Round 74: Laura Gibson, Tomo Nakayama, Johanna Kunin, poets, painters
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Seattle, WA
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Round 74: Laura Gibson, Tomo Nakayama, Johanna Kunin, poets, painters
Slam Poets: Marita Isabel (Seattle Poetry Slam),
Shaun Salas (Youthspeaks)
Live Painters: Cyndee Baldwin, Fritha Strand-Davern

Special thanks to 4Culture for supporting the Abbey's summer programs.

Well, we've really got something special in store for this show! Weather permitting we'll be doing a community BBQ 6:30-8:00 outside on the Abbey patio (BYO grilling items, we'll provide the rest), and then possibly some music outside in a secret/epic sunset location, then back to the Abbey for the main show. Sunset is about 9:00pm FYI. Just be to the Abbey by 8pm and you'll be fine (or look for signs & clues!).

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All ages, mostly seated, 6:30 potluck/doors open, 8:30-10:30 show
$8 advance, $10 door
Thanks for supporting the artists (especially these folks traveling from Portland!)

About Laura Gibson:

- From Portland Oregon
- Has toured with Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Portland Cello Project, Rocky Votolato, many more

"Late last year this Oregon singer-songwriter released If You Come To Greet Me(Hush), a short, quiet, tantalizing debut. The best songs, like "Hands in Pockets," unspool slowly but not tentatively, nudged forward by Ms. Gibson's smoky voice and not-quite-hopeless lyrics..."  Kalefah Sanneh, New York Times

"A real find from the (SXSW) festival's less-hyped margins, Laura Gibson sounds a bit like Jolie Holland, another winsome folksinger with an ear for barren, timeless music. "Hands in Pockets" is downright perky compared to some of Gibson's If You Come to Greet Me, but the song, the album and the singer all radiate approachability and warmth."  NPR

"And just when it seems the bucolic beauty might become overwhelming, Gibson reels off the jaunty, Jolie Holland-ish "Small Town Parade" and the slyly humorous "Country, Country." Not since Canned Heat's "Going Up the Country" has fleeing the city sounded so right." Dan Strachota, SF Weekly

About Tomo Nakayama:

- singer/multi-instrumentalist for the band Grand Hallway

"Whether pushing back against despair ("Oh Yes [Stay Alive My Dear]") or marveling at new life ("Roscoe [What a Gift]"), they illuminate the small details of monumental events with fluid piano passages, finger-picked acoustic guitar, judicious strings, and hushed vocal harmonies." - The Stranger

"Tightly wound and beautifully arranged. Nakayama's compositional instincts are, as on Promenade, impressive and surprising." -

"Expansive, well-crafted set of orchestral folk-pop, with dynamic, beautifully textured song arrangements." - KEXP 90.3FM

NPR - 6/10/10 Favorite Sessions & 12/21/09 Top New Discoveries of 2009
KEXP - Top Albums of 2009
"Raindrops (Matsuri)" on's Best Songs of 2009

About Bright Archer (Johanna Kunin):

"The one that will get the same kind of buzz soon enough is Bright Archer - a.k.a. Johanna Kunin. Her songs feel a little fuller and more indebted to a chamber-pop sound, but are just as powerful and emotionally stirring." Robert Ham, Willamette Week (September, 2010)

"Kunin's music speaks volumes through understatement, her hushed vocals wrapped up in stark piano chords, gently brushed drums, and elegant electronic flourish. "Less is more" doesn't work for everyone, but Kunin does it with a tempered lusciousness that's mesmerizing." Jonathan Zwickel, The Stranger (January, 2008)

"KCRW darling Johanna Kunin studied improvisational jazz, avant-garde chord structures and experimental classical music while at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts. But her early piano lessons with Grandma back in chilly Minnesota may have influenced her even more strongly. Surely both aesthetic tangents helped to develop the schizophrenic allure and warm-hearted complexity that underlie her strange pop creations. Kunin's competent stride was forged by Chan Marshall's aching brilliance and the Fiery Furnaces' Blueberry Boat era, lyrical bad-dream designs, but Kunin's got her own thing going on too without a doubt. Wendy Gilmartin, LA Weekly (Rock Picks; June, 2009)


Fremont Abbey Arts Center
4272 Fremont Ave North
Seattle, WA 98103
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Visual
Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Music > Indie
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!