Friday 12/14 MIEKA PAULEY with special guest ERIN GREENE $10 in advance / $12 at the door 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show www.mieka.com www.facebook.com/MiekaPauley
Mieka Pauley possesses a voice that flows like good whiskey and a frankness that makes Alanis Morissette look shy. She conjures up a sonic immediacy with the same masterful command as Ani DiFranco with driving, yearning melodies that stand alongside the work of Michelle Shocked, Neko Case and Emmylou Harris.
Mieka began as a solo artist in Boston. Her haunting voice and heartbreaking lyrics gained her more than a few fans, securing her bills with Eric Clapton, Jason Mraz, Citizen Cope, Lyle Lovett, Wyclef Jean, Black Eyed Peas, John Hiatt, Edwin McCain, John Legend, KT Tunstall, Natasha Bedingfield, Ben Kweller, Mindy Smith, Mason Jennings, the Avett Brothers, and many others while earning herself slots at must-see music events (Newport Folk Festival, South by Southwest, CMJ) and high-profile gigs like singing the national anthem at Red Sox games. She's also been featured on BBC London Radio, PRI's "Mountain Stage" and the music session blog Daytrotter. Her song "Devil's Got My Secret" can be heard in the movie Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, which stars Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, Oscar nominee Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen.
She puts her guitar in the trunk of her car and does an average of 150 live shows a year criss-crossing the country. She follows her own vision for her music and her soul / blues / rock / acoustic / alternative style has brought comparisons to Ben Harper, Cat Power, Neko Case, Patty Griffin, Martin Sexton and others. Mieka describes her music as "mainstream indie rock" and feels the contradiction perfectly describes her obsessions.
She won the first ever Starbucks Emerging Artist Award, the New York Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest, the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriter Showcase, the Rock Boat/BMI Song Contest and she was named Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Female Rockstar of the Year. Other top U.S. music festivals include The Newport Folk Festival and Rites of Spring in Nashville.
Northeast Performer calls her "a version of Sarah McLachlan with a switchblade in her shoe," The Boston Globe said she's "like Aretha in the husky vocal turns," and The Cornerstone Player dubbed her "the next meaningful female voice of her generation."
Erin Greene fronts the local rock band, "The Pencils" as lead singer. Erin enjoys playing the guitar and singing out solo as well. Graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelors in Theater and a concentration in costume design, Erin went on to found the local non-profit, Greene Room Productions; Theatre Production and Educational Outreach Inc.