Benefit for the Howards

Benefit for the Howards

Sarah Jaffe, The O's, DJ Taylor Rea, Josh Fleming & the boys from the Van, Kaela Sinclair, DJ Empty Cylinder, The Azalea Project, Buffalo Black, Jonas Martin, ThatKidCam

Thu, February 4, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$10.00

This event is all ages

Benefit for the Howards
Benefit for the Howards
Kevin and Becki are generously giving those that love them a glimpse into sweet, private moments. Thank you for your love, prayers, good thoughts, good vibes, and support.

Becki had to be admitted to Baylor Labor and Delivery due to severe preeclampsia and through a series of tests, they determined that they will have to deliver the baby 12 weeks early.

Donations accepted at HOWARDS.CO and at Trees the night of the show. Raffles will take place all night as well.

Come support Felix!
Sarah Jaffe
Sarah Jaffe
For 28-year-old singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe, Don't Disconnect is both a mission statement and a call to arms-- an album about getting to know yourself in a hyper-connected world that makes it nearly impossible to do just that. In the six years since her debut EP Even Born Again was self-released in 2008, Jaffe's endearingly stark narratives have gone from homespun folk-pop songs in the lineage of Lucinda Williams to decidedly cathartic pop ballads that rest at the intersection of indie, folk, and electronic-- without losing any of the thoughtfulness or intimacy. "In a testament to old and new", she once sang on her EP's title track, and that is a designation that stands even as her music continues to evolve.

After wowing crowds at Austin City Limits in the late 2000's, she signed with Kirtland Records and released Suburban Nature produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent and Wye Oak ). When The Body Wins arrived in 2012, the pace of Jaffe's music had shifted but the delicacy had not: the record's instrumentation veered more towards electro-pop, but the troubadour storytelling and heartfelt lyricism was every bit as cerebral. "There's always a point/ A point of no return," she sang memorably on "Mannequin Woman", which she later performed for her late night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, "Always something to give up/ Always something to learn". Outside of her own music, Jaffe was learning too, her voice featured in the Disney/Pixar short The Blue Umbrella scored by Jon Brion and she began a writing partnership with hip-hop producer S1 (Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jay Z.) The duo's first collaborative, "Bad Guy" on whose chorus Jaffe both wrote and sings became the lead-off track on Eminem's MMLP2 LP.

The learning and experimenting continues on Don't Disconnect and through the record Jaffe's vocals continually impress: on "Either Way" she channels a sultry smokiness while conjuring a mystique whose elegance is underscored by weeping strings and staccato drum builds. On "Slow Pour," her voice floats almost ethereally over the music, but on every song, the sound is uniquely her own.

Ultimately, the desire to stay connected in the right way-- with yourself, and with the people who matter-- is what drives the album. Jaffe describes Don't Disconnect as being about coming to terms with who she is: "It's sort of like my hands are up in the air," she says, "We're constantly comparing ourselves, whether we know it or not, because there's always something out there to compare to. So [Don't Disconnect] is a self-diagnosis, but it's light hearted." Don't Disconnect is about learning to live with yourself, but it ultimately shows the power of remembering that you don't have to do it alone.
The O's
The O's
We started our group in the summer of 2008, and after having known each other through all of our other groups (Polyphonic Spree, Young Heart Attack, Slick 57, Rose County Fair, Hi-Fi Drowning, etc), it was an easy upstart and took no time jumping in head first. We both had songs that we felt needed to be played but no band to use as an outlet. Three months later, we entered the recording studio and recorded an EP which ended up being half of our first album "We Are The O's" (2009 Idol Records).

We have since toured relentlessly all across the US, UK, Europe, and even jaunted to Hawaii, hi-fiving friends and fans alike; just trying to keep ourselves out on the road and creating new music for good people. In 2011, we recorded our second album with the Grammy award winning Stuart Sikes. Entitled "Between The Two," we decided to play every instrument on the album and had Stuart man the helm. It was liberating and exciting and brought us further than we had been before.

We hit the road again jumping back and forth across the great ponds, made music videos, bought and broke vans, bought and broke gear, ate poorly, ate well, had fun and not so much fun, met amazing people, learned a lot about life, forgot a lot of things, slept a little, bought and wore out hundreds of pairs of pants and shirts, resoled our cowboy boots countless times, played with incredible artists, performed on TV shows, talk shows, radio shows, festivals, clubs, bars, restaurants, several different countries and continents, swam in clear water, dredged through the gulf, and other countless, endless adventures to name.
We did this all as we have always, to make good music for good people.

And into the future we go with "Thunderdog", our third studio album released in 2013. We decided to record the majority of the new album, at the recommendation of our great producer, Chris "Frenchie" Smith, in Tornillo, TX at the legendary Sonic Ranch Studio. It's a state of the art, top notch studio where we could stay on site, eat on site, and record without distractions (other than the delicious Sonic Ranch "Salsa de Roja" that lead to many debates on whether or not anything would taste good without it afterwords…) We finished up the album at The Bubble in Austin, TX and look forward to getting it into everyone's hands!

See you folks on the other side and we look forward to the ride.
DJ Taylor Rea
DJ Taylor Rea
as a pop electronic act with genre bending aesthetics and sweetheart synth ballads. Soaring through a voyage of light and sound, Rea’s voice encompasses the heart and surrenders your soul to the rhythm and beats.
Josh Fleming & the boys from the Van
Josh Fleming & the boys from the Van
Following a handful of releases with his loud and dirty rock trio The Phuss – including 2014’s "On the Prowl" – Joshua Fleming took something of a detour with his next project. On New Year’s Day Fleming resolved to spend 2015 making a country record.
Not one to throw around terms like supergroup, the ragtag bunch of rockers and longtime country vets – John Pedigo (The O’s), Jack Russell (Whiskey Folk Ramblers), Cory Graves (Whiskey Folk Ramblers),
Dustin Fleming (Vinyl), Guyton Sanders (The Happy Bullets) and Travis Curry (Armadillo Creek) – is no less super. Nevertheless, the Vandoliers manage to blaze a trail all their own, mixing in healthy doses of honky-tonky and bar rock into its trademark brand of Ameri-Kinda, a genre that they, admittedly, just made up. But then, taking traditional formulas into uncharted territories is part of what makes the band so goddamn fun.
Kaela Sinclair
Kaela Sinclair
The music of Kaela Sinclair, the 23 year old from Denton, TX. Debut LP Sun & Mirror coming 10.8.13.

