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CANCELLED WBKM’s 13th Annual Birthday Bash with Swale, Cricket Blue, Arc Iris

10 January 2020
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Higher Ground

All Ages
$17 advance | $20 day of show



“You might think of Simon & Garfunkel when you first hear Cricket Blue, or of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. But their music is equally evocative of literary voices: Alice Munro, Dylan Thomas, Flannery O’Connor, even a touch of Edward Gorey. The eleven songs on Cricket Blue’s debut album, Serotinalia, feature a cast of characters right out of a short story collection. Their dense, often dark narratives are delivered with intricate guitarwork and catchy hooks. Listeners have lauded their songs as ‘an astonishing mix of original lyrics and arrangements that rewards the casual listener, as well as those who choose to lean forward and roll them around like great pieces of literature and composition’ and an ‘unlikely combination of the gothic, the literary, and the hummable.'”

“On Serotinalia, Cricket Blue set a new standard for fiction folk” – All Scene Eye

“Deft instrumentation . . . beside the ebb and flow of a brilliant, understated vocal performance” – PopMatters

“A fresh-sounding, true delight of an album” – Folk Radio UK

“Spellbinding storytelling” – Red Line Roots

“Melancholy [and] melodically whimsical’” – Atwood Magazine

“Dovetailing harmonies and heart-melting melodies . . . this is indie folk with soul and intellect.” – Seven Days



Providence, RI experimental pop trio Arc Iris fuses story-based songs with dense electronic and orchestral arrangements. The group, which began as the solo project of Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem, includes keyboardist and sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer Ray Belli. Arc Iris released its acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014 on ANTI/Bella Union. Subsequently, the band toured with artists such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. In late 2017, Arc Iris teamed up with Guster’s lead singer, Ryan Miller to form the offshoot band, Bwahaha, and in early 2018, Arc Iris joined Kimbra on her North American tour. Later that year, the trio released back to back records, “Icon of Ego,” on Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing Records, and “Foggy Lullaby”, their re-imagination of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue.’ In mid 2019, Arc Iris completed the composition of their futuristic, dystopian concept record, iTMRW set in the year 2080 that will make its Burlington, VT premiere at ArtsRiot on 2/29/20.