Acoustic folk rules the Lounge

Sep 03, 2014
Heather Styka

Rockland — Rock City Café, 316 Main St., will present live music Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Rock City Cafe's Velvet Lounge series will present Heather Styka Friday night. Chicago-bred, Maine-based songwriter Styka’s tunes have a vintage familiarity that draws inspiration from folk and Tin Pan Alley sounds, but her image-heavy lyrics are as fresh, smart and unexpected as they are hummable. With training as a poet and an actor, Styka is equal parts wordsmith and performer. In addition to numerous songwriting awards, her 2011 Atlantis release “Lifeboats” received critical praise, hitting No. 3 on the national folk charts. Her distinctive guitar style, soulful voice and quirky sense of humor make her performances feel as candid as late night conversation and as comfortable as coming home. Styka’s latest album, “While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet," is due to be released this month

Folk trio Meteora will play the velvet Lounge Saturday evening. Kat Logan and Jim Loney are a singer/songwriter couple from Friendship. Logan has a crystal clear voice and has performed folk, country and blues music throughout New England for the past 20 years. Loney has performed Delta blues and R&B for many years; he also plays Cuban son music and has played with Primo Cubano. They both play guitar and banjo, along with Logan on piano/accordion and Loney on percussion. Will Brown of Lincolnville plays guitar, laud, banjo and percussion, as well as sprints on the cornet. He has recorded with Gordon Bok, Anne Dodson, Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen over many years. Logan also has recorded with Bok; both she and Brown were on the 2009 Grammy-nominated album ““Singing Through The Hard Times — A Tribute to Utah Phillips.”

Meteora is known for tight three part harmonies, as well as their original songs and new arrangements of more traditional songs and tunes.

Rock City’s lunch service extends until closing on music nights. For more information on this and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123 or find it on Facebook.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Meteora features, from left, Will Brown, Kat Logan and Jim Loney.
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