June 27, 2019

Lizzie No + Queen Esther at Mercury Lounge, 8/25

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Lizzie No “Vanity” Release Show
opening act: Queen Esther
Mercury Lounge
217 E. Houston St.
Tickets: $12 advance/$15 at the door

Lizzie No: Building on the songwriting prowess displayed in her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Hard Won,’ Lizzie No is unsparing in the stories she tells on her new album ‘Vanity,’ out August 2. The nine songs on ‘Vanity’ are epic tales of ego, featuring narrative shifts within vividly crafted characters. No embodies characters ranging from a self-obsessed fuckboy in “Narcissus” (which Rolling Stone called a “crisp alt-rock gem”) to a broke songwriter waiting for her big break in “Pity Party,” to a bitter and isolated rocker on “Loyalty” who rants that the crowd has left him behind. Inventive arrangements written in collaboration with co-producer Nick Rapley elevate the record to shimmering heights, alternating between swaggering grooves and intimate clarity. Lizzie has showcased at Americanafest, SXSW, and as a featured soloist at the Louisville Orchestra’s Festival of American Music. She is also a winner of the American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest.

Queen Esther: Imported from South Carolina’s Lowcountry and the ATL respectively, vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer Queen Esther performs internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects — including a recent European tour with his iconic free jazz group Odyssey — as she forges her own sonic path. Paste describes her most recent Black Americana album The Other Side (2015) as – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year,” while Vanity Fair goes further, saying “This album is amazing. And very difficult to classify. Can you imagine a black Lucinda Williams? Not like when she plays the blues torn from her first albums, no. A black Lucinda Williams in pop, rhythm, blues and even gender roots Americana. So it sounds, if you can imagine such a hodgepodge somehow, the latest album from this brutal, original, explosive singer.” Queen Esther has showcased at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, David Rubenstein Atrium + Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Folk Festival, National Sawdust, the Uncharted Music Series at The Greenwich School, American Folk Art Museum and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Recent highlights include a Black Americana performance at the 2018 Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Ill and a TED Talk about the erasure of African-Americans in country and bluegrass. She also received an Honorable Mention (lyrics) from International Songwriting Competition.

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