Erin McKeown - free live performance
Monday, March 4th 6:00 PM
After eight full-length records, three EPs, and 12 years of touring the globe non-stop, writer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist Erin McKeown is just getting warmed up.
Over the last decade, Erin has spent an average of 200 nights onstage each year. She has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Later with Jools Holland, NPR, BBC, and has had her music placed in numerous films, television shows, and commercials. She has even written a song via text message with her friend Rachel Maddow.
Erin’s compelling and energy packed stage show teamed with her seemingly effortless ability to bridge genres has garnered her international acclaim. She regularly collaborates and performs with her peers Andrew Bird, Anais Mitchell, Ben Sollee, Carrie Rodriguez, Mike Doughty, Amos Lee, and Josh Ritter. She has also performed at many of the world’s esteemed music festivals including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk, Glastonbury, and Oxegen.
Erin explains the driving force in her career, “I make music because I am made of music. I feel it and express it constantly. I speak through my songs because I feel a deep sense of responsibility as a citizen to participate in the world the best way I know how.”
In the summer of 2009, Erin created “Cabin Fever”, a live internet concert series broadcast from her picturesque cabin in rural Massachusetts. Described as “Wayne’s World meets the Judy Garland Show”, the series has garnered considerable attention for its entertaining exploration of the intersections of art, technology, and commerce.
On Manifestra, McKeown’s personal and political passions merge in the 10 original songs and instrumentation that defines the album. Saxophones double guitars. Vintage synths merge with strings as keyboards mirror vocal lines. Loops and live drums unite to push songs forward. Recorded live with McKeown’s touring band, the album also features a string section led by Joseph Brent and horns by Matt Douglas. Guest singers include Polly Paulusma, Ryan Montbleau, Anais Mitchell, Sean Hayes, and David Wax Museum. Physical copies of Manifestra also come with a bonus album, Civics, where Erin performs the entirety of Manifestra solo acoustic in a historic library.