Oct. 26: Edie Carey w/ Gina Chavez

"Edie Carey is gifted with one of those voices that could sound great singing anything... Vulnerable and pleasing, Carey draws us into her world, where we find we have a lot in common." -Paste Magazine

"[Carey] found her true calling in music...her pop-folk songs are smart tales of love, life and longing." - Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Edie Carey is known for her unmistakable soulful voice, her intelligent, heart-grabbing songs, but perhaps most especially for her warm, engaging presence on - and off - stage. As much a part of her show as the music itself, Edie's wry and often self-mocking humor makes audiences feel as though they have just spent an evening with a very close friend.

“Accidental Poet,” one of Edie Carey’s earliest songs, describes a particularly eloquent friend, but could just as easily refer to Carey herself and the circuitous and serendipitous route that led her to become one of the country’s most notable young songwriters. Somehow, all of the seemingly unrelated turns – from her intention to become a doctor, to a tiny music room in the basement of a Morningside Heights’ chapel, to a year in Italy – managed to steer her towards music.

Since 2000, she has been working as a full-time performing songwriter, touring rigorously to promote all of her independently self-released records, which now include Come Close, her 2002 live CD, When I Was Made (2004), Another Kind of Fire (2006), itsgonnabegreat (2008) (a collaboration with award-winning singer-songwriter Rose Cousins), and the latest addition to her growing catalog, Bring The Sea. Looking back, she has to wonder if maybe this wasn’t an accident after all.

Gina Chavez, who won this year's Austin Music Award for best Latin Traditional artist, will be opening for Edie. Plucking her custom-built charango, Latina folk-rocker Gina Chavez is heralded as the Joni Mitchell of Latin music. With music that is an eclectic mix of Latin, folk, and blues, Gina is finally getting the recognition she deserves.  In her first East Coast tour in August, she played at Joe's Pub in NY and performed a solo show at the Barnes Foundation. Take a listen here to one of the songs she performed at Joe's Pub, and you'll see why we're enthusiastic about her. As Felix Contreras from NPR's alt.latino says, "I was really knocked out by that voice... she's another proud example of Austin music."