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JOY IKE and ALEXA ROSE Appearing Thu Nov 3rd 2016 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $10

"My most memorable shows tend to be the small ones – the intimate, simple, stripped down events where I really have an opportunity to engage with the audience. So much seems to get lost in translation when there is a sound system, a large stage, and even hundreds or thousands of people. There’s something about seeing the whites in people’s eyes, gauging their response to a song and using that to inform how you talk to the people you’re there for. It’s the difference between giving a speech and sitting at a table and having coffee with someone"

Born to Nigerian immigrants, Philadelphia-based independent artist Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing.

 Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played well over 800 shows and has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Cody Chestnutt, Denison Whitmer, Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Serena Ryder, Tyrone Wells, Najee, Allen Toussaint, Seth Glier, and Ken Whitely & The Levy Sisters to name a few. Ike’s path has consistently taken an “anywhere for anyone” approach playing for intimate audiences in coffeehouse, Universities, house concerts, churches, and small theater settings. 

A write-up on NPR’s All Things Considered says “The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop…a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small.” A segment on NPR’s World Cafe (December 2013) featured Ike as one of Pennsylvania’s up-and-coming artists.

"Alexa is first and foremost an artist. Like all great artists she has that uncanny ability to take a sparse palette and create images that are at once simple in their construction but so complex in their imagery."
HR Smith

Alexa Rose hails from southwestern Virginia, where she spent her formative years writing songs about bears in her bedroom window and yodeling from the top of her parents' mountain home. Her music is rootsy and alternative folk, with just a dash of those old, haunted country songs thrown in. Since 2013, Rose has called the Carolina mountains home. These days, you can find her playing shows in many of the music hubs of Appalachia, often sporting her trusty, dusty Frye boots and blue electric guitar, affectionately called "Fruit Loop." Her most recent project, released in April 2016, was recorded in Mountain City. "Rose released her debut recording in 2013, and “Red Balloon” is the much-anticipated follow-up for fans of this up-and-coming rising voice of the region. Rose moved to Boone to attend school at Appalachian State University, and she has been touring up and down the region heavily, gathering fans along the way." - The Mountain Times

At 19, Rose released her debut album, "North," which spoke to her folk influences and featured simple renditions of handmade songs on piano and guitar. The album’s premier track, “The Bear,” was featured on WVTF Public Radio’s “Back to the Blue Ridge” program, as well as other regional radio stations. Rose's new album, titled "Low and Lonesome" is due to be released later this fall. The album features accomplished regional musicians like Matt Smith of the Honeycutters, and JT Linville and Timothy Fisher of Pretty Little Goat Stringband. Channeling artists like Gillian Welch and Joni Mitchell, Rose's performances range from whiskey heartbreak tunes to upbeat, sunny waltzes.

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