Through the touring, heavily credentialed event-makers they bring here, local avant-minded music presenter group the Civic Minded 5 was ultimately my gateway to the amazing Timucua White House venue (timucua.com). But beyond those, I’ve long wanted to get a taste of the more typical shows that happen at this community treasure and haven of art nearly every Sunday, so I went in practically blind this time to see a couple Spanish-language singer-songwriters (April 27). The only strand of familiarity I had was headliner Leo Aether’s former scene presence as Urbe Prima, one of the city’s more known Rock en Español acts, but even that knowledge was limited. Across both acoustic guitar and piano, the versatile, Orlando-based Colombian showed a youthful folk heart that’s fueled by passion, hot blood and somewhat overcooked pop and rock tendencies.
But local billmate Kattya Graham was a nice discovery. Besides singing duet on several of Aether’s songs as well, her own lovely performance – accompanied by Chris Deason (additional guitar), his daughter Ariah (violin) and her son Dani (percussion) – was the star of the night. Though her launch point is the Mexican folk tradition, she’s not necessarily a strict revivalist. Her songs are just simple grace and sweet soul-mining. And they’re the very essence of folk music.
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