Don't miss this week's Free At Noon Doubleheader with singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and rapper, singer, and spoken word artist Dessa.
Laura Veirs is a singer-songwriter raised in Colorado, now living with her husband and two boys in Portland, Oregon. Her first album was self titled and released in 1999 featuring just her and a guitar. Her ninth and latest album Warp and Weft was produced by her husband Tucker Martine, who also joins in playing a variety of instruments. It was recorded in a basement studio and features guests such as Neko Case, and some members of The Decemberists. The album made it's debut at number 10 on the US Folk Albums charts.
Recent Release:Warp & Weft Release Date: August 20, 2013 Label: Raven Marching Band Records
One of hip-hop’s most diverse and talented artists, Dessa is known to a national audience as a rapper, a singer, and a potent, imaginative lyricist. This Doomtree veteran combines wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect. Dessa spins delicate and charged stories and animates them with her expressive alto voice, arresting for its honest, clear simplicity. She's achieved immense national recognition with the release of her newest album, Parts of Speech, which debuted at #71 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma, the New York ensemble theater company, embodies what is most prized about the FringeArts Festival...an absolutely original approach to stagecraft that constantly explores new terrain. In their 14 years the Obie award-winning company has drawn admirers around the world and are returning to FringeArts for the third time to present their latest work, Life and Times, Episodes 1-5.