The Spark Songwriter Series: Feel Better

The Spark Songwriter Series: Feel Better

Melanie Ida Chopko, KIN, Austin Willacy, Jean Rohe

Tuesday, September 3rd

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

$16 ADV / $20 DOOR (plus fees)

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

The Spark Songwriter Series: Feel Better
Turn off the news and ditch your screens for the night - The Spark Songwriter Series invites you to get soft around the edges, knock knees with a stranger, sing along...and just plain feel better.

Featuring Melanie Ida Chopko, Jean Rohe, KIN and Austin Willacy, the songwriters will play in the round as well as re-mix into duos and trios, each bringing their distinct musical backgrounds of acapella, folk, jazz, and indie rock.
Melanie Ida Chopko
Melanie Ida Chopko
Melanie Ida Chopko writes and performs “wit, acuity and grace," exploring themes of belonging and our relationship both to the natural world and the divine. Crafting lyric and melody into "little jewels," the music is vivid, neo-folk with a big crush on everything else. If Anaïs Mitchell, Nina Simone and Rebecca Solnit were neighbors and spent Sunday evenings together, it might sound like this.

In the tradition of the citizen artist, her writing is as interested in the complexity of the world around her as the one within herself, exploring both with artistry, intimacy and humor.
KIN
KIN
A child of the Pacific at heart, KIN’s latest, Water, is a shimmering invocation of wayfaring ancestors. It’s music for trying to find your place in an ever-shifting world. She weaves South-East Asian percussion with lush electric guitars and unexpected harmonies to create feel good Indie Soul/Pop.

Born in Morocco to Filipino migrants, KIN was raised in Canada, Malawi, Kazakhstan, and Northern California. She is currently based in Oakland, CA.
Austin Willacy
Austin Willacy
Austin Willacy is a veteran member of The House Jacks with whom he has produced 10 full-length albums and completed multiple world tours. For the past 21 years, Austin has directed ‘Til Dawn, Youth in Arts’ award-winning teen a cappella group that empowers youth to find their voices in many ways. Inspired by his youth work, the Apple Store in San Francisco brought him in to do an Apple Music Lab on Finding Your Creative Voice and Songwriting Basics on the iPad.

Austin is also an award-winning singer/songwriter with 4 CD’s and 2 EP’s to his name. His music is soulful and raucous, tender and comic. Austin’s music has been featured on “The Sing Off”, “Road Rules”, an Australian ad campaign and three feature film soundtracks. He won a 2018 Positive Music Award for co-writing the eponymous theme song to “Thrive”, a documentary with over 85 million views, worldwide. He’s appeared in Rolling Stone and has performed with icons such as Bonnie Raitt and up and coming artists like Jem, Vienna Teng, Rachael Yamagata and Amos Lee.

Austin is an organizer and facilitator for YES! and a former board
member for Rainforest Action Network and the Freight & Salvage. He is one of the co-founders of the Black Diaspora Jam, and the Arts for Social Change Jams in the US, Turkey, and India.

Austin even has a side career in soundalike singing voiceovers for games including Guitar Hero and Karaoke Revolution, he’s a renaissance man. But, who cares about all that? Because what really matters is what Bonnie Raitt told him.

“You can really F*ckin’ sing!”
Jean Rohe
Jean Rohe
Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. Her latest record as a bandleader, Sisterly, produced by longtime collaborator Liam Robinson, is a collection of songs about communication and missed connections, and tackles topics from love, lust, and longing to prisons, police violence, and migration.

She is perhaps best known for her much-covered 2012 video single, “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” an aspirational alternative national anthem performed with choir and brass ensemble. Her award-winning 2013 release Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show was hailed by an Elmore Magazine reviewer as “enchanting” and “remarkable in so many ways I can think of no comparison.”

Jean tours regularly with Robinson & Rohe, her rootsy songwriting duo with Liam Robinson, and continues work on a performance memoir, The Odysseus Agreement, for which she's received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, and others. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.