AuNaturAlice 14 returns to The Soiled Dove Underground on Thursday, April 27th featuring Emerson Hart from Tonic, Johnnyswim, Julia Brennan and Rob Drabkin! Don’t miss the chance to re-imagine live music! Doors Open at 6:30pm, Show Starts at 7:30pm. This weekend only, buy 1 ticket, get 1 FREE! #ANA14
Emerson Hart of Tonic
There’s a yin and a yang there. It’s a thread that Emerson Hart, frontman for the multi-platinum band Tonic, comes back to time and again on his new record, his first solo release in over six years.
“Early in my life I learned to appreciate the beauty in things as they grew older,” says Hart. “Houses, furniture, churches, whatever. I think it started after my dad was killed: I lived with my grandfather on his farm, this 19th century mansion. Everything in it was constantly broken, but there was such a beauty to it as well.”
On his new record, Hart touches on loss, but also the beauty of rebirth, newfound love, family and starting a clean slate. Beauty in Disrepair marks a remarkably polished and honest follow-up to his 2007 solo debut Cigarettes & Gasoline, a critically-acclaimed album that spawned two Top 20 singles.
Honesty, passion, and a sense of purpose flow through every song on Georgica Pond. Hailed by The New York Times as "a pairing of equals, a key finding its lock," singing-songwriting duo JOHNNYSWIM have amplified the strengths of their critically acclaimed debut Diamonds (2014) with an album that reflects different seasons of life and love, filtered through their rousing fusion of folk, soul, pop, and rock. Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez’s uniqueness as storytellers who possess the "sparkle of natural-born stage performers" (NPR) has cultivated a devoted audience who pack the duo's sold-out shows. Amanda Sudano is the daughter of the late disco and R&B singer Donna Summer, and even spent summers as a backing vocalist on tour. It's those listeners and countless more who will see their reflection in the lyrics and melodies of Georgica Pond.
They say timing is everything. And this couldn’t be truer for 18 year-old singer/songwriter Julia Brennan. If only it didn’t take a broken collar bone to happen!
“We have this little vintage motorcycle that my brother rides around the yard all the time,” explains the Minneapolis-bred musician. “One day this summer, I jump on and just as I start going, I realize the hand brake was broken. I broke my collar bone and had to have surgery. I was stuck on the couch for a few weeks, and I said to myself, ‘Well, I have nothing to do. And I’ve been sitting on these three songs for months, why not put them out now?’”
Although his musical talents make it easy to believe he’s always been a full-time musician, Rob Drabkin attended Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where he graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with the intention of becoming a doctor. His focus quickly changed after a family trip to New York. “My Dad played Jazz full time for 30 years before he got into medicine. On that trip, we re-connected with his old musician friends, and it was inspiring to see them giving their lives to music night after night for so many years. That was the night I dropped science and dedicated myself to music. After that moment, I spent every possible minute singing and honing all of the songwriting skills that I could.” He adds, “It's kind of embarrassing to admit, but I had an epiphany while watching the Broadway musical “Chicago.” I decided right then and there that I didn't want to work in a research lab for the rest of my life and that I wanted to pursue music full time even though I had never sung a note up to that point.” He took to Denver’s music scene quickly, and set his career into motion.
Drabkin’s newly released single, “Someday,” has earned a spot on major international Spotify playlists such as Spring Acoustic on Spotify UK and Discover Weekly, and in just one month, the single accumulated half a million plays from listeners around the world. "We too often forget that love is ever-present. We share it with each other through laughter, smiles, and sympathy. We can find it in everything and we can also create it in the smallest, most unassuming moments of our lives. I wrote this song for those moments. All we can do is keep being kind and have the courage to choose love in every decision we make.” In “Someday” His lyrical talents show his listeners that you can take whatever you might endure, and turn it into a way to express yourself. Although the Colorado native has an impressive list of musical achievements, this song serves as an opportunity to start his career from scratch. A new plateau with new possibilities
“With earnestness and originality, Drabkin thrives within stylistic excursions that range from driving folk rock to understated experiments with classical musicians." - Denver Westword