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May 6 2023
8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
••• ALL AGES
$18 in advance / $22 at the door
alternative folk indie
Jack Van Cleaf
alternative folk indie
-from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
-“Field Guide creates a chimerical dreamlike soundscape, brought to life by his soft-spoken lyrical imaginings.” – Under the Radar
“With tender instrumentals and intimate vocals, [Field Guide] is sure to pull at your heartstrings…he has truly cemented a signature sound.” – Indie 88
Field Guide (aka Dylan MacDonald) is a weaver of worlds. Built around his inviting voice and wrapped in warm textures, his self-titled sophomore full-length builds his most engaging world yet. It lives in a place between darkness and hopefulness with unshakeable melodies at its heart. “Melody is what makes words fall out of my mouth. It’s disarming. When I find a melody that represents my internal world, I drop my guard. I allow the words to appear out of thin air without judgement. A lot of these songs came to life that way. I wasn’t trying to make anything, but the songs became a home for words that I wasn’t yet ready to write on the page,” MacDonald says.
The past few years haven’t allowed for much escape from our interior worlds. There’s been a lot to move through, and many things can be true at once. This album lives at the sometimes-tense intersection of those truths – loving someone dearly while being pulled toward something new, feeling joy in the melancholy, a gratitude for deep friendship and an uncertainty of one’s place in it.
The album is also alive with the people and places that surrounded its creation. Vocals and acoustic guitars were recorded near Riding Mountain National Park in a woodstove-heated cabin during one of Manitoba’s coldest winters in years. Bass and drums were tracked at Breakglass Studios in Montreal, a room that already felt familiar from falling in love with the records of tour-mate Leif Vollebekk. Final overdubbing took place at Monarch Studios in Vancouver surrounded by trusted engineers and friends. And constant inspiration was found in his circle of Winnipeg creators working away on their own projects. Like The Big Pink house – Boy Golden, Slow Spirit, Roman Clarke, Kris Ulrich and others dropped in on each other to share demos and often lend their sounds to each other’s albums.
Beyond his hometown, Field Guide has had the opportunity to meet some heroes and new friends. He’s supported Leif Vollebekk, Bahamas, SYML, Wild Rivers, JP Saxe and Penny & Sparrow on their tours this year. He’s built a legion of fans online and on the road. So, while this is a solo album that invites the listener inside Field Guide’s inner monologue world, it really is meant to be lived in together. “These are the truest, rawest songs that I’ve ever written. I’ve never felt so sure about something I’ve made before. And now, it’s yours.”
Jack Van Cleaf
-from California/Nashville, TN
-California-reared singer-songwriter Jack Van Cleaf writes determined and delicate songs with poetic slant and confessional warmth. At twenty-five, Van Cleaf has taken stage at notable venues across the country including Douglas Corner Cafe, Wire Chicago, Wonder Ballroom, and Neumos. Intimate performances with Sofar Sounds have found Van Cleaf captivating audiences from New York City to Austin, Texas. He has opened for artists such as Briston Maroney, Annika Bennett, Taylor Ashton and Corey Kilgannon. Van Cleaf is currently on the road supporting Noah Kahan on Kahan’s 2023 Stick Season Tour.
Jack lives and writes alongside other young songwriters including Annika Bennett, Gatlin, and Ethansroom. In his songs, folk imagination dresses in cinematic production, evoking the spacious and sparse verses of Nathaniel Rateliff and Gregory Alan Isakov. His music also echoes his heroes: a directness borrowed from Kris Kristofferson and lucid spirituality reminiscent of Cohen.
Released in 2022, Van Cleaf's premiere full-length record 'Fruit from the Trees' opens like a lost suitcase. Written across the last seven years, the ten tracks are stashed with fables and fictions, letters to high school lovers, loose change in foreign currency, and a white bandana chalked in red Texas dust. Co-produced by Jamie Mefford (Nathaniel Rateliff, Gregory Alan Isakov) and Alberto Sewald (Katy Kirby), the record soars with sonic width that melds the folk-song precision of Dawes with a rumbled raucousness suggestive of The Killers. Van Cleaf proudly introduced 'Fruit from the Trees' with a sold out release show in Nashville, TN in March of 2022.
The debut record was premiered on Atwood Magazine who sung its praises, calling it “achingly intimate, warm, and tender…a radiantly raw alt-folk reckoning.” ‘Fruit from the Trees’ has garnered positive attention from editorial playlists, ranging from Jack’s being featured on the cover of Spotify's 'Fresh Finds' to inclusions in 'New Music Friday (USA)', 'Fresh Finds: Folk', 'Infinite Indie Folk' and more, plus features in Apple Music’s 'New In Country', Amazon Music’s 'Breakthrough Folk' and YouTube Music’s 'The New Americana.' Having lyrics that connect to so many, Van Cleaf’s breakthrough song “Rattlesnake” has amassed over three million streams and his monthly listenership has organically increased from 1,400 to 290k in only a few months time. New releases include a Live to Tape version of ‘Fruit from the Trees’ plus a collection of murder ballads (‘Music City Murder Ballad EP’) released in October, 2022.
With an exciting end to a successful year, Van Cleaf was included in Spotify’s best of 2022 roundups including ‘Fresh Finds Class of 2022’ and ‘Fresh Finds Folk: Best of 2022.’
-from Oakland, CA
-A Bay Area native, Asha wells draws inspiration from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Jeff Buckley, and Fiona Apple. They bring a rare fusion of thought provoking imagery and memorable melody for a haunting alt-indie experience. often melancholic vocal melodies paired with tender harmonic guitar comes together to truly embodies the phrase ‘the notes you don’t play’. Asha is currently finalizing original material for their debut LP, Water Words.