MAHALL'S APARTMENT // JUNE 14
Doors at 7, show at 8
Donations at the door ♥
Join us for a beautiful night of music in one of CLE's best DIY spaces! Brilliant singer/songwriter Boo Lee Crosser, super-awesome-energetic-duo The Baker's Basement, and Emily Keener (some gal with a bunch of new tunes for ya).
***event page art by Gracie Keener***
THE BAKER'S BASEMENT
The Baker's Basement is a multi-genre musical duo that hails from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in the summer of 2012, Kate Dedinsky captains a miniature, homemade, percussive drum set that they call the «tempeh kit» while Adam Grindler mans the acoustic guitar. Both members share singing responsibilities, often bouncing phrases back and forth and interweaving harmonies. A performance by the Baker's Basement includes original compositions filled with scrumptious flavors of folk, rock, jazz, blues, funk, and experimental music. Expect a lively presentation of music that sings with varying speed, humor, and emotional complexity.
Cleveland based singer/songwriter Emily Keener is a craftswoman of emotion, and her take on alternative folk is somewhere between Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Eliott Smith. Reflective and evocative, Emily’s music is a mirror and a magnifying glass, and she delivers her lyrics with a presence that resembles conversations in dimly lit living rooms.
Keener’s emergence into artistry was more of a fateful stumble, and the difference between each early release exhibits a quick wising-up: from the Folk/Americana EP «East of the Sun» (March 2015) to her latest full length, «Breakfast», (November 2016) following a successful run on The Voice. Music Connection called Breakfast “warm, pleasant and smart”, deeming Keener “a born communicator.” In 2017, she received No Depression’s Singer/Songwriter Award. 2018 finds her writing and recording her upcoming LP.
BOO LEE CROSSER
Ohio native Tom Vasey, aka Boo Lee Crosser, was born in 1993. His earliest musical influences were the soundtrack from “Cool Hand Luke”, songs by Bob Marley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Neil Young. As a teen he studied the great blues artists like Robert Johnson and Son House, and while also becoming obsessed with the sound of punk bands from the early 1980s. Townes Van Zandt and Chris Knight inspired him to try songwriting, after a chance encounter to hear Van Zandt as part of the film The Big Lebowski.
While attending Bowling Green State University he played three open mics a week, which led to gigs all around Bowling Green, Kent, and Cleveland. At this time, the music he was listening started to shift into a new direction. Starting with country music singer Hank III, Tom started to discover acts associated with the Muddy Roots Music Festival, and began listening to the music of Willy Tea Taylor, Scott H. Biram, and Possessed by Paul James. Close friend and former president of the Roots Music Club Mike Bryce helped Tom record his first self produced CD entitled “Folk Song Singing Cliche'”. Tom was also featured on three Roots Music Club albums in his time with the club, using many of these new inspirations as the framework for his own songwriting.
While recording for the Roots Music Club's 2016 CD project, Tom was offered the chance to record a second album for Northwest Ohio independent label Marmite Records. This collection of songs includes strong solo performances and songs backed by notable jazz and session musicians, including but not limited to New York bassist Ray Parker, Ann Arbor Michigan drummer Pete Siers, and Toledo Ohio drummer Byron Harris Jr.
Following the release of “New Bedford” in July 2017, Tom continued to make music and strive to make music his career. He now plays in a band called Freight Street with Flannery Murnen, JP Stebal, Devonte Stovall, and Kathleen Schnerer. The solo act is still going on, with Tom planning to make yet another album of completely different sounding music in the next two years.