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TONIGHT: Folk-pop lady trio Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards play Lo and Behold Records in Hamtramck October 29

Folk-pop lady trio Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards play

Lo and Behold Records in Hamtramck October 29


October 29, 7-10PM: Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, Laura Cortese (fiddle, vocals), Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle/hardingfele/vocals) and Valerie Thompson (cello/vocals) will take their contemporary folk trio sound to Lo and Behold Records October 29 in Hamtramck 7-10PM.  Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards will be of particular interest to 20 and 30-something audiences who are into stylish Americana/folk with smart, sophisticated musical arrangements.


While lush fiddle stylings root their music in a folk tradition, Cortese's vocals are as modern and savvy as they come.  The trio's creations are dark and dreamy: multi-textured gritty and personal original songs with plenty of inspiration from Americana and pop greats.  Vandersteel's sensitive fiddle accompaniments, and Thomspon's rock-solid cello grooves are all over Cortese's latest album "Into the Dark" (released spring 2013). The project has been widely celebrated in music outlets such as No Depression, and Beat Surrender, who describe the album as "a musical landscape [that] is one to admire from afar and in its minutiae." Critic Bill Copeland says, "There is nothing as successful in music as an artist like Cortese who can make you feel the complex emotions of her poetry."


During the "Into the Dark" CD release tour, the trio decided to hang their stars together and form the group Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards. Says Cortese, "From the first gig we just felt like we were in it together. Real camaraderie...all of us mischievously looking for fun on and off stage." Among their tour essentials are "a phone charger and a disco ball for the van".


The group recently announced that they have been selected out of 400 bands to participate in American Music Abroad, a program sponsored by the US State Department, to represent American music in a month long cultural and musical exchange in developing countries across the world. They're required to keep mum for now about where American Music Abroad will send them, but they will be hitting the road starting on January 25th.


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Tuesday: 7pm -11pm Lo & Behold Records 10022 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck, Michigan 48212      

$5 - $10 suggested donation


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