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Wed Dec 04
  • Cafe du Nord
  • 7:30pm
Noise Pop Presents

Josiah Johnson and The Feelings Parade

Aviva Le Fey

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Josiah Johnson

Josiah is best known for being a founding member of The Head and the Heart. He took a break from that work a few years ago to learn how to live more wholly integrated and to work with and through problems with addictions. His expanding solo creations are transcendent, healing folk songs. Deep and soulful ballads that paint the imagination with rich and emotional landscapes of love, loss and transformation. Josiah's solo performances highlight a stripped down, emotive, lyrics-and-voice-first kind of song craft, inimitable in its sincerity and beauty, with the powerful joy of singing together.

The Feelings Parade

It’s fitting that Morgan Bolender and Scott Ferreter of The Feelings Parade met at San Francisco’s ongoing mortality-focused gathering called “You’re Going to Die.” Their growing fanbase knows them for being musical truth-tellers who choose to speak and sing about things with a courageous honesty. They create a space for both the ache and the pleasure that come with being human, and their finely-crafted songs and stories speak to both with equal reverence. They’ve been asked on more than one occasion to make an entire album of their unscripted, often hilarious, and vulnerable onstage banter, which has become as big a part of the band’s reputation as the songs.

The Feelings Parade is as much a movement as it is a band -- people come as much for the skillful songwriting, tight harmonies, and rich textures as they do to drop into their own tender human hearts (on more than one occasion, fans have said that Feelings Parade shows are “better than therapy.”) The music they make has brought them everywhere from grand music halls to prisons--from yoga retreats to the bed sides of hospice patients--and has had them sharing stages with like-hearted musicians such as Glen Hansard, Josiah Johnson (The Head and The Heart), Ayla Nereo, John Craigie, MaMuse, and Mt. Eerie. Their current momentum is due, at least in part, to the unscripted and authentic way they lay it all out, both inside and outside of the songs.

Aviva Le Fey

Aviva sings heart songs – some for love lost, and others for humanity forgotten – with a tone and cadence that somehow conjures both the vintage pop of the Fifties and the dark, dreamy sounds you might hear coming from that haunted backwoods bar in 1990s Twin Peaks, Washington. She offers a frequency of hopefulness, a frequency to cry to, a frequency that begs you to dig a bit deeper. Her songs are honest and endearing, bold and restless, easy to listen to and sometimes hard to hear. Aviva’s music invites you to look into the dark cracks of everything – it can be intimidating, but we all know that’s how the light gets in.

Aviva is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from the Bay Area, and has traveled far and wide to share her songs and play music with friends. Over the last few years, Aviva has supported John Craigie, Josiah Johnson (The Head & The Heart), Rainbow Girls, Kit Center & The Hollow Bones, and Chelsea Coleman, and shared the stage with Langhorne Slim, Tallest Man on Earth, Skyway Man, and Twain.