Johanna Samuels Residency  - Free

Bootleg Theater Presents

Johanna Samuels Residency - Free

Lukas Frank, Cillie Barnes, A.O. Gerber

Mon. July 16, 2018

8:30 pm

Bootleg Theater

Los Angeles, CA

Free

This event is 21 and over

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.
Lukas Frank
Lukas Frank
Lukas Frank is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer who started touring professionally at 18, playing as a drummer for hire with artists like Portugal. The Man, Alexandra Savior, Phoebe Bridgers, HANDS, Black English, Kitten, DECORATOR, and many other Los Angeles based artists. After several years of touring, he decided to quit playing as a hired gun and pursue his own project full time, this time at the front of the stage. Already, his music has been selected to be prominently featured in an upcoming Netflix original series, "Godless", with music supervision by T Bone Burnett. Frank has spent the last four years honing an EP that’s been kept entirely behind closed doors, an EP that features many of the musicians he met touring the country. The result is a veritable supergroup of musicians and songwriters, all contributing to a project that has taken its time to develop and become a fully realized, impactful musical statement.
Cillie Barnes
Cillie Barnes
As a collective of LA night-crawlers, Cillie Barnes is a five-piece, avant-pop project helmed by Vanessa Long, previously in Family of the Year.

On board with Long now are Marko Kurtović, Nick White, Thomas Berg, and Andrew Tyler – and for those keeping tabs, their celebrity couple name would be Bergler Long Whitević.

The LA native released two E.P.’s,

Happy Valley and Friendly Witch (produced by Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott);

Had her songs placed in a couple television shows, and has had some quotes written about her.

“Cillie channels the mysterious manic pixie..” (MTV)

Some have described the music as, “Unsettling stylistically as it is thematically..”(BuzzBands)

And some say that it, “Falls around you like a cloak of magic, rich and duskily beautiful..” (Vice Noisy)

But that’s all in the past now and you can make up your own damn mind, can’t you?


Cillie Barnes’ debut full-length, Cobra Lily, produced by Joe Keefe, welcomes you into her moon-lit, imaginative world of sentimental storytelling, anthemic dream pop, and cinematic instrumentation.

A theatrical thread flows throughout these songs transporting you to Twin Peak’s Roadhouse; like at the end of an episode..

leaving you light and lifted, a vague haunting settling sneakily into the dust.

After playing shows with Jenny Lewis, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Maria Taylor, Elliot Sumner, etc..and their own month long residency at The Satellite, Long and her crew enjoy the finer things in life.

Running the Grand Canyon, Good animation, Haunted houses, Hounds, Cheese, Boardgames, Murder Mysteries and Magick.
A.O. Gerber
A.O. Gerber
Los Angeles based musician
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
http://www.bootlegtheater.org/