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Augustana (Acoustic)

Augustana (Acoustic)

Lauren Shera

Mon, January 7, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Augustana (Acoustic)
Augustana (Acoustic)
Augustana will be heading out on their first tour of 2013 in a rare, stripped down/acoustic format. Playing material from the band's three LP's as well as new songs...Daniel Layus will be joined by longtime touring band member David Lamoureaux. Acoustic act Lauren Shera will be opening the shows…
Lauren Shera
Lauren Shera
Music has played an integral part in Lauren Shera's life from the very beginning. The New York native grew up surrounded by an eclectic range of performers. When she was 13, her family relocated to northern California at the same time that she picked up the guitar. In 2008, she studied at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, where she expanded her knowledge of traditional folk music and honed her skills as a singer and a musician while adding ukulele and clawhammer banjo to her arsenal.

Her original songs and soulful voice combine to create a sound that is both powerful and melancholy. On her second and most recent album, Once I Was Bird, with the help of producer Andy Zenczak, Lauren weaves an opulent sound using an eclectic array of instruments including mandolin, violin, cello, banjo, ukelele, pump and pipe organs, trumpets, and more. The album's lush sounds and beautiful temperament are complimented with guest performances by Abigail Washburn, and Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses).

Her personal experiences with grief and emotion translate effortlessly into stunning musical arrangements and haunting melodies. Lauren's honest lyrics re-tell the stories of personal, hard-learned lessons with heartbreaking transparency, while imparting solace and wisdom to the listener. "It's important to me that people are able to relate to [the album]," said Shera, "and take out of it a shared experience that everyone has been through in some form or another."

Armed with a luscious vibrato, Lauren's voice is a uniquely distinctive. Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and Further says, "Every generation or two, a voice comes along that redefines what you thought you knew about music and touches you deep down in your soul…Her voice is going to define the next generation of folk music."

In 2011, Shera performed at Bonnaroo and was also hand-picked by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons to be one of three artists to introduce his renowned artist collective, Communion, to the United States. The introductory Communion Tour featured Lauren, David Mayfield Parade and Matthew & The Atlas in a seamless evening of individual sets culminating with all 12 of the musicians making up the tour on stage together for a communal set of encore songs.

Lauren has shared the stage with such artists as Ray LaMontagne, Jackie Greene, Jason Mraz, Phil Lesh, Wanda Jackson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Billy Bragg, Nanci Griffith, Kristin Hersh, Joan Osborne and Abigail Washburn. In addition to Bonnaroo, she has appeared at the High Sierra Music Festival, Sausalito Music and Arts Festival, Monterey Music Summit and South by Southwest. When she was 18-years-old she was also invited to perform at the Bob Dylan Tribute Concert at New York City's Avery Fisher Hall. When she isn't performing solo, Shera performs with the Monterey-based female trio Honeymoon.
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