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Live From Home with Milo Greene and Kat Edmonson

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:30pm

A benefit evening with California collective Milo Greene and Texan singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson.

Milo Greene is a collection of voices that live and breathe simultaneously with the breadth of an omniscient, collective consciousness. The melodies invoke long drives down the California coast and the feeling of leaving home. There is something meditative about it, as though it asks to be listened to alone and given one’s full attention. Guitar lines swell and recede as ocean waves would. A slight dissonance can be sensed underneath a seemingly passive exterior; a tension can be found in passing tones that evoke jazz harmony and the sense of waiting for something really big to happen, a sense of growing inevitably older while grasping at the threads of youth. The themes explored on Milo Greene’s Chop Shop/Atlantic Records debut are timeless: a quest for permanence, a longing for virtue, a need for reciprocity in all that is good, like on the album’s first single, the enchanting “1957.” “When, when, when we’re older / Can I still come over?” the band asks in “Silent Way,” looking hopefully into the future. It’s a future less daunting when faced with the strong bond imagined in the song “Don’t You Give Up on Me,” with its solemn vow “I’ll go wherever you go.” Those songs, along with the embraceable “Autumn Tree” and “Cutty Love” embody the simple notion that, not unlike the way the quintet makes music, we are all in this together. “We all long to be comforted and secure,” Arnett says. “If our music sounds nostalgic, it’s for the times in our lives we felt that way. If we sound hopeful, it’s because we want to feel that way again.”

“Fresh as a spring bouquet” (The New York Times), Kat Edmonson seemingly came out of nowhere in 2009 to take the Austin, TX music scene by storm. Her self-released 2009 debut album Take To the Sky hit the top 20 on Billboard’s jazz charts, adding enough juice that she found herself playing gigs with Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. A musical kinship with Lyle led to a high-profile duet on the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” which the pair performed together on tour as well as on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On her tour with Lovett, Kat opened nightly, performing songs on which she’d begun writing and working. This set the stage for Way Down Low, her second record and first to include her original material. Determined to see through her creative vision and maintain control, Kat funded Way Down Low through a Kickstarter campaign. The LP is now being called “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard” (The Boston Globe) and “a welcome antidote to these frantic times” (Texas Monthly). Despite its humble beginnings, Way Down Low recently debuted #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and has since landed Kat features on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and an upcoming taping on Austin City Limits Live.

$20 tickets guarantee admission but not seating. Seating is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Doors will open at 7:30PM. Show begins at 8:00PM.
All ticket sales benefit the Housing Works mission of fighting to end AIDS and homelessness.

Online ticket sales are now closed. There will be tickets available at the door, and at the bookstore at 126 Crosby Street, between Houston and Prince, in Soho.

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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

The first member to email membership@housingworks.org will receive a free pair of general admission tickets.

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