Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery, Ellisa Sun, Ian Steinberg

Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery

Ellisa Sun

Ian Steinberg

Wed, May 3, 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery
Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery
Everyone knows that people go to Florida to die, but fewer people know that there are people who get born there too. Caught between the dualistic disenchanting scenes of Buffet cover bands and high school hardcore, a young Joshua Powell transplanted to the Midwest in pursuit of education and new art.

Now a loudening voice in the Indiana independent music community, Powell has carved out a niche in his new home by setting his hyper-literate lyrics to broad swaths of psych-folk and shedding the vocal affectations of a varied past.

The Great Train Robbery was born in Anderson, IN and named for a 1903 Western. The band serves as a revolving door of collaborating musicians to underscore Powell’s evolving craft and has independently released two EPs and two full-lengths since their inception in 2011. In the wake of the Appalachian-tinged folk record Man Is Born for Trouble, Joshua departed on a Kerouacian gypsy spree, touring back and forth across the country, playing six nights a week, and living in an old minivan. When he eventually returned to the Indiana town that molded his art, he laid down fibrous roots and refocused his energies into becoming a regional staple. Here, he began funneling his collected experiences into his most ambitious record yet, the newly-released Alyosha: a psychedelically-tinged electric folk album, spiritually informed by classic Russian literature and pressed to vinyl. Evoking comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Neil Young, No Depression described Powell’s sound as “lushly-composed chamber folk…revival-in-the-river folk mysticism.”

As Powell and his transiently shifting backing band have extrapolated this sound, they have played over 400 shows, opened for such national acts as Mike Mains & the Branches, Seabird, and The Soil & the Sun, and played festivals like Indy Folk Fest (IN), Starry Night (IN,) Midpoint Music Fest (OH), and Lincoln Calling (NE). When Powell’s not sweet-talking the interstate, he can be found at the local dive bar reading Hesse or Brautigan and scribbling potential poems.
Ellisa Sun
Ellisa Sun
A California surfer girl at heart, Ellisa Sun was raised in Seal Beach, California, where she was exposed to a variety of musical genres because of her musical family, who always had a records playing in the background. Whether it was folk singer songwriters like Joni Mitchell or John Mayer, funky bands like Earth, Wind, and Fire, or sexy R&B artists like Sade, Ellisa always sought out the tunes that most appealed to her and would lose herself in them. Ellisa has been singing since the age of 9 and playing guitar since the age of 15, but was always too afraid to sing in front of people. She did not begin writing original songs and performing until she moved to San Francisco at the age of 23. Ellisa began songwriting and singing as a form of therapy and storytelling, using her words and voice to release mental and emotional energy. When she formed her band with drums, upright bass, lead guitar and saxophone, her sound grew richer and fuller--incorporating Jazz, Soul, and R&B with Rock and Folk undertones. Ellisa aims to draw parallels to Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones, and Lauryn Hill.
Ian Steinberg
Ian Steinberg
Ian Steinberg was raised in Northampton, MA. His entrance into music started with classical piano at the age of nine. From there he picked up the guitar at summer camp and began writing his own music. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2015, he moved to Oakland, California. To the Bay Area he brings his passionate lyrics, driving guitar, and a need to positively impact the community. He has been compared to the likes of Neil Young and Dr. Dog, and is heavily influenced by artists such as The Tallest Man on Earth and Neutral Milk Hotel. Look for his "Folk Songs EP" on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, and more!
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/