The Smile Makers
The Smile Makers is the musical brain-child of Eric Donaldson and Nicole Sutka. These multifaceted musicians draw influences from funk, folk, ska, bluegrass, and alt-rock. Their original music mixes seamless vocal harmonies with poetically crafted lyrics to create songs and performances that have been reviewed as "hauntingly beautiful."
"When it comes to the Smile Makers, everything is unexpected. The music is intricate, delicate and sometimes a little dark. A song such as 'Only Satellites' moves slowly, allowing you to sink into its spare vocals and desolate acoustic guitar. It's gorgeous. Other songs, such as 'Broken in Two,' have a sort of old-school, lyric-driven country edge. It's a fine whiskey of a song, and like good whiskey, can leave you a little messed up and weepy. Each song creates its own vibe, and the "group" plays with dynamics and vocal harmonies that are just captivating. This is some serious, serious music, and that's something to smile about." - Victor D. Infante (Worcester Telegram & Gazette 2012)
As the band makes smiles, audiences enjoy musical nuances and instrumental gems, encapsulating intense experiences with melodies that conjure both hope and foreboding. The cross-genre influences and complex rhythmic song structures puts them in a musical genre all their own. This group is not all cute and cuddly, their softer side is well-balanced with rip-rocking tunes and roaring bass lines that will make you want to get up and dance, they will keep you excited and wanting more. The Smile Makers is an act worth searching out.
Members: Eric Donaldson - vox, guitars, ukelele, harmonica, Nicole Sutka - vox, bass guitars, flute, recorders, piano Jeff Macdonell - electric guitars
Sounds Like: Ray Lamontagne, Fleetwood Mac, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello
St. John's Coffeehouse Concerts (View)
74 Pleasant Street
Arlington, MA 02476
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
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