Escaping Pavement & The Rough & Tumble
These two groups combined share over a quarter million miles of travel time between them. Their live-shows-performed count, when combined, is well into the thousands. As you can imagine, they’ve gained a story or two – and they’ve lived to tell about it. From festivals, to honky-tonk bars, to house concerts, listening rooms, yurts, ships, yoga studios, and everywhere in between – they’ve probably played there. From the good, the bad, the ugly, the weird, and the wonderful-you’ll hear about it all. You’ll laugh & cry your way through the evening as the two groups recount these stories interlacing them with song. Join us for a truly unique evening and an insider’s look at the lives of a teeny-tiny-traveling-folk-band (The Rough & Tumble) and a couple of road warriors (Escaping Pavement).
With a striking voice that instantly commands attention, Carrie McFerrin makes audiences sit up, take notice and fall under her spell. But it’s the emotional power she puts into her heartfelt songs and performances that really sets McFerrin apart. “It’s not just singing the words but remembering why I wrote the song and remembering those emotions,” the West Michigan-based singer-songwriter acknowledges. “Usually, my songs are about some kind of heartache. That’s why it’s emotionally exhausting when I play a show, because I feel like I relive my whole life while singing.”
It’s that sort of uncommon passion – combined with penetrating songs about loss, bittersweet sentiment and inner strength – that signals the arrival of a new voice on the Midwest’s indie-folk scene. McFerrin’s EP, “The Wolves,” certainly marks an impressive debut for an artist whose music stirs the pot with country twang, folk-rock sensibility and that special voice. “I haven’t heard anyone that I really sound like,” she concedes. “I’ve been singing this same way my whole life, so I think I’ve got something that works and something that’s unique.”