Karl Blau – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – January 17th, 2018

Karl Blau

WXPN Welcomes

Karl Blau

Birdie Busch, Heatwarmer

Wed · January 17, 2018

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

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$15 ADV - $17 DOS

Karl Blau
Hailing from north of Seattle in the Skagit Valley, hewn from NW institution, record label known simply as K (Beck, Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, LAKE) – Karl Blau’s music currently releases under the Bella Union, London shield, and now Blau resides in Germantown, Philadelphia as of late Fall 2018. His last two albums – acclaimed country/soul covers produced by Tucker Martine (Laura Veirs, The Decemberists) known as “Introducing Karl Blau,” and the twin sister to Matthew E. White’s “Big Inner” called “Out Her Space”– have continued the legacy of Blau’s genre-hopping and led Blau to multiple EU/UK and US tours.
Birdie Busch
Birdie Busch has been making and recording independent music from her home base of Philadelphia for over a decade. A combination of loyal radio support across the U.S with every recording, live touring, and solid albums put out both herself and on adventurous independents like Bar/None Records has created a constellation of connect the dots that has created widespread devout fans.
Five full lengths and a couple EP's has had her creating sonic song soundscapes with some of Philly’s finest musicians, producers, and engineers. Critics from American Songwriter to Village Voice have found her of kindred spirit with everyone from Syd Barrett to Eudora Welty, and seem to just keep referring to what she does as her own thing and appreciating that strange place where it resides. City Paper says, “She’s noisy when she might’ve hushed up, nervy when most are relaxed, funny when others stay forlorn and dressy when she could be buttoned-up.” It’s this comfort to contain multitudes that has had her and her band sharing stages with everyone from Richard Thompson and Richie Havens to Dr.Dog and Junip.
David Lynch, Beethoven, and Michael McDonald walk into a K-Mart commercial. Things get a little wild and nine months later, Seattle-based DIY band Heatwarmer is born. Jazz-brained, cheeky, and new wave-nostalgic, Heatwarmer is the absurdist darling of Luke Bergman, Aaron Otheim, and Evan Woodle, three music school cherry pickers who’ve spent a lot of time with their grandparents. Reclaiming dad funk and yacht rock as their own, Heatwarmer spans the whole sonic gamut: combining west coast smooth jazz, eerie Twin Peaks synth-pop, with the humor and hoke of a 70’s gameshow.

Heatwarmer formed in 2009 after Bergman and Otheim met in a jazz combo class at the University of Washington. Both obsessed over their music school diet of jazz and classical, but also for extra-curriculars like Disney soundtracks, John Williams, and Enya. Bergman was also inspired by Otheim’s dedication to writing originals and followed suit. As they started to collaborate, they found shared fascination with meticulous orchestration, complex harmony, and an eerie-vintage vibe a la X-Files and Twin Peaks. As soon they added virtuosic drummer Evan Woodle into the mix the deal was sealed.

Called “a favorite on the Seattle DIY scene” by The Seattle Times, Heatwarmer is a beacon in Seattle’s creative music community—a scene that's birthed other notable bands like Lonesome Shack, God’s Favorite Beefcake, and La Luz. Following their 2013 release of the kaleidoscopic debut EP “Dessert Menu,” and self-titled debut full-length, they garnered acclaim from Seattle Weekly and went on to record Daytrotter and KEXP Audioasis sessions.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104