Cardinal Moon, Nena Anderson

Saturday, June 10, 2017

8:00 pm

Soda Bar

$7.00 - $10.00

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This event is 21 and over

A reinvention rather than a refutation, the name Kuinka comes from the Finnish for “how”; how does a band bristling with spirited creativity continue to evolve artistically and challenge themselves while staying true to their own roots? For Kuinka, the answer comes in the form of letting go: a joyful acquiescence to faith in their cumulative love of songwriting and shared experience, regardless of genre or instrumentation. Brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer, along with Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker, came together in 2014 to form a unique breed of string band; one proudly defiant of preconceived notions of what fits under the label 'Americana'.
Their 2014 debut The Wild North, which propelled the band out of the woods and on to stages across the country, was followed by their 2016 breakout LP The Heartland. Both albums were recorded at the famed Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, WA (Fleet Foxes, Metric), and led to featured performances at dozens of festivals and several successful national headlining tours. Home from touring The Heartland, all four found themselves in the midst of major life changes both as people and as artists; moving out of the house they‘d shared for the previous two years to new cities and broadening the total palette from which they draw as musicians. After fleshing out new songs in rehearsal, the band headed to a studio near Portland, OR with the trusted ears of longtime producer Jerry Streeter (Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers). The quartet was joined in the studio with their touring wizard of the woodwinds John Benefiel who handled clarinet and saxophone.
The songs on their forthcoming release Stay Up Late ring with the vibrancy of exploration and discovery. “We’ve spent our time as a band in pursuit of a unique sound that captures our energy and essence” says Zickler. “Once we came together and started work on the new singles, we knew it was time to redefine ourselves. We’d love for our music to be a soundtrack to adventure. The change represents finding your way, for both us and our listeners.”
Cardinal Moon
Dawn Mitschele's compelling voice grows into more expansive territory with her new project Cardinal Moon. The gifted singer-songwriter has joined forces with lyricist Alfred Howard and the accomplished musicians of The Redwoods Music label to amplify the intimacy of her solo work with picturesque tunes that range from bouncy blue eyed pop songs to immersive Southwestern ballads.

Howard sent Mitschele lyrics from the window seat of a greyhound bus moving through the western US, challenging her to bring the words to life with her inflective vocal style. The collaboration inspired both artists to create tactile compositions imbued with a sense of time and place, invoking scenes of Americana wrought with emotion and reflection.

Dawn Mitschele has released five solo albums, and her playfully seductive vocal performances have made her an in-demand featured vocalist among So Cal recording artists including Bushwalla, Lee Coulter and 9 Theory. Alfred Howard has lent his songwriting prowess to a number of projects, including several bands in collaboration with the collective of instrumentalists recording with The Redwoods Music label, which he cofounded with Matthew Molarius and Josh Rice in 2015.
Nena Anderson
Nena Anderson
Nena Anderson's debut album "Beyond The Lights" already is earning comparisons to early Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Dylan with it's bluesy, Americana feel and distinct voice. Produced by Mike Butler (Linda Kay, Low Volts), the record showcases 10 original songs that are so familiar and warm, you think you have heard them before…and you want to listen to over and over again. From the moody, minor-keyed, driving swamp blues of "Daggers," the rollicking 60's piano soul groove of "Roses & Kisses," to the catchy "I Fall In Love Too Fast," Nena proves she can write timeless songs for a modern audience.

Her distinctive, bourbon smooth voice stops you in your tracks and compels you to hang on every word. "On the stage, Anderson exudes the enviable self-assurance of someone who's exactly where she's supposed to be." - Kelly Davis, San Diego Citybeat

Nena's current backing band, The Mules, are: Mike Butler, guitar (the Boxmasters), Patrick McClory, bass (Alex Woodard band), and Brian ‘Nucci' Cantrell, drums (Jack Tempchin). The album also features pedal steel player David Berzansky (Hacienda Brothers) and Mike Feldman (Freddy & Francine) on organ and piano.

Nena has shared stages with such artists as Raul Malo, Dave Alvin, Switchfoot, Charlie Musselwhite, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Vaughan, Candye Kane, The Subdudes, Tim Easton, and Dr. John. She recently toured as June Carter with Johnny Cash tribute band, Cash'd Out, and is a 7-time San Diego Music Award Nominee.
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104