The Head and the Heart with Moondoggies and Husky (Au)
Sat. 06/09 | 7:00PM
For over fifteen years the Cactus Club has been among the finest live music venues in Milwaukee, featuring such acts as The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie, Trans Am, The Promise Ring, The Dirtbombs,The Spits, The Faint, Spoon, Bright Eyes, Themselves, Eyedea And Abilities, Andrew Bird, Dan Deacon, Dalek, MC Chris, The Sword, High On Fire, and countless others. Newly remodeled from top to bottom and featuring an impressive Beer and Liquor menu, we open at 3pm daily. We are located at 2496 S. Wentworth. Click here for directions. tel. 414.897.0663Home Events Booking
Sat. 06/09 | 7:00PM
So many decisions in life and in the music we love can come down to a critical tug between the logic in our heads and the hot red blood beating through our hearts. Seattle's The Head and the Heart live authentically in that crux, finding joy and beauty wedged there. Their music pulses effervescently--both explosively danceable and intuitively intelligent. With Americana roots and strong vocal harmonics that swell like a river, this band finds its anchor in solid songwriting that has even the jaded humming along by the second listen.
Leaving a variety of day jobs and academic pursuits, The Head and the Heart came together in the summer of 2009, during frequent visits to the open mic night at Conor Byrne in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. California-transplant Josiah Johnson and Virginia-native Jonathan Russell formed the core songwriting partnership, quickly adding keyboardist Kenny Hensley to the mix. Kenny, then 21, had packed up his piano and moved up to Seattle from California to pursue musical score-writing.
The luminous Charity Rose Thielen, violin and vocals, had just returned from a year of studying and playing music in Paris. Drummer Tyler Williams cold left a successful band in Virginia after Jon sent him the demo of "Down in the Valley," relocating across states to be a part of this. Finally, Chris Zasche, was bartending at Conor Byrne and mentioned one day that he'd be happy to play bass for the nascent band. It all felt right: The Head and the Heart was born. Whether penning songs on the beach at Seattle's Discovery Park, or working out melodies in the piano practice rooms at the Seattle Public Library, Charity describes the early months of the band's existence as touched by a shared purpose and connection. She recalls an email she sent to Josiah that summer, confessing that she was "sleepless and penniless, but inspired nonetheless."
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