Sometimes you just have to pinch yourself to believe it’s true . . . that’s what we’re feeling about putting dazzling up-and-coming singer/songwriter Micaiah Sawyer and the supremely cool Ameicana duo Robin Alice on the Kay Hall main stage August 17th.
Micaiah is the kind of artist you’ll be proud to say, “I heard her when . . .” In 2018 she was the first ever female artist to win MoPoP’s prestigious Sound Off Competition, a premier 21-and-under music showcase competition. Says Adrienne Clark of the Museum of Pop Culture, “If you want to see the future of folk music, look no further than Micaiah Sawyer.”
Micaiah started singing when she was 16 months old, it’s true, and wrote her first song when she was ten. She brings together gritty blues and folksy soul to make her own, super-listenable sound.
“She has the kind of voice that could make buildings crumble and weep. She sings of weary souls and the salvation of love with a goose- bump-inducing amount of conviction.” – Martin Douglas, KEXP Artist Spotlight
ROBIN ALICE will make a perfect bookend to a great evening. Adroitly mixing pop melodies, rock & roll muscle, out-of-the-box arrangements, and powerhouse vocal performances, Robin Alice is the unexpected pairing of songwriters Kelley Jakle and Jeff Hortillosa. These two can just flat out sing. From Kentucky, Hortillosa broke through as a member of Whiskey Shivers, an unconventional bluegrass band more grounded in punky, rule-breaking spirit than traditional twang. 1500 miles away, Jakle grew up in California, played coffeehouse gigs as a teenager, won a handful of international titles with her college a cappella group (wait for it), and then launched a career as a Hollywood actress. Did you see it coming? She landed her a recurring role in the Pitch Perfect series.
It was during the filming of Pitch Perfect’s third installment that Hortillosa and Jakle played their first songs together. Magic. And off they went. “Our voices balanced each other out,” remembers Jakle, who’d earned a nickname on the Pitch Perfect set — “the professional” — for her a cappella experience and vocal ability.
First time for both on Vashon, and you can see them in person, and you will be glad you did, on August 17th.
Vashon’s own, Maijah Sanson-Frey will open!
Saturday, August 17 | 7:30 pm