Get cozy this Sunday at PS1 with some folk and jazz

Folk and Jazz head to PS1
Rachel Ries is currently in the early stages of an intercontinental tour. — photo by Miriam Doan

Rachel Ries w/ Anna Vogelzang, Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir

Public Space One – Sunday, February 16 at 8:30 p.m.

This Sunday, Public Space One (PS1) is hosting a night of alternative folk and experimental jazz. Artists performing include Rachel Ries and the Never Lonely, Anna Vogelzang and the Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir.

This will be one of the first shows on Ries’ multi-continental tour in support of her soon-to-be-released Ghost of a Gardener album. The tour continues throughout 2014 and into 2015, making stops in a number of U.S. cities, including Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW Festival before moving into Europe and Australia. Getting the chance to see her perform in a small, intimate setting like PS1 is a rare opportunity indeed.

Ries’ music blends nostalgic folk-Americana instrumentation with an ethereal sense of romantic lyricism. The combination can feel at the same time soothing and heart-breaking; a paradoxical mixture of breathy soul and signature Midwestern optimism.

Madison, Wisconsin-based singer-songwriter Anna Vogelzang is no stranger to Iowa City. Over the last several years her always unique — and often banjo-centric — folk-pop sound has earned her a committed local following. In 2012, Vogelzang released Canary in a Coal Mine, a full-length album which has been praised by critics for its display of her astounding vocal range and Ani Difranco-esque folk sensibilities.

Fairfield, Iowa’s Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir has been performing their dynamic brand of improvisational jazz since the early ‘90s, and are currently working on putting together their first album. You might recognize them as having played at last year’s Little Big Fest in Des Moines.

The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and bring $5 because these folks need to eat.

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