Chastity Brown w/ Michael Romero
Doors at 7:30 pm
Music at 8 pm
Address for concert available after RSVP
Based in Minnesota, but with roots in Tennessee, Chastity grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville, TN, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, shes been featured on NPRs Favorite Sessions, CMT, American Songwriter, the London Times, Paste Magazine and others. Chastity has toured the U.S. and abroad, appearing on the U.K.s Laterwith Jools Holland. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon/activist Ani Difranco.
What Ive realized is that the personal is political, Brown said in a recent interview. Just by me being a bi-racial, half-black, half-white woman living in America right now is political. Just being a person of color, a queer woman of color, for that matter, is freaking political. My focus, as far as this record, I guess its really been psychological. Im really intrigued by the perseverance of the human spirit and the complexities and contradictions that we embody as human beings."
"Silhouette of Sirens is comprised of snapshots of memory, both lived and imagined. Not all of these tunes derive from this, which is why I say, both lived and imagined.' Some are love/sex/relationship-inspired, which in my opinion make the pain one might experience more bearable. In James Baldwins essay, The Artist Struggle for Integrity,' he says, 'I tell you my pain so that I might relieve you of yours.'"
Light is a central character on Silhouette of Sirens. Even the title speaks to this push and pull between danger and safety, shadows and shiny lights, and the things we can reach out and touch as opposed to the things we only hear in the distance. What is even happening? One can only guess, Brown sings in the opening track Drive Slow, embracing an uncertainty and sense of wonder from the beginning of the record. By the third track, shes carrying us along with her on a journey inward. Like many masterful songwriters, she has the ability to make her stories feel intensely personal yet open-ended; even in Carried Away, its hard to tell whether shes singing about a romantic rift, an abusive friendship, or the havoc that anxiety and depression can wreak on an unguarded mind. " Dont leave me here all alone / For so long youve been my light in the dark, Brown sings on the albums centerpiece, My Stone, while the sexy, Prince-channeling acoustic funk jam Whisper beckons the listener to come closer, to dance with her in the dark, to whisper in my ear all that you need."
I think its about different types of heartbreak, and how one deals with it, Brown says of the album. And not the heartbreak of a coupled relationship; just living life, and the experiences that break your heart. There are these moments on the album where its like, this is intense.' And then hopefully, there are moments where its alleviated as I feel like life is. Life is hard. Every tree, every plant, everything you see in the natural world, just through a growth process, you see how hard it is to grow and bend towards the light."
Michael Romero is an accomplished singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist driven by a desire for social change. At home on guitar, trumpet, mandolin, charango, glockenspiel, and at the mic, Romero was voted one of Austins top ten horn players in the 2014 and 2015 Austin Music Awards and won First Place at the Bugle Boy Songwriter Showcase in 2007. He has performed on NPRs Baltimore affiliate WYPR, was featured as a presenter with X8 Interactive Drumming at Austin City Limits Music Festival, and selected as one of eight artists-in-residence with 360 Xochi Quetzal in Jalisco, Mexico, in 2014. Romeros folk-jazz-Latin band, Strumero, has released three independent albums centered on themes of social justice.
In 2014 Romero began playing with fellow Austinite Gina Chavez, singing harmony, swapping the lead, and often playing multiple instruments at once. In 2015, the band swept the Austin Music Awards, winning Best Latin Band, Musician of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. In 2015-2016 Romero traveled with the Gina Chavez Trio to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Central and South America through a grant from the U.S. State Departments American Music Abroad and American Voices programs. Romero spent two years in the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer living in Honduras. He is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Communities In Schools of Central Texas.
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