This Little Underground: Orlando Music News covers live music
Chuck Ragan & the Camaraderie, Jonny Two Bags, Bartender Brian proposes, Spies on Bikes, Giraffage, Marble, Kattya Graham, Leo Aether
Published: May 7, 2014
Marble’s more impressionistic soundscaping is an excellent place to underscore how much of a boon visuals are for shows like this (read: knob-twiddling and button-mashing, not a lot of physicality). The importance of that component ranges from welcome complement to saves-the-day bailout. I’ve seen some experimental electronic shows that would’ve made me flatline were it not for the visual rescue of Broken Machine Films. For his effective live video mixing during Marble’s set, Guillermo Casanova (RIA’s go-to visual guy) deserves due credit.
But one producer-type who can fly without that help is Giraffage, whose active, fleet-fingered live work was impressive. And musically, the guy kicks it pretty hard. Tastefully repurposing some near-classic mainstream songs with big energy and major low-end sickness, his jams are fresh R&B pump-ups for the underground beat scene.
Through the touring, heavyweight event-makers they bring here, local avant-minded music presenting group the Civic Minded 5 was ultimately my gateway to the amazing Timucua White House venue (timucua.com). But I’ve long wanted to get a taste of the more typical shows that happen practically every Sunday at this community treasure and haven of art, so I went in uninitiated to see a couple of Spanish-language singer-songwriters (April 27). Headliner Leo Aether, perhaps known best from Urbe Prima, showed a youthful folk heart that’s fueled by passion, hot blood and somewhat overcooked pop and rock tendencies.
But local billmate Kattya Graham was a nice discovery. Her lovely performance was the star of the night. Though her launch point is the Mexican folk tradition, she’s not necessarily a strict revivalist. Her songs are just simple grace and sweet soul-mining – the very essence of folk music.
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