Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers

Premier Concerts and Manic Presents:

Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers

Goodnight Moonshine featuring Molly Venter

Sun, June 10, 2018

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

Space Ballroom.

Hamden, CT

$25 - $30

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Amy Helm
Amy Helm
Amy Helm sought what she calls a “circular sound” for her new album. It’s a
well-rounded one, one marked by streaks of Americana, country, blues, and gospel,
and the kinds of four-part harmonies that can burst open a melody and close the
loop of an octave. And sentimentally, it’s a sound that represents the feeling of
Community.

This Too Shall Light, released ​September 21, 2018 on Yep Roc Records, comprises 10
songs produced by Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Joe Henry. Helm left
her home and comfort zone of Woodstock, NY, choosing ​to record in Los Angeles
within the confines of just a four-day window. The musicians were directed not to
overthink the songs, and Helm herself barely performed any of the selections while
leading up to the recording. As a result, the sessions forced fast musical trust among
the collaborators and yielded the vibrant instrumental improvisations heard
throughout This Too Shall Light.

Although a profound songwriter herself, Helm and Henry jointly arranged a diverse collection of songs for the record, which range from Rod Stewart’s “Mandolin Wind” to Allen Toussaint’s “Freedom for the Stallion” and even the Milk Carton Kids’ “Michigan.” The title track in particular, written by Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor and Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Bob Weir, Craig Finn), ​is a brilliant summation of the record’s sound and spirit. Seemingly a play on the old adage that “This too shall pass,” Helm’s voice veers from commanding to supplicating within a single soulful verse, as she manipulates that message so that light leads throughout even the darkest of times.

A lifelong musician and music-lover, Helm’s parents —The Band’s legendary drummer and singer Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus — guided her training and influences. She later became a founding member of the alt-country collective Ollabelle and served as a backing musician in her father’s Midnight Ramble Band. And on This Too Shall Light, Helm says that two songs in particular pay homage to Levon — “The Stones I Throw,” a song he released in 1965 with Levon and the Hawks, and the closing traditional number, an a cappella version of the hymnal “Gloryland,” which was passed from father to daughter. While This Too Shall Light is only Helm’s second album under her own name, it serves as a comprehensive portrait covering her life’s journeys and recoveries; They’re the stories that, no matter where they take her, seem to end and begin in the same place like a circle
Goodnight Moonshine featuring Molly Venter
Goodnight Moonshine featuring Molly Venter
Goodnight Moonshine featuring Molly Venter, is Molly’s latest musical project, a collaboration with her husband Eben Pariser. Co-writing often, Eben and Molly explore what it means to be in a healthy authentic relationship; both wholesome and irreverent, they sing of joy and grief in equal measure.

On Goodnight Moonshine’s second studio record, ‘I’m the Only One Who Will Tell You, You’re Bad,’ (June 1st release) the duo delivers a funny, smart, explicit, raw, honest, mature, witty collection of Folk-Pop songs that reflect the messiness of ‘partnership’ (in its many forms,) parenthood and growing up, while evoking the emotionally resonant aesthetic of Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin.

Every once in a while, an album comes along that’s a breath of fresh air... a statement of substance and grace that reminds us of life’s bigger picture: keeping a marriage afloat, raising children, dealing with death, loving your partner, finding yourself, claiming your independence.

Molly's voice bends from a sweet moan to a gritty shout and back into a playful run in the space of a few bars and "it all goes down like silk," writes American Songwriter Magazine; "few singers turn first time listeners into eternal fanatics as effortlessly as Molly Venter." The emotional potency of her voice is surrounded and supported by a lush landscape of harmonies and minimalist orchestrations conceived by Eben on vocals and electric guitar. Molly’s voice has caught the ear of industry giants, and been prominently featured on FOX television, Apple Computers and in Warner Brothers films.

Consummate performers, Molly and Eben have also appeared nationally and internationally, performing 100+ shows a year, with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime. Their co-write "Willow Tree" was a #1 hit on the folk charts in 2014 and was featured in USA Today. The group tours as a trio with Adam Chilenski on upright bass.
Venue Information:
Space Ballroom.
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514