Neyla Pekarek (formerly of The Lumineers)
Molly Parden, Louisa Hall
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Neyla Pekarek began playing cello at age 9 in her native city of Denver, CO. She studied Musical Theatre and got a degree in Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Back in Denver and searching for a teaching position, she answered a Craigslist ad for a local folk band needing a cello player. This band was The Lumineers, and she soon became a core member of the group, playing on their GRAMMY-nominated self-titled debut and follow-up album, and performing on every continent (except Antarctica!). Neyla is a member of Sweet Adelines International, a women's barbershop quartet organization, and she won the 2009 Rising Star championship with her quartet, Vogue. When not making music, Neyla enjoys collecting rubber stamps, true crime TV, and spending time with her pet bunny rabbit, Barbara.
She's currently working on a solo album inspired by the life of Colorado pioneer woman Rattlesnake Kate, who was infamous in the 1920's for her death-defying encounter with a rattlesnake migration.
Born in Jonesboro GA to a family of 9 children that had little exposure to music apart from a church hymnal, Molly Parden’s career in music is something of a mystery—something that happened to her more than it was ever anything she set out for. When none of her siblings took a particular interest in music at a young age, Molly inherited a violin built by her great uncle when she was 8 years old— discovering her lifelong love for music through the haunting simplicity of melodies long before she ever heard pop music, picked up a guitar, or started singing songs of her own.
Molly moved to Nashville in the spring of 2013 and soon discovered she could pay her bills as a singer, providing her memorable and uniquely captivating harmony vocals on over 50 records in just a few years. Though she rarely performed her own songs live, her increasing number of fans and champions—everyone from her mom to Ryan Adams to her fellow songwriters in Nashville’s vibrant underground— encouraged her to finally make a record of her own.
What resulted is a voice that is as haunting as it is comforting, beautifully raw and yet effortlessly just out of reach— a disarming union of aloofness and intimacy that runs throughout her songs, lulling the listener with its cadence of melancholic melodies and searching phrases that whirr in your head long after her songs have gone silent.
But for all its unapproachable beauty, the heart of Molly’s music is humble and profoundly human. They are songs that remind us that heartbreak isn’t simply another marketable human emotion, but is more like a familiar place—a sacred space within all of us. We are all born with a deep sense of loss, and great art has a way of articulating the personal tragedy we’re all born to. It makes listening to Molly’s songs feel like falling into a dream or a distant memory— a beautiful reminder of something we’ve known all along.
Sweet, silly, with "pipes and emotion reminiscent of Loretta Lynn," and lyrics that would "fit on the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend soundtrack," Louisa's brand of relatable music has taken her from the Kennedy CenterMillennium Stage, The Hamilton Live, 9:30 Club, Jammin' Java and more. She is a frequent contributor to The Circus Life podcast, a regular guest of the Nine Songwriter Series, and a ukulele ambassador, teaching and performing at ukulele festivals including the annual Strathmore Uke and Guitar Summit and Baltimore’s Charm City Ukulele Festival. Her debut album, Barista Boyfriend, offers Louisa’s take on everything from internet dating to real-life stalking - and all the awkward moments in between - with her signature mix of earnest yet amusing lyrics set to ear-worm worthy melodies wrapped in lush arrangements.
Advance GA $18 | Day of GA $20
• Full dinner and drink menu available
Wed, August 21
Thu, August 22
Fri, August 23
Sat, August 24
Sat, August 24