A cappella, Americana in Velvet

Mar 29, 2013

Rockland — On Friday, April 5, Rock City Cafe's Velvet Lounge series will present ImproVox, an experimental vocal ensemble that offers an  enticing mix of jazz, new folk, world music and original works. On Saturday, April 6, the Velvet Lounge will welcome back Silent Sam & The Evans, formerly Papadello. The music will run 5 to 7 p.m. both days at Rock City Cafe, 316 Main St.

Edgy improvisations spice up ImproVox’s five-part harmonies with totally out-of-the-box, spontaneous movements of a cappella music. Performances are filled with songs of mirth, heart and merriment; audience members may be invited (never required) to join in. Deb Hensley, Kathy Slack, Fred White, Matt Loosigian And Martin Swinger have studied with international vocalists Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, Ysaye Barnwell and Moira Smiley.

Silent Sam & The Evans’ music is steeped in the sounds of traditional folk and blues with a modern pop sensibility. The band's melodies are infectious, and the have a highly rhythmic take on the Americana sound. Based in Portland, the band is led by singer/songwriter Evan Chase, whose introspective lyrics and varied influences help to create something entirely new in the folk and blues tradition.

As usual, there is no cover charge; however, tipping the performers is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123.

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

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