Genevieve and A Great Big World to play Belly Up Aspen
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Who: A Great Big World with Genevieve
Where: Belly Up Aspen
When: Tuesday, March 29, 8 p.m.
How much: $20-$65
Tickets: Belly Up box office; http://www.bellyupaspen.com
Genevieve is still in the demo phase of making her debut solo album but has already caught the ears of listeners with the song “Colors,” a five-song EP and an inspired NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
The Los Angeles-based pop singer, born Genevieve Schatz, previously fronted the Chicago indie rock band Company of Thieves and started writing solo material when the band broke up three years ago. On her own, she crafted a bright and uplifting suite of songs for the promising EP “Show You Colors.” Her popular Tiny Desk session, performed with multi-instrumentalist Chris Faller and aided by loop pedals, showcased the stripped-down new songs and sound she’s now discovering — poppy, upbeat, thematically arranged around a girl-power feminist spirit.
“It’s scary to step out and reveal a new side of myself to the world,” she said. “So I’m taking it one day at a time.”
Striking out on her own, she said, felt like a return to her initial musical inspiration, before she began playing with Company of Thieves as a teenager.
“As a young child I never thought, ‘I’m going to be in a rock band with a soul-indie flare!’” she said. “I’m just honoring that pure initial spark of creative expression, which for me always seems to come in the form of music.”
Genevieve will play Belly Up on March 29, opening up for A Great Big World. She met the New York-based duo on an unlikely proving ground: a cruise themed around the band Train, sailing from Florida through the Caribbean with daily concerts by Train and supporting bands including Genevieve and A Great Big World.
“How hilarious to be in the middle of the ocean with a few thousand people — there’s an endless buffet line, just running into tons of people,” she said. “I met A Great Big World, and I met the Wailers.”
She and bandmate Faller, who plays keys and guitar among other instruments, have been working on new songs for a full album, following up on last year’s “Show Your Colors.” She’s planning to test out some of the new material at the Aspen show.
“It’s exciting to take chances on new songs on the road to see how they stand on their own,” she said.
She and Faller also are experimenting with some different instruments, including a kalimba, and some cover songs. Most all of it will be new to the Aspen audience, as March 29 marks her local debut.
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