Breast Fest: Old Sea Brigade, Trella, Justin Klump & more
Wednesday, October 18
Doors @ 7:00 PM MST
Show @ 8:00 PM MST
Ages: 18 and Over
Old Sea Brigade
Old Sea Brigade is Atlanta raised, Nashville based singer-songwriter, Ben Cramer. Blending together folk, country, americana, and indie rock, Old Sea Brigade invokes names like Bon Iver, Iron and Wine, and The National. In 2016, after self-releasing his debut EP, Cramer toured the U.S. landing key support slots for Julien Baker, Hiss Golden Messenger and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Later that year he signed with Nettwerk Music Group and began work on his full-length debut. Old Sea Brigade released “Wash Me Away EP” in January 2017, which Clash music called, “Gorgeous, meditative songwriting” with “a sense of Southern gothic.”
Friends, In a world where we can find infinite reasons to become bitter, cynical and jaded, I am challenging you to latch onto hope, joy, and love. The process of writing and recording for my upcoming EP, Vapor, was, is, and continues to be a whirlwind. It has truly taught me the bittersweet nature of despair. In the words of my rockstar mother: “your worst day never lasts forever.” There is an end to what might feel like an endless struggle. Our pain is much like vapor–here for a moment, and disappearing over time, into thin air. Daily, I am motivated by the fleeting nature of time. I am reminded of the importance in being present in each moment you are given-even when life tends to spit out one disappointment after another. Music, for me, has always been my motivator towards hope. Unleashing all of my negative and positive energy towards finding a melody always ends in a perspective change. It motivates me to serve others, and to give hope. The words and melodies of Vapor came from the deepest corners of my heart in the midst of the heaviest despair I have ever experienced. I came back to these songs about a year later and added the hope I feel now that the darkness had subsided. I want every human to know that they are not alone in the pain they have previously experienced or the pain that they are currently flooded with. All humans experience pain to one extreme or another. I feel my job as an artist is to reveal the beauty and hope that can be found in the midst of this pain. You are much more than the hurtful words that other humans have defined you with, and we must wake up every day and remind ourselves this truth. Also, there is something to be said about dancing, having fun, CRASHING down the negative labels that we have been given in the past, and BREAKING out of the roles that were forced upon us. Spreading hope through melody and lyric is my passion. Also, groovin’, dancin’, and having fun. This is why I write, this is why I sing, and this is why I play. Join me in latching onto the hope in what’s ahead.
Justin Klump makes big-hearted folk-pop, filling his songs with a mix of acoustic guitars, sharp hooks and lightly layered arrangements. It’s a sound he’s been carving for years, ever since the Nashville resident kicked off his career in Vancouver, Washington. Since then, Klump has chased down success on his own terms, building up a string of accolades — including a Top 10 debut on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart, a nationwide fanbase, and well-deserved comparisons to songwriters like James Taylor and Damien Rice — with his own self-released albums, promoted without the help of a record label or a booking agent. On his newest album, Justin Klump, he shines a light on the everyday struggle of a life spent both on- and offstage. Songs like “Keep On, Keepin’ On” and “The Night is Young” are optimistic tributes to perseverance in the face of challenge, and “Paper Plane” finds Klump — who’s become both a husband and a father since his debut album — promising to meet his growing responsibilities with a smile, rather than a grimace. “Pictures and Stains” spins a similar story, taking an honest look at the joys and challenges that come with every marriage. The songs on Justin Klump are often quite personal, but there’s a universal element to them, as well. After all, who hasn’t loved? Who hasn’t lost? Klump sings about it all, gluing everything together with the strum of his guitar and the punch and plea of his voice. A road warrior who usually performs his shows alone, Klump gets a little help from his friends this time around, teaming up with producer Andy Hunt to decorate the new songs with arrangements built for the coffeehouse one minute and the rock club the next. At the center of every track, though, are two core ingredients: melody and message. Strip away those arrangements, and the songs still stand proudly. Already years into his career, Klump redefines his sound and approach with his new album. That’s why he chose to simply call it Justin Klump, “It’s my first full length since moving to Nashville,” he explains, “and it almost feels like a reintroduction. I’ve rededicated myself to writing the best songs possible, and using the lyrics as the driving force. I’m writing about my own life, in a way that others can hopefully relate to, as well. It just felt right to self title it.” On the horizon are more records, more songs, more intimate shows from a performer whose touring has taken him from the Aladdin Theater in Portland to the Living Room in New York, opening up for everyone from Matt Nathanson to Tyrone Wells along the way. Justin Klump is the latest pit-stop in an ongoing journey to somewhere bigger and better, and Klump — a self-made songwriter — has never sounded more driven.
Music has been a part of Katie Buxton’s life since the beginning. Her journey in song began with humming in the car before she could talk. Throughout elementary and middle school she was trained in voice and guitar and continued her musical training and experimentation in high school with rock bands, songwriting, and Berklee’s Five Week Performance Program, where she was a finalist in the Songwriting Showcase and received mentorship from singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick and Sally Taylor, songwriter and daughter of James Taylor. Katie moved from her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Nashville, Tennessee in 2014 to attend Belmont University for Songwriting. In the fall of 2015 she was accepted into Belmont’s Bear House Writer Management as well as the ASCAP Writers Showcase and started recording her first EP. She was chosen as a finalist in the 2016 American Songwriting Awards with her song “Painted Hearts”, and in September 2016 played Unify Fest with Trevor Hall and Mike Love. With the release of her single “You Flew”, she was featured as a New & Notable artist on the NoiseTrade homepage, as well as under the site’s Top Downloads. In October 2016, Katie performed as a semi-finalist in the Music City Big Break Concert Series and just a few days later made her debut at the world famous Bluebird Cafe. Katie performs regularly around the Nashville area and has shared the stage with several accomplished artists and songwriters, including ACM Song of the Year winner Natalie Hemby and #1 writer Heather Morgan. Over the past year Katie’s music and purpose have taken shape and her writing has become a tool for spreading love, light, positivity and honesty. Her songs focus on fresh perspectives, as well as the truths found in every experience. She strives to open the minds of her listeners and help them to approach life with more understanding, compassion, and surrender. She is influenced by artists like Trevor Hall and Liz Longley, as well as the experiences and people she meets. Katie’s debut EP, From Songbirds, was released on March 18th, 2016 and can be found on all major music platforms. Her new single “You Flew” was released on August 23rd and is available now everywhere.