Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

Stairwell Sisters Evie Ladin & Lisa Berman

Tuesday, October 24th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$16 ADV / $20 DOOR

All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Laura Cortese
Laura Cortese
Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards have a vision for their band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Their new album California Calling comes out on October 6th. On their CD release tour, Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and Zoe Guigueno (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese's poignant and powerful singing. For their forthcoming album, the band is exploring their special and less common instrumentation with the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow.

The new record has a wide emotional and sonic scope. The four voices are just as much instruments as they are providers for lyric and harmony. At times its rowdy, delicate and cinematic. The result is a sound that can start as a string band, and morph into a string quartet, female acappella group, or indie band; all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.
Stairwell Sisters Evie Ladin & Lisa Berman
Stairwell Sisters Evie Ladin & Lisa Berman
Banjo player, singer, songwriter, percussive-dancer, choreographer and square-dance caller, Evie grew up steeped in traditional folk music/dance, and brings a contemporary vision to her compositions and choreography. Evie’s performances, recordings and teaching reconnect Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions, and have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Lincoln Center, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Celtic Connections. She has taken home ribbons in folk song from Mt Airy, NC Fiddler’s Convention, and Neo-Trad Band from the Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop, WV. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours with Keith Terry and the Evie Ladin Band; and has produced 6 CDs and two instructional DVDs. In the percussive dance world, she is Executive Director of the International Body Music Festival, directs the moving choir MoToR/dance and is an ace freestyle flatfooter. In the trad world, Evie teaches banjo and harmony singing at the infamous Freight & Salvage, online at Peghead Nation and numerous camps. In the songwriter world, she just writes great songs. A highly entertaining performer, Evie enjoys facilitating arts learning in diverse communities.

Lisa Berman is a multi-instrumentalist (dobro/slide, banjo, guitar), vocalist, and songwriter in the old-time and folk vein. Her years of studying Congolese dance and drum also inform her music-making. Lisa performed and toured with The Stairwell Sisters (which included Evie Ladin, for 12 years), and continues to play and record with the genre-bending old-time string band, The Crooked Jades (going on 20+ years). She has performed around the world on stages, such as: A Prairie Home Companion, Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center, Strawberry Music Festival, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Lisa is also featured on Kenny Feinstein’s “Loveless: Hurts to Love” (an acoustic re-make of My Bloody Valentine’s album), and in “Bright Land” (a Crooked Jades + Kate Weare Co. collaboration—old-time music meets modern dance). Lisa grew up in a musical home with living room gatherings and was "dragged" to many bluegrass & old-time festivals as a child by her banjo-playing dad. Eventually, she couldn’t resist the call. By day, Lisa is an art-director/graphic designer/photographer.