no fault with that kind of core. Chris’ Milwaukee-based band, Field Report (an anagram of his surname) will release their third album soon. Field Report was culled together in the studio while recording their 2012 self-titled debut. They suddenly found themselves championed by their former idols: offered support tours by Counting Crows and Aimee Mann, lauded by the likes of Mark Eitzel and Richard Thompson, and covered by Blind Boys Of Alabama.
A CALEY CONWAY performance is a trip inside her heart, guided by a soothing voice and hypnotic songwriting. But her breezy style and lilting melodies belie a profound depth of musicality—Caley’s songs embrace complexity, with dashes of dissonance and lyrics that are at once deeply personal and universally relatable. With candor and a disarming wit that that leaves audiences somewhere between chilled and chuckling, Conway sings openly about sex, codependence, apathy, and cheese.
“Bringing a brilliant songwriting spirit that focuses on melody and earnestness, Conway’s music is relatable to a wide audience beyond the roots world.”
– No Depression Magazine
That complexity is the result of a winding, adventurous musical path. After dropping out of college and embarking on three years of restless travel (with ukulele in tow), the Wisconsin native settled in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood and cut her teeth in its thriving local music scene. From 2012-2016 she fronted the Lucy Cukes, a country-tinged collaboration that produced the dreamy and whimsical Discipline Soup EP and culminated in the lush full-length Silk for Life.
After the Lucy Cukes parted ways, Conway made a conscious shift—seeking independence in a male-dominated industry, she put all of her focus toward music. She switched to electric guitar, began performing solely under her own name, and called on a more fluid cast of players to fit her evolving style. With newfound resolve and increased control over her music, Caley quickly set to work on the B-side collection Barrels, self-recorded her Christmas album Heart be Light, and put together a new band for her next record.
“With a voice that lulls you into a daydream and lyrics that bring you back to earth, [Conway] combines sharp wit with warm melodies to form a style distinctly her own.”
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