$10 Cover @ the Door / Start 7:30pm / Doors 7pm
A low key evening of heartfelt goodness for your ears.
“Well, as far as I’m concerned Tōmn can go as far off the map he wants because from beginning to end he (and all his talented guest musicians) truly delivers a stellar piece of musical art with this EP.” – Debbie Catalano, The Noise: Rock Around Boston
Tōmn (pronounced “tome”) aka Tony Maiella is a North American musician based in Boston who fuses rock and Brazilian music, unveiling dense and dream-like pop songs. His self-entitled debut has received critical praise from the press and music blogs fueling a host of local shows.
Tōmn’s musical explorations in South America stem from an Italo-Argentine background. His maternal grandparents moved from Italy to Argentina in 1948 where his mother was born. Awaiting U.S. visas, the family lived in Buenos Aires for ten years before moving to Boston. In 2005, Tōmn left his job to backpack for half a year with his guitar. Beginning in Argentina, he explored South America at large, but was drawn to Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. Since then, Tōmn has revisited Rio seven times, most recently in August 2011. Through patience and observation, he learned from Brazilian culture, adopted elements from the musical tradition, and speaks and sings in Portuguese fluently.
Victoria Rios is Singer/Songwriter from San Francisco, California. A Spanish Romani (Gypsy) and member of the Gastoreña family of Flamenco musicians , and born and raised on the left coast of California - her life has been a fusion of music and culture. As the daughter of acclaimed flamenco Guitarist Agustin Ríos, she grew up with rhythm in her ears and a heart wrenching song lulling her to sleep at night. She spent her teenage years immersed in San Francisco's legacy of Beat Poetry, coffee house open mics and spoken word while listening to Billie Holiday, and Simon and Garfunkel, and ultimately finding her niche singing along with Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams tunes.
Treading both of these worlds her own style emerged, 'Lo Suyo' as her flamenco family has called it - her own flavor. She has often been described as Country-Bluesy with a Gypsy voice. Distinctly Gypsy, distinctly San Franciscan, her songs encompass lyric heavy folk tunes sewn with the thread of flamencos tradition of commitment to unfiltered feeling, and stark, honest delivery. A kind of Americana/Cante Jondo. She aims to honor the rich tradition she was born into by writing and performing with as much raw honesty as she can communicate.