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Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
The Axe and Fiddle
Cottage Grove, OR
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Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
Laura  Cortese  wears  many  hats:  fiddler,  singer,  songwriter,  multi-instrumentalist,  bandleader.  But  above  all,  she  is  an  instigator  of  creativity  and  a  builder  of  community  wherever  she  goes.  After  wending  her  way  from  California  to  Boston,  founding  a  music  camp  and  a  festival,  and  playing  and  singing  with  scores  of  artists,  she  assembled  the  Dance  Cards:  a  quartet  of  singing  string  players.  Their  original  music  is  based  in  the  lyrical  rituals  of  folk  while  exploring  new  territories  of  rhythm  and  sonics.  At  first  glance,  the  band  may  resemble  a  string  quartet    there  are  no  guitars  to  be  found.  But  from  the  moment  Cortese  kicks  off  the  title  track  of  her  album  CALIFORNIA  CALLINGwith  angular,  percussive  strumming  and  a  powerfully  sultry  vocal,  its  clear  that  this  is  something  else.  This  is  post-folk  that  seriously  rocks.  The  Dance  Cards  sound  moves  seamlessly  from  gauzy,  ethereal  vocal  harmonies  (The  Low  Hum)  to  rowdy  indie-rock  percussion  (Stockholm)  to  propulsive  fiddle  melodies  directly  from  Appalachia  or  Scotland  (Swing  &  Turn).  Their  lyrics  deftly  explore  heartbreak,  independence,  and  the  restless  search  for  a  home  in  the  world.  Its  pop  music  at  heart,  born  from  the  roots  tradition  and  traveling  the  roads  of  70s  California,  but  now  planted  firmly  in  the  post-genre  modern  day.  On  the  bands  Compass  Recordsdebut  album,  CALIFORNIA  CALLING,  the  bands  indie  sensibility  comes  to  the  fore  with  the  support  of  producer  Sam  Kassirer,  known  for  his  work  with  pop  favorites  Lake  Street  Dive  and  indie  string-band  Joy  Kills  Sorrow.  The  songs  inventive,  textural  string  arrangements  are  complimented  by  a  piano  here,  a  synth  there,  even  a  glass  harmonica,  but  never  overpowered.  The  vocals  and  strings  are  spacious  and  dreamy  one  minute,  immediate  and  powerful  the  next.  Its  no  wonder  that  fRoots  Magazine  described  the  album  as  an  absolute  winner  ...  skilled,  heartfelt  writing,  gorgeous  performances  and  a  sense  of  vision.Before  forming  the  Dance  Cards,  Laura  Corteses  career  included  stints  as  an  instrumentalist  with  Band  of  Horses,  Pete  Seeger,  Rose  Cousins,  Jocie  Adams  (of  the  Low  Anthem),  and  Uncle  Earl.  The  collective  credits  among  the  Dance  Cards  exist  on  a  broad  continuum  from  Darol  Anger  to  Amanda  Palmer,  from  the  symphony  to  prog  rock,  and  even  into  protest  music  like  Pete  Seeger  and  Michael  Franti.  The  band  has  leaned  towards  protest  music  themselves:  they  assembled  a  group  of  65+  women  and  femmes  of  all  ages,  races,  and  nationalities  for  their  Pace  Myself  music  video,  which  both  exposes  and  defies  the  ways  in  which  the  world  tries  to  keep  women  down.  They  have  also  twice  served  as  U.S.  State  Department  cultural  ambassadors,  traveling  to  India,  Kazakhstan,  Uzbekistan,  Bangladesh,  Ukraine,  Estonia,  Montenegro  and  Greece  to  exchange  musical  traditions  and  foster  cultural  understanding.  The  band  has  toured  and  performed  at  premier  festivals  throughout  the  United  States,  Canada,  the  UK,  Europe,  and  Scandinavia.  Laura  Cortese  &  the  Dance  Cards  is  a  band  who  draws  inspiration  from  diverse  experiences,  communities,  and  musical  traditions,  melding  them  into  a  refined  sound  thats  broad-minded  but  clear-eyed.  Its  not  a  string-band,  not  a  string  quartet,  not  an  a  cappella  group  or  indie  band,  but  somehow  all  of  those  at  once,  all  while  staying  firmly  rooted  in  an  identity  as  folk  instrumentalists.  Its  adventurous  and  complex  music  delivered  with  power  and  heart.

Location

The Axe and Fiddle (View)
657 E Main St
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
United States

Categories

Music > Folk

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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