Willie Nile, Amy Rigby

Fernando Pinto Presents:

Willie Nile

Amy Rigby

No Line North

Fri, August 11, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is 21 and over

Willie Nile - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Willie Nile
The New York Times called Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.”

Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises. His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on over one hundred year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.”

In November 2014 he released an album of piano-based songs, If I Was A River, to universal critical acclaim. “One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past thirty years” said The New Yorker. No Depression raved “Willie Nile’s artistic renaissance continues unabated.”

His 2016 album World War Willie appeared on numerous year end top ten lists as did hid his live shows. As American Songwriter said "Nile cranks up the volume and tears into these tunes with the same hunger, passion and exuberance he displays in his legendary sweat-soaked shows." World War Willie was voted “Album Of The Year” by Twangville Magazine and the song Forever Wild was named “Coolest Song In The World” by Little Steven's Underground Garage.

Willie has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: “His live performances are legendary.” He is currently touring worldwide on the release of his critically acclaimed album World War Willie while working on his highly anticipated 11th studio album of Bob Dylan songs set to be released June 23, 2017.
Amy Rigby - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Amy Rigby
Renowned songwriter Amy Rigby’s upcoming fifth album, Little Fugitive, finds the singer, who began her solo career as the Mod Housewife, bringing it all back home. Hailed for her keen eye and sharp wit in tracing the vagaries and victories of modern romance, her new Signature Sounds release finds Rigby promising "I Don't Want To Talk About Love No More." But, of course, she does - getting to the heart of the matter and the heart of the punch line in due course.

For the making of Little Fugitive, Rigby returned to New York City, where she emerged as a solo artist in 1996 with Diary Of A Mod Housewife, a critically acclaimed album that prompted Spin magazine to declare her "Songwriter of the Year" and was voted No. 8 in the annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. "It felt like home," she explains. "Going back to New York was like putting back together the pieces of my past and wondering, who am I going be for the rest of my life?"

Rigby co-produced the album with her longtime guitarist Jon Graboff, leading the band of players through a whirlwind two day recording session. "We just sat down, went over a list of songs and talked about what we were going to do, and then went in the next day and did it," she recalls. "It was a great experience. Time seemed to expand and contract to allow us to do what we needed to do. I just enjoyed every minute of it."

The result is a collection that continues to prove Rigby to be the ultimate rock girl next door – strong-willed, sharp-tongued and ready to wrestle you to the barroom floor. Yet it also reflects the wisdom of a grown woman who has made her mark as a consummate artist, penning songs with an emotional honesty and rare incisive humor. And on Little Fugitive, Rigby feels free to color in the songs with stylistic splashes from bright folk chords to stomping rock and 60’s psychedelia.

Rigby grew up in Pittsburgh but ended up in New York soon enough, attending art school amidst the fertile downtown scene of the late 1970s. She describes herself as a "casual listener" before happening upon CBGB’s, the legendary punk rock club on the Bowery. "That was the turning point," she explains. "Suddenly, I was more actively involved with music. I was a part of a scene. And music became the motivating force in my life." She revisits that heady time on "Dancing With Joey Ramone." "It was a dream I had, one of those dreams that felt like it was happening, like maybe it did happen. I got up and immediately wrote the song."

By the early 1980s, Rigby had taken up the guitar and was writing songs, playing and singing with her brother and some friends in Last Roundup, an urban country string band that recorded an album for Rounder Records, toured the U.S., and was a precursor of the Americana movement a decade later. She followed that with another group, the all female folk-pop trio The Shams, who released an album and EP on the trendsetting Matador label. And she married and had a child.

Marriage, motherhood and divorce informed her solo debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife (produced by former Cars guitarist Elliot Easton). It earned her considerable musical acclaim as well as becoming a text for women's studies courses, marking Rigby as a musical voice for thoroughly modern women (and the men that love them).

She has since built a catalog of releases that are "all terrific," according to Robert Christgau, the "Dean of American Rock Critics." Along the way, Rigby moved to Nashville, had her songs have been covered by rock legend Ronnie Spector, They Might Be Giants/John Flansburgh, Laura Cantrell, Jonell Mosser and Maria Doyle Kennedy, and drew comparisons to exalted songwriters like Elvis Costello and Richard Thompson. The Chicago Reader simply hails Rigby as an artist with "no peer on the current pop scene."

Her canny perspective on contemporary womanhood has also resonated beyond records and the live performance stage. She was the keynote speaker at the 1999 conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, organized and moderated a "Rock Parenting 101" panel for the South By Southwest Music & Media Conference, and has spoken and performed at such diverse events as the Southern Festival of Books and the 2000 Rockrgrl convention in Seattle.

Now with Little Fugitive, Rigby tops herself again. Its title comes from the groundbreaking 1953 independent film by Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin, and reflects her view of herself, at age 46, as a traveling troubadour performing across North America and Europe. It also finds Rigby at a fulcrum in her personal and artistic development, considering both where she has been and where she is now headed. This juncture of past and future is indicated on the album by the presence of such back-up singers as her former band mates in The Shams and her 16-year-old daughter Hazel, a budding musical talent in her own right.

As the album closes with "The Things You Leave Behind" - the first cover song Rigby has recorded, written by Patti Smith consort Lenny Kaye - one can sense Rigby's creativity pondering new challenges beyond the series of peaks on her five solo albums. It takes but a listen to Little Fugitive to hear that it's the work of a masterful and original musical artist in full bloom.
No Line North - (Set time: 11:59 PM)
No Line North
No Line North’s broad influences and instrumentation work their way into a uniquely unified sound that runs the spectrum from distorted garage rock to orchestral quiet folk. Incorporating violin, loop pedals, vibraphones, distorted guitars and a driving rhythm section, NLN cultivates sizzling, psychedelic folk rock rooted in sonic fields of love.

The band was founded by John Gage (drums, vibraphone, marimba, percussion) and Jon Schlesinger (vocals, guitar, banjo, lap steel) in early 2008 after the two were introduced at a Sonic Youth show. What began as an experimental recording project evolved into a full band with the addition of Taralyn Bulyk (violin) and John Leonard (bass, guitars, vocals). The band started playing shows under the name Closely Watched Trains, sharing stages with P.G. Six, Jesse Malin, The Furors, Mountain Movers, Ttotals, Lys Guillorn, and experimental rocksters Myty Konkeror. The band has also had the privilege of gracing a few festival stages.

The band released their eponymous debut Closely Watched Trains through Twin Lakes Records to much critical acclaim. The New Haven Register proclaimed it the best local release of the year, describing it as “An amazing blend of ebullient folk and rock... a killer disc that features many songs perfect for a Wes Anderson film.” Music blog CTIndie called it “flawless,” while The Big Takeover described it as “fresh and inspired.”

Since then the band has been playing shows and woodshedding while finishing their second record, Farther Out Beyond Today, which will be released in the coming months under the new NLN moniker. Stay tuned.