South Dakota born songbird and sometimes-wurlitzer-player Haley Bonar is in town performing this week, and if her name rings a bell, you already know what a treat this is. Bonar, who has a handsome handful of independently released records, plays rich, folksy and rockish songs, all laid down and layered with a charming country twang that pays homage to her acoustic hometown roots. A singer, guitarist and organist, she plays both solo, or with Minneapolis-based bandmates Jeremy Ylvisaker and Mike Lewis (who you might recognize from their work with Andrew Bird). New York snagged her for three solo sets this week, as part of her “Waiting for Lightning to Strike” tour with Daniel Martin Moore and Holcombe Waller. And one of those shows is tonight, tonight, tonight! at The Bell House in beautiful Gowanus.
Bonar’s newest album, Golder, came out in April, is perfect summer music: swingy, fun and a little bit sad, good for dinner parties, make-out parties, and catching up over beers in the neighborhood bar. Why not stop by one of the below shows to try out all three at once?
WAITING FOR LIGHTNING TO STRIKE TOUR, NYC DATES:
- Tuesday, 21 June (tonight!) @ The Bell House, 10:30pm
- Thursday, 23 June @ Ace Hotel, 2pm (super intimate acoustic “bed-in” performance)
- Thursday, 23 June @ Mercury Lounge, 7:30pm
All of us over at Happy Ending are pretty excited about Thursday afternoon’s mini-show, which will feature mini acoustic sets (2-3 songs) from each performer, plus maybe a few songs together, and maybe a few sing-alongs. Meanwhile, the hooky-playing audience will crowd around a cozy bed for some music listening magic. We hope to see you there, early and often.
For a sneak peak of Haley’s music, check out her website.