Portland-based, sister trio Joseph will be appearing at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall with guest Liza Anne. The concert has reorganized to become a Hurricane Irma Relief benefit show, raising funds and gathering food donations to assist the Social Services Division of the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Department in restocking severely depleted community food pantries. Admission to the concert is free but donations in the form of canned food items and/or monetary donations are a key goal for the evening.
For those who can donate, the occasion represents a great opportunity to help local residents most severely affected by Hurricane Irma. It’s the hope of the band and partners that patrons will generously provide food items and/or monetary donations. Attendees bringing non-perishable food items will be assisted and directed to appropriate collection containers which will be delivered the following day to the Social Services Division. Monetary donations will also be taken at the door.
There’s nothing like the sound of siblings singing together. Whether it’s the Beach Boys or the Everly Brothers — or, more recently, First Aid Kit — absorbing the same breathing rhythms and speech patterns adds an element to vocal harmonies that can be pure magic. With the release of “I’m Alone, No You’re Not”, the mesmerizing, hypnotic sound of the trio known as Joseph (made up of sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner) joins this elite company.
Growing up in Oregon, the children of artistic parents (their dad was a jazz singer and drummer, their mom a theater teacher), Natalie was the performer. Twins Meegan and Allison stayed out of her lane, joining in for their mother’s musical theater productions but otherwise avoiding the spotlight. Natalie began pursuing music more seriously in college recording an EP and doing a few rounds of touring. After a friend sat her down one day and told her ‘I don’t think you really believe in this’, it stopped her in her tracks. She thought deeply about the music she was making and had a curious epiphany; she decided to ask her sisters if they would consider singing with her. After some hesitation, Meegan and Allison were in.
A transformation occurred when the Closners were in the process of recording their first album, “Native Dreamer Kin”. At the time, they were calling themselves Dearborn, but their producer felt that the name didn’t fit the strength of the music. They went to visit their grandfather Jo, in the eastern Oregon town of Joseph. Allison made a playlist for the trip and called it “Joseph”, which is what influenced the band’s name. “Once she said it, it just hit us all — that’s what this is and who we are, these are the sounds of the land that we’ve lived on” says Natalie.
Hailing from the quiet coast of Georgia, Liza Anne has recently found a home in Nashville as an indie artist exploring rock, folk, and experimental music. While in college, Liza independently released her first album “The Colder Months” with WXPN praising the title track as “a beautiful, melancholy song showcasing an exciting new singer-songwriter”. Liza’s 2015 follow-up album “TWO” brought the attention of KCRW, Paste Magazine, Nylon, and a video premiere on NPR Music.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.