Brooke Annibale

Brooke Annibale

Benjamin Jaffe

Sun · June 17, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Parlor Room

$12/Adv, $15/Door

This event is all ages

Brooke Annibale
Brooke Annibale
Singer-songwriter/guitarist Brooke Annibale sheds a bit of her indie-acoustic skin on her forthcoming record Hold to The Light—a pop-progressive album that offers a fusion of textured electronic and traditional (guitar, strings, keys) instrumentation with songs bearing Brooke’s keen, soulful lyricism. Produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive), Hold to The Light marks several major departures for Brooke in terms of both songwriting and production. Brooke’s thoughtful, layered songwriting anchors the production to explore a range of narratives working through themes of seeking truths, letting go, and reconciling the past with the present. Both lyrically and musically, Hold opens up spaces for the listener to inhabit and make their own. Hold to The Light is an exciting evolution in Brooke’s career as a musician. Her creative roots run deep with family connected to music—her grandfather founded a music store, which continues to operate today in her hometown, Pittsburgh. Hold to The Light is due out in 2018.
Benjamin Jaffe
Benjamin Jaffe
Years before he hit the road as one half of the Americana duo HONEYHONEY, Ben Jaffe kickstarted his career as a solo artist. He was a young Massachusetts native living in Los Angeles, rolling his sharp songwriting, multi-instrumental chops and vocals into songs that were honest and experimental. A decade later Jaffe returns to that career with Oh, Wild Ocean of Love, his first full-length release as a solo artist.
Trading the rootsy stomp of HONEYHONEY's three albums for an indie-alternative sound, Jaffe widens his approach with Oh, Wild Ocean of Love. These songs make room for a broad range of influences, from the polyphonic rhythms and improvisational freedom of jazz music to the soul and swagger of Motown. There are R&B ballads like "Everlasting Peace," where Jaffe layers his
voice into gorgeous stacks of multi-part harmony, and dissonant rockers like "Dominator," where he shines a light on his skills as an inventive electric guitarist. Throughout the tracklist, Jaffe
plays nearly every instrument himself, bouncing between drums, keyboard, bass, and guitar. The result is an album that doubles not only as a rejuvenation of the career he put on hold years
ago, but also a showcase of the chops he's sharpened during his time with HONEYHONEY.
For the record, HONEYHONEY's time is far from over. Jaffe and bandmate Suzanne Santo both appear as recurring characters in the new TBS series The Guest Book, doubling not only as members of the show's cast, but as musical guests as well. They perform in each episode, with Jaffe producing much of the material. While the band temporarily scales back its touring operations, though, Jaffe restarts his solo engines, exploring a sound he only hinted at during his busiest years with the band.
Inspired by a wide of sounds and texts — including Paul Simon, Beck, Randy Newman, Father John Misty and The Essential Chuang Tzu — Oh, Wild Ocean of Love explores the wreckage
left by a relationship that's poorly-dened and headed south. It's an album about the full spectrum of love: love for yourself, for others, and even your maker. An album about lessons
learned. An album about the realization that even in these chaotic times, it's okay to relax.
Meanwhile, Jaffe continues to broaden his career beyond the connes of the recording studio and the stage. He composed, recorded, and produced the lm score for Joy Joy Nails, a short
film that screened at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, building on a resume in TV and Film that includes work on the cartoon, Spongebob Squarepants and various other shows and films. He
also continues to nd charitable avenues for his music, years after HoneyHoney performed alongside the high-school symphony of Jaffe's alma mater in order to raise money for the school's arts program. Oh, Wild Ocean of Love is the latest chapter in a story that's still being told, and Jaffe has rarely been so compelling.
Venue Information:
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060