Jennifer Sullivan, Suzanna Choffel, Aimee Bobruk, Hilary York, Clay Fain

Jennifer Sullivan

Suzanna Choffel

Aimee Bobruk

Hilary York

Clay Fain

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


Jennifer Sullivan - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Jennifer Sullivan
Jennifer Sullivan (Born Aug 20 1987, TX) is an American musician, composer, & singer-songwriter. Main instruments are mandolin, guitar, & piano. Her music has an indie pop/rock sensibility drawn from western music influences, particularly the jazz, blues, & country/folk music genres.

Since moving to New York City from Austin, TX in 2010, Jennifer has been producing a debut full-length album & performing live as a band. She was granted free studio time as a select recording artist for Converse exclusively at Rubber Tracks in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The album's first single, Black Cat, (Released 1.13.13 - now available) recently debuted on NPR-affiliate radio station KUT. The LP (Coming Spring 2013) features all-original poetry, songs, horn & string arrangments, as well as eclectic instrumentation including melodica, organ, baritone sax, banjo, bassoon, flute, and accordion. She previously released one EP, Extended Play (2010), which one critic described as " indie-jazz infusion cemented with a voice that's reminiscent of the greats of the last millunium" (Peter Harris, IndieSounds).

Jennifer states Patsy Cline and Billie Holiday as her greatest influences; God as her muse. A lifelong self-taught musician, Jen started singing in church but has since received formal training in both voice and guitar. She lives in Manhattan, New York City. Visit JenniferSullivan.Com for more information.
Suzanna Choffel - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Suzanna Choffel
A native of Austin TX, Suzanna Choffel combines her poetic lyrics and sweet smoky voice with funky urban rhythms to create a fresh and unique sound. In March 2009, Suzanna won the "Best Indie Band" prize at the Austin Music Awards-SXSW 2009, and in April 2009 she won 2nd Place in the "AAA" category of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. She uses her guitar to create staccato rhythms underneath her dazzling soulful vocal melodies, all backed by a pulsing band with unique instrumentation. Her music has been described as "indie pop with urban beats", and "jazz-infused soul pop" with comparisons ranging from Feist to Nelly Furtado to Norah Jones to KT Tunstall.
Aimee Bobruk - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Aimee Bobruk
"Nothing less than a work of art" is what Performing Songwriter is calling Aimee Bobruk's latest work. In what she terms indie/ambient/folk/rock Bobruk presents listeners with rich orchestral melodies, crisp lyrical images, and combines non-traditional instrumentation with ambient textures. Most often, compared to Margo Timmins of The Cowboy Junkies, Bobruk entertains a modern pop edge in combination with her confidently sensuous voice. The result is what Brad Houser, from the New Bohemians calls "hauntingly beautiful."

Introducing herself to Austin with 2005 EP Small Town Girl, Bobruk quickly became a featured songwriter by Central Texas DJs like KUT’s Teresa Ferguson (Femme FM), KOOP’s Sandra Beckmire and Rick Star of Fredericksburg’s KFAN (“Rebel Radio”). She’s shared the stage with the likes of Butch Hancock, Alejandro Escovedo, Ruthie Foster, and David Garza. And in 2007, Bobruk, with fellow songstress-Hilary York, held down a Tuesday-night residency at Austin’s Scoot Inn, where her performance and her songs have held their own against many of Austin’s most talented musicians: Ian Moore, Robert Harrison (Future Clouds and Radar), Michael Fracasso, Will Sexton, Andrew Duplantis (Son Volt), Joe Reyes (Buttercup), Jane Bond, and Ethan Azarian.

Aimee Bobruk's new album, The Safety Match Journal, is a window into the thoughts of what some people call an old soul, and for someone still in her mid-twenties, releasing her debut album, Aimee is no newcomer. In 2006, Bobruk took the prize in the “Mountain Town Stages: Slopeside Serenade” songwriting contest in Utah and opened for the legendary Dr. John. More recently, she was selected as a southwest regional finalist for the prestigious New Song Mountain Stages Festival, and has billed with Ruthie Foster at the famous KGSR 107.1 FM "Unplugged at the Grove" music series. In addition her song “For the Lost Airwaves,” which appears on the The Safety Match Journal, was used in the 2007 documentary Team Everest: A Himalayan Journey.
Hilary York - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Hilary York
Hilary York was born in Houston, Texas but spent much of her childhood overseas. She lived in Bolivia, Australia, and Germany before landing in Virginia, where she completed high school. This experience spawned the wanderlust that propelled her to hitchhike through Europe in her early 20s and settle in a small town in the Netherlands for six months where she wrote her first song. York moved to Austin, Texas and began playing open mics and cultivating her writing style and voice. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in poetry and creative writing. York cites Nina Simone, The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, and Parliament/Funkadelic as major influences. She put out a live EP in 2002 that was recorded in the backyard of the Gingerman in downtown Austin, TX. Mark Addison and Joe Reyes, award winning musicians in the Austin music scene, produced her first album The Moon (2006), which received favorable reviews and showcased her smoky voice, vocal range, and skill in lyrical composition. In the Dark (2009) was an excellent follow-up album that further demonstrated York’s unique talent and development as a songwriter, musician and vocalist. She produced In the Dark with Kullen Fuchs, a multi-instrumentalist who has played with Raul Malo, Clay McClinton, and currently tours with Ian Moore.
For the past year, York has been living and performing on the east coast. She has performed in the Hudson Valley, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. While living in Rhinebeck, NY, York wrote many of the songs for her upcoming third album, which is due out in the fall of 2013. She recently recorded three songs at The Echo Lab Studio in Denton, TX. These songs feature local Austin musicians Lauren Gurgiolo and Mike St. Claire, both of Okkerville River, longtime collaborator Nick Yaklin of The Ripe, and Kullen Fuchs. Similar to In the Dark, York is recording this album on analog with Matt Pence, the drummer for Centro-Matic, as the engineer. The third album, Shiny Things, demonstrates York’s growth as songwriter and marks a shift in her musical direction.
Clay Fain - (Set time: 7:00 PM)