Harrison Whitford / Johanna Samuels

Bootleg Theater Presents

Harrison Whitford / Johanna Samuels

Nik Freitas

Thu. May 3, 2018

8:30 pm

Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage

Los Angeles, CA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Harrison Whitford
Harrison Whitford
Harrison Whitford is a solo artist and an accomplished guitarist, having worked in the studio and on the stage with artists ranging from Willie Nelson, Phoebe Bridgers, Ryan Adams, Jonny Lang, Conor Oberst, Korey Dane, Joe Bonamassa and many more. His own music features personal lyrics and touches on the more emotional side of the singer/songwriter genre. His debut solo record, Afraid of Everything is to be released Winter 2017.
Johanna Samuels
Johanna Samuels
Indie-songstress Johanna Samuels is a breath of fresh air. She revives the singer-songwriter genre with carefully crafted lyrics and earnest pop-laden choruses. The native New Yorker grew up in Los Angeles, before returning to NY at the age of 18. She spent her time in school singing in school choirs, learning to play the songs of her musical heroes by ear. Naturally, Samuels began writing music of her own in her bedroom. At a time where the burgeoning music scene in Brooklyn was bustling DIY venues merging shows that showcased both well-known indie acts with dozens of undiscovered artists, Samuels was inspired to take her songs to the stage. Soon she was playing sold out shows at Glasslands and Union Pool.

In 2012 she recorded and self-released a six-track EP, Giant Fantasy Life and assembled a 4-piece backing band. Her sincere performances drew audiences in, making her one of the most promising acts to rise out of the New York indie scene.

In early spring of 2013 she recorded her first full-length album, titled Double Bind. After recording basic tracks with the band at a quilt factory-turned-studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Samuels and drummer Fen Ikner worked on the tracks whenever the had a chance.The songs on Double Bind were written in Johanna's apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and all share a sentiment of necessary separation or as Samuels puts it "…attempting to own myself and stand on my two feet."

She explains, "While recording the album, a good friend had described the term Double Bind: a dynamic wherein two emotional demands are met but consequently negate each other, leaving one person to feel trapped. For some reason that struck a deep chord in me. It is from that place that many of these songs grew."

Samuels moved back to LA late last year, a sound that is reflected in her upcoming EP Home and Dry: Told a Lie. The songs on the EP melt thoughtful narratives with sunny arrangements. Samuels enters the latest chapter in her artistry, while earnestly pouring out her heart, soul and creativity in the form of ear candy for us all. The best is yet to come.
Nik Freitas
Nik Freitas
Nik Freitas is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Los Angeles, CA. A self taught musician and engineer, Nik records and plays everything on his albums. He has released 6 records since 2002, and just finished his 7th entitled 'New to Here' due out in 2015.

Nik has toured his own music extensively and has been the opening act on many U.S./European tours for such bands as Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Rilo Kiley, Azure Ray, and The Submarines.

In early 2008, Nik became a member Conor Oberst's Mystic Valley Band. Freitas played guitar on and toured for Oberst's 2008 self titled solo album, and 2009's 'Outer South', including having two of his own songs featured on the album.
In 2010 Nik joined the live performing band for the Danger Mouse and James Mercer project Broken Bells, and spent the year playing guitar on the road with the band. At home in L.A. Nik writes and records at his home studio called Poppy Peak and has had his songs featured on Film ('The One I Love', 'Devolved') Television shows on FOX (New Girl, Ben & Kate) MTV ( Real World, Teen Mom, Slednecks, Viva la Bam) and HBO (Sleeper Cell).
Freitas has also had the opportunity to work at other studios on larger productions, most notably playing guitar on The Shins record "Port of Morrow". Always up for taking a break from the studio, Nik also keeps busy on the road playing drums forJenny Lewis in 2012 (west coast tour) Bass for Johnathan Rice in 2013 (US tour) and Bass for M. Ward in 2014 (Australia, Europe, and Eastern U.S).

Look for the new album 'New to Here' and other recording from Nik in 2015.
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
http://www.bootlegtheater.org/