Thao

Thao

Becca Mancari, Why Bonnie

Higher Ground Ballroom
All Ages
Thao w/ Becca Mancari, Why Bonnie at Higher Ground

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$25 advance | $27 day of show

THAO:

https://www.thaothaothao.com

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https://www.instagram.com/thaogetstaydown

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Thao Nguyen is a veteran artist, songwriter, touring musician, and producer based in Oakland, California. Her latest album, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s ‘Temple’, was released in May of 2020 on Ribbon Music. She will be touring with her backing band throughout 2022.

BECCA MANCARI:

http://www.beccamancari.com

https://www.facebook.com/Beccamancarimusic

https://www.instagram.com/beccamancari

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Released in June of 2020, Becca Mancari's critically-acclaimed album ‘The Greatest Part’ is a deceptively upbeat collection of sharp indie pop that explores Mancari’s experience growing up gay in a fundamentalist Christian home. The record, produced by Paramore drummer Zac Farro, marks a significant sonic and emotional evolution, balancing unflinching self-examination with intoxicating grooves and infectious instrumental hooks fueled by explosive percussion and fuzzed out guitars. The lyrics are raw and gutsy to match. The celebratory sound was by design - the album was meant as a paean to resilience and joy in the face of pain. NPR Music notes this album as "Really incredible... so deeply moved by the whole thing”. Mancari followed up the release with her 2021 EP release of ‘Juniata’, reimagining songs from ‘The Greatest Part’. In this new collection, she returns to her past both literally and figuratively, casting new light with a stripped-down selection of some of her sophomore album’s most soul-stirring tracks.

Mancari has toured with the likes of Margo Price, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Shovels & Rope, Natalie Prass, and Julien Baker among others. On top of her solo work, Mancari also teamed up with Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard and fellow songwriter Jesse Lafser to form the supergroup Bermuda Triangle, which earned similarly glowing reviews as they performed sold-out headline shows across the country and landed festival slots from Newport Folk to XPoNential.

WHY BONNIE:

https://whybonnie.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/whybonnie

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Blair Howerton started songwriting as a coping mechanism during her formative years. Her vivid lyricism has bloomed into the dazzling, full-band emotional release known as Why Bonnie. The band’s Fat Possum Records debut EP Voice Box celebrates unhindered expression via beguiling, propulsive guitar pop.

In a decisive step to start performing her backlogged material, Howerton moved back home to Texas after graduating college in 2015. In Austin, Howerton joined lifelong best friend Kendall Powell, who she met in preschool. Powell’s classical piano chops swapped to synth for the new project. Both active in the Austin scene, guitarist Sam Houdek and bassist Chance Williams later joined to complete the lineup.

In 2018, the band emerged on petite indie outlet Sports Day Records with In Water. The EP eulogized Howerton’s older brother, who passed away years prior. Intimately bristling tracks explored the grieving process, introducing the group’s uncanny ability to stir up huge catharsis in a seamless rise. Follow-up Nightgown expanded the effort, pulling lush Mazzy Star and Cranberries influences. Embarking on their first DIY tour the same year, Why Bonnie quickly landed opening runs for the like-minded sounds of Snail Mail and Beach Fossils.

The sum of those experiences culminates in the sweeping, layered rock sound of third EP Voice Box. Fuzzed-out guitars and crystalline vocals drive a tough-edged struggle in the space between suppression and artistic liberty. Howerton explains: “It encapsulates a disconnect between my inner and outer world, and not being able to express myself authentically because of that. But, ultimately knowing I will crash and burn if I don’t.”

The intense effort isn’t always pretty. The title track fumes with quiet wisdom, urging: “I know it’s easier to bury your uncertainties in a cloud of masculinity / Guess it’s the curse you bear to talk over me.” Breeders-inspired “Athlete” endeavors self-doubt in a blistering metaphor of failed sportsmanship. Fiery “No Caves” rises to a forceful album finale, unleashing the full windswept power of Howerton’s vocals, padded by Houdek. Of the ending ascent, the lead singer decides: “It’s about the freedom of realizing that you can’t hide anymore. You have to put yourself out there.”

Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road

South Burlington, VT, 05403