$10 Cover @ the Door / Start 8pm / Doors 7:30pm
Vibrant performers who lose themselves in storytelling, NYC-based artists Mackenzie Shivers and Jess Clinton are thrilled to bring their blend of folk, rock, and Celtic tunes to The Lilypad. Watching Shivers on piano and Clinton on guitar, it will come as no surprise that both artists picked up instruments before grade school. They steep their confessional songwriting in serious musical chops and occasional siren-like harmonies, carrying the audience along every step of the way.
Jess Clinton pilots a sensuous new cross-roads in American folk-rock: If Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks formed a swamp rock Queendom, Clinton might just be next in succession. Each tune, be it banger or heart-wrencher, rides a Heavy Femme ecosystem of peaks and valleys, dusted with etherial coos and cries of her stunningly versatile vocal instrument. A founder and front woman of the 6-piece Americana force Bellehouse, Clinton's serious sonic arsenal and wry comedic nature prove a captivating combination whether she's joined in camaraderie by her bandmates or shining as a solo artist. Clinton's debut solo album, produced with Grammy-nominee Mike Tierney (Judy Collins and Stephen Stills), is due out in 2019.
Mackenzie Shivers began writing music when she was four years old and started piano lessons when she was five. In her songwriting, she underpins her classical training with an emotional essence that blossom together like bright buds as they bloom atop a proud and prolific tree. Her sophomore album The Unkindness stands like a powerful army, a collection of songs with resilient soldiers on the battle lines fighting against the “unkindness” that appears in the world. Shivers is featured as a producer on the album, which is out February 2019, and it was mastered, engineered, and mixed by Kevin Salem, who has worked with Rachael Yamagata, Bat for Lashes, and Valerie June. Listening to her work leaves you in no doubt that you’ve entered the vibrant and imaginative world of its creator.