When: Fri., July 30, 9-11:30 p.m.
Shireen Amini is an independent artist and a self-described queer, Puerto Rican-Iranian-American, Earth-loving musician based in Bend, Oregon. She is most known for fronting the successful Latin dance rock band ¡Chiringa! for the last 8 years. Her new solo album "Break Myself Free" was successfully crowdfunded through the pandemic, recorded in Boston, MA in October 2020, and will now poignantly be released as we emerge on the other side. "Break Myself Free" (the album) is a proud proclamation of Shireen's queer identity and an invitation into deeper connection with the Earth. It is filled with energizing grooves, anthemic choruses, and soulful stories of change. At times socially-conscious, at others emotionally-tender, this pop, rock, soul record comes inevitably infused with the Latin sensibility and hip hop attitude that are part of her musical makeup. The album was primarily produced by Mike Davidson at Plaid Dog Recording, a studio in Boston fully-powered by crowdfunding. Two tracks on the album were recorded at local studio the Firing Room with engineer Dayne Wood and produced by Shireen herself.
Matti Joy is a folk singer who acts as a voice for the outdoors, education, and mental health. Their songwriting and performances speak to the power of place and the way community can meaningfully change how people interact and support each other. A lyrical voice and delicate fingerpick style of guitar draws the listener in, simultaneously relaxing them and reminding them to be intentional in their day to day interactions with one another. Matti has an edge when it comes to engaging crowds and creating an atmosphere of calm contentment thanks to a history as an educator.