Splitting her time between Los Angeles and Austin, we got to see Amilia perform several times while we were in Austin, most memorably at El Mercado at a weekly ad hoc gathering of musicians known as Mystery Monday (we won't bore you here with that story, but ask us about it some time). Amilia plays piano as well as guitar and other stringed instruments, and has released three solo records, including her latest Wow and Flutter (2017).
Here's an excerpt from Amilia's bio on her website ...
"Amilia K Spicer has a thing for wide-open spaces and mystical places. Even her record label name, Free Range Records, reflects her vagabond spirit—which has carried her from the green hills of her native Pennsylvania, through the hill country of central Texas, to the mountain monasteries of Tibet. Based in Los Angeles and Austin, she might tell you she feels most rooted when she’s heading toward a distant horizon.
The songs on Spicer’s new album, Wow and Flutter, capture the vastness of those horizons with a cinematic quality, somehow sweeping us into the panorama as we listen. It should surprise no one that she pursued a career in film before music became her muse. The dichotomy of shadow and light, grit and wonder, are in the sonics, rather than on the screen."
We're excited to welcome Amilia for her first appearance at MCC.
On the surface, hosting a concert for NYC - based Brian Dunne might seem like a bit of a departure for us. But when you hear Brian perform, you realize it's not much of a stretch at all. He's a talented Americana singer/songwriter who writes compelling lyrical stories, sings beautifully, and plays some pretty great acoustic guitar.
We first met Brian at a house concert in Frederick, MD back in 2015, where he shared a show with Annalise Emerick. Most recently, we saw Brian open for Zach Williams (the Lone Bellow) at Rams Head in Annapolis. Brian has also opened for, or shared the bill, with artists including Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Brandi Carlile (all on the Cayamo Cruise in 2017), Delbert McClinton, Liz Longley, and others.
Brian has released three solo records, his newest being Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements in 2017. He grew up in upstate NY & graduated from Berklee College of Music, and now calls Brooklyn, NY home.
Following an extensive tour in support of Songs From the Hive, Dunne found the inspiration for the title of Bug Fixes & Performance Issues while joking around with a friend after a few (okay, quite a few) drinks at a Brooklyn bar."Three-hundred songs, two years and one near nervous breakdown later," he adds, "here it lies."
We are proud to welcome Brian for his first appearance at MCC.