JILL McCRACKEN ALBUM RELEASE SHOW! with special guest GRETCHEN KLEMPA of GRETCHEN AND THE PICKPOCKETS
Saturday 8/18 - ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
with special guest GRETCHEN KLEMPA of GRETCHEN AND THE PICKPOCKETS
$10 advance / $12 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:00 show (Gretchen Klempa at 9:00 and Jill McCracken at 10)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/429236390891542/
Join us to celebrate the hometown release of indie soul songstress Jill McCracken's album, "Shake Me Up", with special guest Gretchen Klempa (of Gretchen & The Pickpockets) performing an intimate solo set to open the show!
Indie soul songstress Jill McCrackens forthcoming release, Shake Me Up, is a celebration of feeling anything that shes got on the inside (and theres a lot on the inside), is triumphantly released out into the world. Though Jills songs catch the ear as pop tunes, touching heavily on classic soul and Motown influences, a closer listen lets the audience know that these arent as simple as ABC, 123; theres conflict that lies just beneath the surface of the songs, as nodded to by Jills sweet and savory lyrics. This isnt a masquerade of beauty; its a celebration of Jills honest-to-goodness truth of life and love not only the beautiful, terrible, horrible parts, but especially all the in-betweens.
Shake Me Up boasts soaring silky vocals (Jill McCracken, Mandy Goldman), a pocketed rhythm section (Kevin Ewer, Brendan Duran), tight guitar riffs (Jim Horvath) and a soulful organ & Wurlitzer performance (Jon Petronzio) to create an original potpurri of new and old. The retro shoutout kicks in immediately on the first track, Lovesick Woman, with its undeniable Jackson 5 overtones, then bounces to the modern day influence of Lake Street Dive on Do You?, and back to the Al Green and Aretha Franklin days in the sensual backing vocals and twinkly keys on A Taste of Sweetness.
If you listen closely to this final tune on the album, youll hear waves of Seneca Lake crashing against the shore an homage to the lake house where Jill and her band recorded the album. They were joined for their time on the lake by Nick Bullock of Awake Studios (Nashville), who produced and engineered Shake Me Up, shaping the songs into the soul record that it was meant to be.
Singing her truth is not a standstill moment of internal solitude rather, Jill declares her truth with power, sincerity, and pure delight. She does so with her preferred delivery of movin, groovin and hip-shakin all through her performance.
Funky, swinging, and magnificently soulful, Gretchen & the Pickpockets deliver gold performances...
Ill say it again; I could listen to this girl sing all day long. Gretchen and The Pickpockets album Falling Rising is hands down one of the best Ive heard so far this year.
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The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|