The Staves – Tickets – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR – February 18th, 2017

The Staves

Monqui Presents

The Staves

Mikaela Davis

Saturday February 18

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

$15.00

This event is all ages

The Staves
The Staves
2015 was a stellar year for the three Watford sisters, and arguably the best is still to come. Following the widespread global acclaim for the Justin Vernon produced 'If I Was', The Staves enjoyed a fantastic summer of festivals, with a standout performance on The Park Stage at Glastonbury. They were announced as the special guests on Florence and the Machine's sold-out arena tour of the UK, where they wowed Florence's broad audiences. The Staves finished the year with their own UK tour, including their largest headline show to date at Londons Roundhouse. 2016 will see the band taking 'If I Was' on the road again on a headline tour of North America, in addition to a string of festival dates on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mikaela Davis
Mikaela Davis is the kind of songwriter who routinely defies expectations. The 23 year-old artist is a composer of striking maturity. Her arrangements deftly combine elements of psychedelic rock, folk and chamber pop, and her vocals display a wisdom and a ruefulness that belie her years. Davis' instrument of choice is the harp, which she has played since she was eight years old, right about the time she could actually get her hands around the instrument. A native of Rochester, New York, she spent her formative years in youth orchestras rather than in garage bands and later earned a degree from the Crane School of Music.

Though Davis is clearly well-versed in the classical canon and is accustomed to performing in a recital setting, her approach to the harp is an unorthodox one. She often employs her instrument as a pulse, a rhythm or as texture as muscular as a guitar's. Her sound is seamlessly integrated into a rock-band context, or, on a track like "Interlude in the Sky" from her 2014 EP 'Fortune Teller,' as part of a beautiful and dynamic orchestral arrangement. On "Feels Like Forever," from the same EP, the harp functions like a loop in a dreamy groove, layered with vocal harmonies and synths. Even in high school, Davis was thinking outside the box in regards to her instrument: Despite her rigorous schedule, she often managed to do a little weekend outdoor busking at a local market with a ukulele-playing friend.


The young Davis -- who has garnered opening slots with such artists as Punch Brothers, Jukebox the Ghost and My Brightest Diamond, among other artists -- is now splitting her time between her Brooklyn home and a Nashville recording studio, where she is completing her second full-length recording with her long time band mates Alex Cote, Cian McCarthy and Shane McCarthy. ("They've also helped me develop my sound a lot," Davis notes. "I would be a very different performer without them.") She recently wrote and performed a piece for the new Joywave album and, in turn the Rochester-based indie rockers remixed a track from 'Fortune Teller' for her. Nickel Creek singer-violinist Sara Watkins also asked Davis to contribute harp to her new disc. Davis's own forthcoming album, produced by Konrad Snyder and Jeremy Lutito, promises a sound even more intriguing than what she's created already: "It's a big step for my songwriting." she declares. The new material, she promises, will be her most ambitious work to date.
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