"Mirror is a lush, richly textured piece of work brimming with ambition and suffused with a dark beauty. In short, one of the best albums to emerge from the DFW area thus far in 2013."
-DFW.com

"Though this marks the debut for Denton newcomer Kaela Sinclair, it's got all the ingredients to help the 23-year-old become the Little D's next big thing."
- Central Track

"Denton's Kaela Sinclair possesses a honeyed voice akin to those of Regina Spektor and Sarah Jaffe"
- Dallas News, Pop Culture Guide

"Kaela Sinclair shines on her debut LP, 'Sun & Mirror'. Befitting the 23-year-old Sinclair's tenacious vision, Sun & Mirror exudes a startling ambition. Whatever comes next for Sinclair, one thing is certain: there will be no half measures. [Her debut] is one of the best albums to emerge from North Texas so far this year."
- Ft. Worth Star Telegram

"Truly a magnificent production"
-Indieverse
The Azalea Project
The Azalea Project
"The Azalea Project sounds like an amalgam of some of the most lauded independent rock acts of the aughts. Mix in the spirit of the short-lived Bay Area band Girls, the harmonies and tenderness of Local Natives and the punch of Dr. Dog, and you get something along the lines of the Azalea Project, though there's also something inherently unique about them."

-Dallas Observer
Buffalo Black
Buffalo Black
Jmil Kly aka Buffalo Black represents a new breed of Artistry out of Dallas, Texas. Given light and breath on May 2nd, he was raised in Dallas with the perspective of an observer, eager to stake a claim in the world. Also a Philosophy Student at the University of North Texas, music became an important avenue of creativity in his life in early 2009. During then, he began crafting himself for his debut mixtape, "Flomogenic", later released in May of 2010. After that followed preparation for his debut EP, "NEOTokyo", which carried apocalyptic themes and concepts derived from Anime Films such as, "Akira". Afterwards, a creative void and personal conflict compelled him to develop the concept for his next EP, "The Boy King", which inherited sounds influenced by several artists such as Hans Zimmer, Alpha, Brian Eno, Kanye West and Flying Lotus. In late 2011 he was honored as one of the top 10 Best Local Hip Hop Acts in the Dallas Area by the Dallas Observer. He now turns his aims towards developing himself as a producer and rapper under the moniker of "Buffalo Black" in association with "Jmil Kly", discovering himself and uncovering new forms of visual/sound manifestations along the way. - See more at: http://bfloblack.com/about-me/#sthash.hbPkMmWB.dpuf
Jonas Martin
Jonas Martin
Jonas Martin is a Dallas-based songwriter and performer who always serves his music with a side of sarcasm. Pulling from legendary songwriters like Randy Newman, Ray Davies and Harry Nilsson, Martin weaves personal self-observation and social commentary with the fundamentals of rock and roll. The result is a gritty breed of musical satire with a sound reminiscent of modern musicians like Jack White or The Black Keys.

Since his father was a radio disc jockey for most of Martin's childhood (working at 98.7 KLUV in Dallas, among others), Martin grew up listening to an archive of classic musical icons. He played a variety of instruments throughout his younger years but found that he had a passion for piano and other keyboard instruments in his early twenties. In 2009, Martin landed a gig in a Beatles tribute band called From Us To You, in which he was really able to hone his playing and songwriting skills. Thereafter he was picked up by indie rockers Goodnight Ned and recorded the band's debut Smoke from the Sails, which earned a spot among the "Top 10 Albums of 2012" on dfDubReport. He also plays with several other DFW-based bands including Larry g(EE), Cody Jasper, J. Charles & the Train Robbers, Bad Mountain and The Hazardous Dukes.

Martin has shared the stage with acts like Holly Golightly, Sons of Fathers, The Weeks, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Caitlin Rose, Turnpike Troubadours, The Toadies and Sarah Jaffe. With Goodnight Ned's most recent release, "Ned", he has graced the No. 1 spot on Central Track's buzz rankings and been nominated for "Best Local Music Release", "Best Album", "Best Group Act" and "Best Rock Act" by the Dallas Observer (2014).

On his first solo endeavor, Chokecherry Jam, due out in early 2015, Martin flexes his songwriting muscles, giving listeners a direct line into a heartfelt, if often times wry, way of thinking. Recorded at Nest Recording Studios in Dripping Springs, TX and Electrophunck Recording in Dallas, Chokecherry Jam boasts a lineup of DFW rock royalty, including Jason Burt (guitar, vocals, production), Nick Jay (bass, organ, piano, production), Wade Cofer (bass, drums, guitars, vocals), Nate Wedan (drums, percussion), and Jon Knudson (organ, violin, saxophone). The album was mastered by six-time Grammy award winner Brian Lucey, who has mastered albums for The Black Keys, Dr. John, Arctic Monkeys, Dr. Dog, Ray LaMontagne and many others.

Whether he's singing about insomnia, love, philosophical turmoil or erectile dysfunction, Martin makes it clear there's no topic that can't be turned into a punch line.
Venue Information:
Trees
2709 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226
http://treesdallas.com/