Heather Mae Trio (Joe Stevens & JJ Jones)

Ivy Room Presents

Heather Mae Trio (Joe Stevens & JJ Jones)

Eli Conley

Sun · December 16, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

This event is 21 and over

Heather Mae Trio (Joe Stevens & JJ Jones)
Heather Mae Trio (Joe Stevens & JJ Jones)
This is a record for the light seekers, the good trouble makers. This is a record for when you're in the dark, searching for the light. This is a record for the good fight. Piano driven alt-pop featuring cinematic strings, vibrant brass, and a driving bass line, compliment atmospheric tom-heavy drums (a la Fleetwood Mac’s "Go Your Own Way").
Mae, a powerhouse performer and earthshaking vocalist, has taken her personal struggle with mental health, placed it into a record and live show, and turned her experience into a universal light force that shines for every audience member.
This is not your mother's social justice music. This is not a flower-in-your-hair, solo acoustic guitar performer singing songs and taking encores while throwing peace. Heather is an empowering, on-fire, musical experience delivered via explosive vocals over high energy rhythm-heavy instrumentation that bursts in the chest of every audience member, moved to their core by her passion and message of self-love.
Heather’s mission - to leave behind a legacy of changing the world for better - can be seen at the end of every show: she stays until the last audience member receives exactly what they need from her (even if that means moving her ever-present merch line to the parking lot after the venue has closed).
"In 2019, I will be debuting my new live (all LGBTQ) backing band: vocalist, bassist and trans-performer activist, Joe Stevens (formerly Coyote Grace, toured w/ Melissa Ferrick and Indigo Girls) and female empowerment drummer, JJ Jones (formerly Girlyman, toured w/ Indigo Girls). With them, my live show is the album: come to life." - HM
Eli Conley
Eli Conley
Eli Conley titled his sophomore album Strong and Tender, but he might well have been describing himself. On stage he’s an earnest yet funny storyteller. His songs address big themes like gender, aging, and death through the concrete and immediate details of daily life: a stolen truck, a flopping fish, a dime in the pocket.

For Strong and Tender, Eli brought his touring band into the studio for the first time. Cellist Conrad Sisk (Blue Line Highway, Rattlemouth) and multi-instrumentalist Joel Price (ellipsis, Open Hand) joined him at Tiny Telephone, an all-analog studio that has hosted such notables as Mirah, tUnE-yArDs, Jolie Holland, and The Magnetic Fields. Eli has been featured in the Huffington Post and the Advocate. He’s opened for Grammy-winner Kimya Dawson and the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, and founded Queer Country West Coast, a regular series featuring LGBTQ country artists in the Bay Area.

Strong and Tender tells rich stories ranging from the highs and lows of love to fierce political anthems. “Maybe the ozone will open up and we’ll all go to our graves/Maybe we’ll end this mess we’re in, I believe we can still be saved,” he sings on the humorous yet pointed “All That Ends.” “What I’m Worth” is told in the voice of a transgender man dreaming of escape from his hometown, yet demanding in the here and now “don’t try to tell me what I’m worth.” On “Get In My Own Way,” Eli laughs at himself for procrastinating on songwriting yet again. “Strong” is a tribute to the Movement for Black Lives that also reflects on losses Eli has faced in his personal life.

At heart, Eli is a clear-eyed songwriter with high hopes for the human race. His songs urge us to love ourselves even when it feels like the world does not. You can’t help but sing along.
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706