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Seating: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm / All Ages
Emma Butterworth grew up in the lap of rock and roll. At home, three generations of Butterworth living rooms have overflowed with music—from singing, to strumming, to turntables spinning out albums from Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac, and John Denver. On the road, Butterworth has spent her twenty-one years dancing and singing along from the front row with her dad’s long-time, hard-touring band.
“Music has been a big part of my life forever, and professionally for the past year,” she says.
“Being a musician is being a different kind of storyteller. I personally don’t like being the center of attention, but I’ve grown up with these stories and songs I want to share.”
Listeners will find those scraps of girlhood longing—plus the wry wisdom of a new generation—on Butterworth’s intricate debut album, “Wild Life,” co-produced and recorded by she and her father in a storeroom in the back of the family basement. Here, Butterworth weaves her own way, one breathy alto lyric at a time.
Her pared-back power vocals dominate Enough & Loved and Work in Progress (penned, incredibly, when she was in middle school). They’re stripped and simple, stitched into melancholy strings and lush piano chords. Dad’s influence and pop sensibilities surface in Take a Little Weight, about temporarily buckling under expectations, both spoken and unspoken.
The album vibrates with energy on the verge of, well, everything. It hits close to home whether it’s how you felt last year, or a lifetime ago.
In her own words:
Word after word
Verse after verse
When worse comes to worst
I’m a work in progress
IAN JAKE ROBLEZA
Ian Jake Robleza is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Aurora, IL. He makes mostly acoustic music, but draws from many different genres (easy rock, rap, indie folk/rock, musical theater, etc.) and hopes to deliver eclectic, energetic, and emotional performances to any audience, no matter the size. From intimate ballads to crowd sing-alongs, he recounts intricate feelings with vulnerability, passion, and a fondness for human connection. His latest single, "Liana", is out now on all streaming platforms, an antecedent to the full EP Ian is working on as we speak!
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