Win FREE TICKETS: The Under-the-Radar Show of the Week

Chances are that you’ve never heard of the Dutch trio Snowapple. And you’ve probably never heard of the Canadian quintet Fish & Bird, either. But they’re playing a double-bill at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday (March 13), and it’s our Under-the-Radar Show of the Week.

The Dutch women of Snowapple have done a lot of living. Laurien is not only an international opera singer, but she also moonlights with gypsy-punk groups, models Dutch fashions and studies physics at the Univ Amsterdam. Una is an internationally acclaimed jazz singer. And Laura is a singer, composer and conductor from Latvia who was awarded the Best Composition Prize in the 2012 Dutch Jazz Competition. Together they make beautiful and beguiling pop-folk music, full of catchy hooks and punctuated by glorious, crystalline harmonies and excursions into the darker and more romantic side of the human condition.

Raised on equal parts roots music and Radiohead on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia, Fish & Bird has received praise on both sides of the Atlantic for their refreshingly unclichéd way of reimagining folk for a new generation. With driving rhythms and a huge vocal range, their lyrics explore the forces that drive human behavior. Starting with a shared devotion to traditional old-time music, they’ve fused folk influences and experimental leanings into a coherent, modern-day roots opus, as you can hear on their new album, Something in the Ether.

Tickets for the double-bill at Caffe Lena on Friday are $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (March 13), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! This contest is now closed, and the winner has been notified. Thanks for entering!

  1. mark marotta says

    I love the harmonies and they way their voices intertwine with music and melody, it is like a peaceful embrace.

  2. Rebel Darling says

    I can’t go, wish I could, but will help spread the word.

  3. John Mrowka says

    We would love to see this show, but can’t spare the money right now.

  4. Barb Genther says

    i bought tkts. already, but would love to invite friends!!!

  5. Carla Perrone says

    This sounds like a fabulous show, with the musicians of Snowaple having backgrounds in jazz, opera, physics(!), folk, and conducting, in their backgrounds, and with Fish and Bird bent toward the experimental. A feast for the senses!

  6. Dina Martin says

    Would be fun to go.

  7. stella says

    Caffe Lena- way to go!

  8. Herb says

    Sounds new and very interesting.

  9. Martin says

    Love Cafe Lena

  10. Emily G says

    As a student I used to volunteer at Caffe Lena…it would be great to get back for such a great-sounding show!

  11. Michelle says

    Thanks for the heads-up. This would be a nice balance to all the bands I love whose names end in “Brothers.”

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