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Erin Cassels Brown, Josh Speers, Wildflower Show

September 2, 2023 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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|Erin Cassels-Brown|
Erin Cassels-Brown doesn’t know how to take a break. In the odd off-hours between stints building houses, making pizzas and working at a preschool he’s managed to perform over five hundred shows in 18 states since 2017. Building upon the elbow grease-fueled momentum of his EP, Northern Lights Vol. 1, the Winooski, VT-based songwriter finally swings for the fences with his debut album, Dreamin’ On Overdrive.

Dreamin’ On Overdrive didn’t emerge from a straight line. After a strange two year stint in college he left school to read rock and roll autobiographies, write songs, and drink a few too many Labatt Blues. A whirlwind of odd jobs and local bands landed him with his feet mostly on the ground and a collection of songs that would be the beginning of his writing career. Comprised of life stories derived from “fantasies, hopes and a wispy, unstable resource: human memories”, (Jordan Adams, Seven Days) his unique brand of celestial country music walks the line between the milky way and a county fair. “Precocious lyrics and a grizzled delivery” (#) propelled him from an economically-required tenure as an acoustic-slinging street busker to a “proper band album of full-throated roots-rock – emphasis on the rock.” (Ray Padget, County Tracks)
|Josh Speers|
Josh Speers was born into a family of teachers and ministers in Delaware. He toured heavily up and down the East coast in bar bands and settled in western Massachusetts for a time while working as a studio potter. Heavily influenced by Paul Westerberg and Tom Petty as well as writers Thomas McGuane and Jim Harrison, his songs explore the big and small corners of American life. 
|Wildflower (solo)|
Wildflower is the songwriting project of Adrian O’Barr, based in Portland, Maine. Taking inspiration ranging from Neil Young to vintage British Isles folk rock, the music seeks to explore a distinctive vision of an “Atlantic” music and tell stories of a changing coastline. Their second album, The Ocean Rose, was released in September, 2021, via Los Angeles label Night Bloom Records. They are currently working on a new record, for which they received a generous ARP grant from SPACE Gallery and the state of Maine.