Paper Bird w/ Keenan O’Meara & Megan Lui

Paper Bird w/ Keenan O'Meara & Megan Lui

Sunday, September 18

Dan Smalls presents Paper Bird live in the 9th Ward with Keenan O’Meara & Megan Lui

Tickets: $10 advance / $13 day of show at  or the Babeville Box Office (M-F 10a-5p), Terrapin Station, Rust Belt Books or charge by phone 866-777-8932

7pm Doors 8pm Show

For Paper Bird, their new album marks a milestone. More importantly, it provides them with a new beginning, a new chapter in their trajectory that sees them redefining their direction, a change in their musical sensibility while maintaining their trademark upbeat attitude.

The band’s self titled album, available September 9th on Thirty Tigers Records/ Sons of Thunder Records, introduces vocalist Carleigh Aikins to the line­up, whose previous credits include extended stints with the critically acclaimed bands Bahamas and Fox Jaws. Her addition to the band adds an extra edge, highlighting a clear sonic evolution. A shift in the band’s line­up has opened up new possibilities, swapping electric guitars and amped up instrumentation for the laid back, folk­flavored sound they favored in the past.

“In truth this is an entirely new band,” bassist Caleb Summeril explains.

Paper Bird has always made a point of encouraging each of its members to share the spotlight. The group boasts three lead vocalists­­ singer Sarah Anderson, singer and keyboard player Genevieve Patterson, and Aikins herself all of whom blend their voices in seamless three part harmonies. The instrumental duties are shared by Summeril, DeHaven, and drummer Mark Anderson.

Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Paper Bird first emerged from the same environs that launched such outfits as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and the Lumineers. The group has toured extensively throughout the U.S., sharing bills with the aforementioned bands, as well as Daryl Hall & John Oates, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Shakey Graves.

On Paper Bird, the band collaborates with world­-renowned musician, singer and songwriter John Oates, who co­produced the album with Aikins’ fellow Canadian David Kalmusky. The album was recorded and mixed at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville, and for his part, Oates couldn’t be more delighted.

“Paper Bird is a band that possesses a sound that’s more than the sum of its parts,” Oates effuses. “It’s the coming together of two perfect trinities. It has three distinctly unique female lead singers whose harmonies blend together as one…united with an inventive, cohesive rhythm section trio. I loved their sound from the first time I heard them and they just keep getting better. They are a true musical family united by a unique and pure artistic vision…a rare quality in this day and age of so much disposable and less than original music.”

Paper Bird has a sound that blends the engaging vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes and The Lone Bellow with the classic ‘70s stylings of bands like Heart and Fleetwood Mac without imitating or emulating any one of them in particular. Indeed, the new music is rugged, resilient and flush with enthusiasm. It conveys the essence of inspired Americana, while still staying true to its riveting rock regimen.

“This is definitely the start of something exciting,” Summeril suggests. “We’re at a point in our career where we feel we’re ready to take on the world.”

Keenan O’Meara keeps his biography very concise: Born in Maryland. Living in Shandaken, NY. Unmotivated naturalist. Writing songs instead.

Raised in the west, M.Lui is a Californian, Brooklyn based singer and guitarist. She writes with fury and tamer and mixes soulful vocals with electric-rock melodies. Today she is the midst of writing her third release. Her second EP ‘Hysterical’ is available for streaming on soundcloud.

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Date(s) - 09/18/2016
8:00 pm

341 Delaware Avenue
New York
United States