Austin’s Dana Falconberry plays the Satellite tonight along with Califone, Radar Bros. and Blues Oblique (Michael Krassner & Wil Hendricks). The sound of Dana Falconberry’s voice conjures up a world like an exquisitely drawn picture book one intended as a gift, but saved for oneself. Her songwriting works in the same way, sweet but with enough grit and strangeness to lure you in and hold you with its conflicting complexity. When her pixie-ish vocals veer toward precious, a percussion line or harmony will inject a layer of eeriness into the mix. She is backed by a six-piece band that includes Christopher Cox of Austin's Tosca String Quartet. It is the backing from Cox’s string arrangements that create a fullness of sound that can support the subtle and delicate nature of these songs. Falconberry’s latest release Leelanau (Antenna Farm) is a nostalgic travelogue, musical drawings of places in northern Michigan where she has spent summers since childhood: Lake Charlevoix, Sturgeon Bay, Copperleaf. While one can listen to this album and hear the magic of woodland sprites, they are from a world of the imagination that is also strange and spooky. We are really looking forward to seeing this music played live tonight.
Dana Falconberry plays the Satellite (1717 Silverlake Blvd., LA 90026) tonight February 28 with Califone, Radar Brothers and Blues Oblique playing in support. Doors open at 8pm, 21+, $12.