January 11th, 2020 7pm Stage 2
Paradigm APAP Showcase feat. Watkins Family Hour, Resistance Revival Chorus, Aoife O’Donovan: Songs And Strings, Joe Kwaczala
Watkins Family Hour
Watkins Family Hour is a collaborative performance and recording project led by Los Angeles-based siblings Sean and Sara Watkins, both of whom came to prominence in the 1990s as part of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek. Beginning in 2002, they were offered a monthly residency at L.A.'s famous venue Largo, which they called the Watkins Family Hour. The gig took on the form of a variety show where the Watkins' could stretch out musically, working out new material, collaborating with other players, and generally letting loose creatively while in between tours.
Over the years, the Family Hour became a spontaneous meeting place where, on any given night, artists like Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Dawes, Nikka Costa, and even actor/comedian John C. Reilly might sit in for a set. In 2015, Sean and Sara decided to turn their show into a recording project, enlisting several of their longtime collaborators to record an album of cover songs under the Watkins Family Hour banner. Members of their de facto house band include pianist Benmont Tench, pedal steel player Greg Leisz, bassist Sebastian Steinberg, drummer Don Heffington, and guest vocalist Fiona Apple, all of whom appear on the Family Hour's debut. In support of the album's 2015 release, the Watkins took their show on the road using the same variety show type format comprising a rehearsed set along with unplanned jams and various regional guests.
~ Timothy Monger, Rovi
Resistance Revival Chorus
We are the Resistance Revival Chorus—a collective of more than 60 women who come together to sing protest songs in tribute to the historical importance of music in the protest movement. We believe that joy is an act of resistance. Join us. Let's get the country singing!
Recognized for her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O’Donovan is also known for her collaborations. Called “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by the New York Times, O’Donovan is one of the most sought after vocalists and songwriters of her generation.
The most recent example is I'm With Her, the band comprised of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and O'Donovan. Their debut album See You Around released in February 2018 and the band released their latest single Call My Name in January 2019.
As a solo artist, O’Donovan has released two studio albums: In The Magic Hour (2016), a 10-song album full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds and her debut solo album, Fossils (2013), a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. In 2018, Aoife contributed an original song Are You There to the film 'What They Had', an official selection at both Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.
O'Donovan spent the preceding decade as co-founder and front woman of the string band, Crooked Still. She is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile and one-third of the female trio Sometymes Why. Throughout her career, O'Donovan has collaborated with artists such as Alison Krauss and jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, and is currently a member of the house band on the radio variety show Live From Here.