This weekend is the fourth annual LOLA Art Crawl, where artists here in the Longfellow neighborhood will invite you into their studios to see everything from jewelry and glasswork to (don’t miss this) awesome concrete art for your garden. There are 115 artists at almost 70 sites this year, and one of the new artists is our own Nova Hoenack.
She has been painting on unwanted record jackets for about a year now, and has over 40 paintings to display this weekend. At three years old Nova is certainly the youngest artist participating in the LOLA Art Crawl but she has already developed a serious work ethic about creating art. Nova sets up her paints and brushes independently and chooses each record jacket from the unwanted surplus albums here in the shop. She always cleans up her supplies when she’s done and leaves her paintings to dry.
To celebrate Nova’s first art show we’ve invited two of her favorite people to perform here in the record shop this weekend. On Saturday you can hear one of Nova’s favorite local artist, Tyler Haag, who will be playing here at 3pm. Haag is the singer and songwriter from the Annandale Cardinals, who never released the great album they recorded last year (but you can finally hear and even buy it here). He has been playing with the New McCarthy and recording a solo album this summer, so his set will likely feature a number of new songs.
Sunday’s in-store performance will be by another Hymie’s regular and favorite, Fletcher Magellan. He recently brought out his full band for a performance at the Kitty Cat Klub to celebrate Thomas Maddux and Turkeyes Laffity’s wedding but what you’ll hear on the bandcamp playlist below is a solo project that only hints at the awesome country-rock ensemble he’s put together.
Also this weekend Nova’s other favorite singer, Caitlin Robertson, will be performing at the Midtown Farmers Market as part of a Hymie’s-sponsored series of local roots and country music. Performing after her will be Justin Bruhn and Jake Hyer of the bluegrass quartet Pocahontas County. You can find out more about music at the Midtown Farmers Market on their website (here) and on this Facebook event page (here).
Caitlin Robertson’s second CD, If It Takes All Winter was Nova’s favorite for months and was always what she requested to hear when we got into the car until some crumb-bum stole the radio this summer. Caitlin writes all the achingly beautiful songs she sings, and it seems like she’s drawing them from the deep reservoir of country traditions that’s lost on a lot of mainstream singers. We posted a review of If It Takes All Winter here.
Pocahontas County is the band that hosted “Theme Time” at the Amsterdam until this summer, which presented an entire night’s entertainment on various themes (money, heartbreak, etc). They’ll be bringing back their great show – along with some of the best guest bands in town – at the Turf Club this October. The first theme is elections.
Let’s close up today’s post about this awesome weekend of local music with Nova’s favorite Pocahontas County song:
(“Bunny in the Beans”)