Prolific and popular singer-songwriter Eric Taylor plays the Visual Arts Collective on Thursday, June 11. Taylor, known for his narrative style of songwriting, has been in the business for over 30 years and has influenced the likes of Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith. Taylor is kind of a big deal; he's been featured on and in everything from Austin City Limits to the Newport Folk Festival. Dale Keys opens the show. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets $ 15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Former Boisean Shawn Brown returns to town for a show at The Reef on Thursday, June 11. Brown, who describes his music as “simple and soulful,” gained national exposure with his first disc, Lucky Dog finding even more success with Just In Case which had "a singer-songwriter vibe mixed with a generous helping of urban hip-hop soul.”
Brown stopped by BW HQ today and told A&E editor Amy Atkins that he's working on a new CD. "At home [in the Bay Area], I always perform with a backing trio of gospel singers but, until now, that sound hasn't made its way into the studio," Brown said. "It's definitely going to make its way onto the new CD." Brown will be joined by Ben Burdick tonight and they plan to take the stage around 8 p.m. and tickets are $5.
Helio Sequence brings their synthesizer-tinged indie rock to the Neurolux on Saturday June 13. The Portland duo formed in 1999 and got their big break opening for the likes of Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon in a six-month tour that spanned the United States and Europe. Early in that tour, Brandon Summers lost his voice, but made it work by not speaking or singing unless he was onstage. After the tour, with a doctor’s help and voice exercises, Summers’ voice returned and with that, Helio Sequence is back with their epic and energetic sound. Yarn Owl opens. Tickets are $10 at the door or through Ticketweb.com.