ONCE Somerville presents
Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers
The Claudettes, The Wrong Shapes
Sun, May 20, 2018
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pmONCE Lounge
$12.00 - $15.00
This event is minors under 18 with parent or legal guardian
ONCE Somerville presents Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers
with The Claudettes & the Wrong Shapes
$12 adv/$15 day of show
6:30pm doors/7:30pm showtime
Physical tickets are available at:
A Curated World by Kay McGowan
160 Highland Ave
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–Frank Mathies, Living Blues Magazine
Growing up in the Washington DC area, Erin began learning fingerstyle blues guitar from her dad in her teens. She soon began performing at folk festivals, coffee houses, bars, and parties in the DC area, developing a strong blues guitar and vocal style of her own. Erin relocated to Boston to develop her music career, where she met local blues talents such as Paul Rishell and Susan Tedeschi.
Erin has released two acoustic blues albums, her debut Blues Roots (2002) and an album with her dad – Delta Blues Duets (2008). Both received rave reviews and radio airplay across the United States, as well as at least six European countries and Japan. Erin's soulful vocal style and accomplished finger-picking guitar playing has earned her many fans, including guitar great Ronnie Earl, and she is quickly becoming recognized on the international blues scene. In fact, Erin completed her first European tour in Spring 2014 and is planning to head back overseas very soon.
Like her predecessors Memphis Minnie and Charley Patton, Erin has a wide appreciation of many styles of music, and ventures fearlessly outside the blues to lead her “Other Band”, the electro-funk dance band Lovewhip. Erin has even been known to slip a Lovewhip song into her blues sets, and the dancers don't seem to mind a bit!
New music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UomSubUtNY
What they're saying about the new album:
Billboard -- "The 12-song set... showcases a different lineup of the band, one that's been honed via live performance during the past two years and that showcases vocalist Berit Ulseth. But that's only made the Claudettes' distinct and idiosyncratic blend -- punk, blues, R&B, rockabilly, some jazz -- more potent."
MUSOSCRIBE (Bill Kopp's Music Magazine): The Claudettes – Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium! (Yellow Dog Records)
I liked these guys when they started out, and I think I love them now. I can’t think of another group that combines barrelhouse piano and female chanteuse vocals with heavily-effected electric guitar and slamming drums. The band’s sound is quite difficult to describe, as it seems to draw as much form hard and psychedelic rock as it does from N’awlins piano boogie. If you’re ready for something that’s at once unlike anything else you’ve heard and melodically accessible, you must listen to the Claudettes. They look like a jazz trio and vocalist; they sound not at all like that.
The Second Disc — "The sound is raw and immediate – with a piano, bass guitar and drums core – thanks to the band’s use of vintage equipment and instruments. This Scandal boasts punk spirit, earworm melodies, and a neo-retro sound that’s loaded with appeal."
No Depression -- "I hear touches of Jerry Lee Lewis at his most manic (which fits, considering that Johnny sometimes pounds those keyboards to freaking smithereens), of cinema (some of the vocal overlays are freaky as hell), of rock 'n' roll (and not the standard rock 'n' roll but the rock 'n' roll you might have heard at some of them house parties Chicago and the Deep South are famous for), of multiple genres wrapping around one another until you cannot recognize any one of them. It must be fun as hell to play in this band."
The Vinyl District -- "They’ve been tagged as punk-blues, but on this CD immediately connect as something other/ more than growled out Willie Mabon covers slathered in amp gristle. This is partly due to the piano of founder-constant member Johnny Iguana, who’s played with Junior Wells and Otis Rush. But if steeped in tradition, The Claudettes aren’t a replication (or as said, a mere dirtying up) of it, instead exuding comfort with contemporary motions (Mark Neill produced) as new vocalist Berit Ulseth shines, especially on “Pull Closer to Me” and “Death and Traffic.” Iguana’s skills are fully showcased on the title track. A-"
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143