The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in partnership with Flying Saucer Presents, is pleased to welcome Portland-based sister trio Joseph with guest Liza Anne on Monday, October 2, 2017. Tickets for Joseph with guest Liza Anne will go on sale this Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10 a.m.
$25.00 – General Admission Standing
Doors 7:00 p.m. / Show 8:00 p.m.
There is nothing like the sound of siblings singing together. Whether it’s the Beach Boys or the Everly Brothers—or, more recently, First Aid Kit—absorbing the same breathing rhythms and speech patterns adds an element to vocal harmonies that can be pure magic. With the release of I’m Alone, No You’re Not, the mesmerizing, hypnotic sound of the trio known as Joseph—made up of sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner—joins this elite company.
But the Closners didn’t actually start singing together when they were growing up in Oregon, the children of artistic parents (their dad was a jazz singer and drummer, their mom a theater teacher). Natalie was the performer. Twins Meegan and Allison stayed out of her lane, joining in for their mother’s musical theater productions but otherwise avoiding the spotlight. When Natalie was in college, she began pursuing music more seriously. She had recorded an EP and done a few rounds of touring when a friend sat her down one day. “He took me aside and said, ‘I don’t think you really believe in this.’ It stopped me in my tracks.” She thought deeply about the music she was making and had a curious epiphany; she decided to ask her sisters if they would consider singing with her.
After some hesitation, Meegan and Allison were in. A transformation occurred when the Closners were in the process of recording their first album, Native Dreamer Kin. At the time, they were calling themselves Dearborn, but their producer felt that the name didn’t fit the strength of the music. They went to visit their grandfather Jo, in the eastern Oregon town of Joseph. Allison made a playlist for the trip and called it “Joseph,” which is what influenced the band’s name. “Once she said it, it just hit us all—that’s what this is and who we are, these are the sounds of the land that we’ve lived on,” says Natalie.
The initial reaction to the music on I’m Alone, No You’re Not has been remarkable. Joseph was selected as a #SpotifySpotlight artist, and booked for festivals including Bonnaroo, Pickathon, and Sasquatch even prior to the release of the single “White Flag,” a song inspired by an article predicting a massive earthquake for the Pacific Northwest. Most rewarding for the Closner sisters has been feeling the audience response to the new songs. “It really is about connection with people, and we’re so grateful we’ve gotten the chance to do that. This has been a totally wild journey, and we’re constantly blown away with possibility of what could be.”
Hailing from the quiet coast of Georgia, Liza Anne has recently found a home in Nashville as an indie artist exploring rock, folk, and experimental music. While in college, Liza independently released her first album The Colder Months with WXPN praising the title track as “a beautiful, melancholy song showcasing an exciting new singer-songwriter.” Liza’s 2015 follow-up album TWO brought the attention of KCRW, Paste Magazine, Nylon, and a video premiere on NPR Music.