Folk singer/songwriter and musician Annette Conlon is as principled about her music as she is about veganism and Americana. Now she is allowing others to experience her musical feelings as well as that of other folk artists at her new residency, Folk U, a monthly series that she will be hosting at the Vampire Lounge and Tasting Room in Beverly Hills. “I’ll be bringing in my favorite folk artists to perform in one of Beverly’s Hill’s most unique venues…a Vampire Bar,” says Conlon, who is set to embark on her second Compassionette U.S. Tour beginning September 1. “Where better to play traditional and rural music passed through the ages in oral tradition? From contemporary to roots revival and American folk music, we hope to explore it all,” concludes Conlon.
The Folk U residency featuring some of Los Angeles’ best folk artists will be held every fourth Tuesday. The first show will be held August 22, with Conlon’s guest artists Olivia Brownlee, The Fruit Flies and Little Lonely. Subsequent shows will be held September 26, October 24 and November 28. Husband Doug Conlon will accompany Annette, playing mandolin, banjo, and guitar, while providing background harmonies.
Annette Conlon’s musical journey has taken her through many places, as evidence by the songs on her critically acclaimed debut solo album Life, Death and the Spaces Between. Part sweet, part dark, the songs show a view deep into Annette Conlon’s soul. Her songs about compassion, social consciousness, human interaction and animals are intended to make people think and make a social statement. “I am so excited to share my love for animals and vegan-ism with folks across the country, to show them how easy it is to live more compassionately, from what you eat, to what you wear, and to help folks make the connection that our animal friends are not food,” says Conlon.
Annette will be performing songs from Life, Death and the Spaces Between at the Folk U shows. She will also be performing songs from her upcoming album that will be released in 2018. Currently working with three-time Grammy winner Alf Rodenas on her second album, Conlon promises a “sweeter, happier, Ameri-Folk/Rock” effort that “delves ever deeper into my human heart.”
Annette’s concern for animals and her attempt to raise vegan awareness doesn’t just extend to her singing. Annette will be playing her Bedell Blackbird Vegan Parlor guitar and her Seagull Artist Studio Concert Hall guitar. Both instruments are made from sustainably-sourced woods and found tone-woods, and the Bedell is 100% vegan, containing no animal products. (Annette is endorsed by both Bedell and Seagull).
Folk U hosted by Annette Conlon
The Vampire Lounge and Tasting Room
9865 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Doors open 7pm. No cover. 21 and over. Appearing on August 22: Olivia Brownlee; The Fruit Flies; Annette Conlon; and Little Lonely. Info: (310) 483-4685 or http://www.vampirebeverlyhills.com/.