SongSpace at First Unitarian welcomes Antje Duvekot with special guest Kayla Schureman on Saturday, September 23 at 7:30pm. SongSpace is located at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 605 Morewood Avenue in Shadyside. Tickets $15 advance through brownpapertickets.com or $20 at the door; $5 discount for students / limited income. Details at uusongspace.com.
Blending uncommonly beautiful vocals with sharp poetic sensibilities, Antje Duvekot writes songs that have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism and street-smart romanticism.
Antje solidified her reputation as one of Boston's top singer-songwriters with Big Dream Boulevard, her debut studio album released on songwriter Ellis Paul's label. It was voted "#1 Folk Release of 2006" by the Boston Globe and was named to the "Top 10 Releases of the Year" by NPR’s Folk Alley. In October 2016, Antje released her fourth studio album, Toward the Thunder, which centers on themes of resilience and striving for something better, and features an impressive cast of folk royalty from Shawn Mullins to Anais Mitchell, Liz Longley, John Gorka, Martyn Joseph to Kris Delmhorst and Richard Shindell.
Antje holds three of the top prizes in the singer-songwriter world: Kerrville New Folk Competition’s Best New Folk award, Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Artist and a grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Neil Dorfsman, the producer of Bruce Springsteen, says, "When I first heard Antje I knew I was witnessing something very special. She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade and always generate the heat and light that real art should. In an unpoetic and 'in your face' world, she is lyrical and subtle.”
California native Kayla Schureman lives and performs with her band in Pittsburgh. Kiss the Ground, Kayla’s first full-length album released in March 2017, is a windows-down, whatever the weather, drive through the Americana soundscape with subtle nods to artist like Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Jason Isbell. A little bit country, and never short on rock and roll, the album tells a story that’s there and back and gone again with plenty of guitar along the way.