with special guests JG Thirlwell, Doveman, Joan As Police Woman, Kevin Corrigan, Kate Mattison, and more

Thu February 14th, 2013


Main Space

Minimum Age: 18+

Doors Open: 6:00PM

Show Time: 7:00PM

Event Ticket: $15

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On February 14, spend a very cozy Valentine’s evening with Elysian Fields. The band will be playing their most romantic material. Not to mention they will also be having an array of fabulous co-horts join them on stage for some special VDay duets! Special guests to include JG Thirlwell, Doveman, Joan As Police Woman, Kevin Corrigan, Kate Mattison, and more!

Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
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Cassandra Jenkins

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Yes, it’s finally here. Play Till You Win, the much anticipated first full-length album by New York songwriter and visual artist Cassandra Jenkins, is coming out April 7 (on Cassandra Complex).

Play Till You Win is both an elaboration on and a departure from Cassandra’s previous work, which includes an acclaimed, self-released EP in 2013, singles “Rabbit” and “Wild World” (a Cat Stevens cover that was prominently featured on the trailer for HBO’s The Returned), and the lusciously orchestrated “Perfect Day” (especially written for Philadelphia’s celebrated Weathervane Music documentary web series Shaking Through).

Her new songs, described as “a beautiful blend of smoke and delicacy,” showcase Cassandra’s roots while disarming the listener with lush arrangements and “warm and woozy guitar” (Consequence of Sound). Catchy aural ghosts that recall George Harrison’s Dylan-obsessed All Things Must Pass haunt the record’s melodies as a constant stylistic lodestar, as cited by co-producer Sam Owens (aka Sam Evian). Woven throughout are nods to Lee Hazlewood’s Hollywood-and-Vine country surrealism as well as Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch’s work for Julee Cruise, resulting in a tapestry that is “tender and trance like” (Interview magazine), both sinister and sincere.

It was the Nudie-besuited Gram Parsons, one of several patron saints lovingly looking over and bestowing their grace over Play Till You Win, who famously declared when asked if he played “country rock,” that he preferred to call what he played “cosmic American music”. What makes Cassandra’s new collection stand out from fellow acolytes of psychedelic burritos and dusty journeys through gilded palaces of sin, is that her vision and scope of influences are broad, idiosyncratic and ever-changing. Not to speak of her unique background—she grew up in Manhattan, in a family of jazz musicians. Much like Parsons, Cassandra uses the clarity and smoldering sense of longing conveyed by her “smokey vocals” (NPR) to transcend her urban surroundings in order to connect to a deeper, quintessentially American vein of expression.

All these aspects and interests coalesce in a truly multilayered album. Her personal, matured exploration of shifting desire, the roles between lovers, and an uneasy sense of narcissism made explicit by Cassandra’s DIY music videos (she handcrafts most of her own art, costumes and videos herself), is also influenced by visual and performance artists like Marcel Dzama, Mike Kelley and Chris Burden, renowned figures of contemporary art who also retain (sometimes tragically) an aura of folk or outsider art. This is not trivial for the aims of Cassandra’s album, a deceptive piece of pop that hides a pretty serious, committed art/occult meditation on self, desire and, yes, ch-ch-ch-changes.

The cosmos in Cassandra’s self proclaimed “Cosmic American” songs are both macro and micro, within and without you, as a certain Beatle would say. Play Till You Win is a rich album with deep roots, a sophisticated art heart and a mature point of view about the masks (and complications) of desire.

special guests JG Thirlwell, Doveman, Joan As Police Woman, Kevin Corrigan, Kate Mattison, and more

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