REVERB Lineup: Hattie’s Hat

4:30 p.m. ~ Jet Sparks  Bridget "Jet" Mullen, the voice behind Jet Sparks, sings like she's whispering, and it's this hushed quality that makes her music feel so warm and intimate despite the slow, somber melodies she prefers. Mullen previously performed under the handle Emily Sparks, which might be confusing unless you're familiar with Edgar Lee Masters' "Emily Sparks" from his Spoon River Anthology, poems written from the perspective of Spoon River residents reminiscing about their lives from beyond the grave—an appropriate moniker for a woman who sings such lonesome, mournful folk songs. Mullen hasn't been very prolific—not only does she rarely play shows, she's only put out two albums, and hasn't released any music at all since 2005—but here's hoping this gig is a sign she'll emerge from the woodwork soon with a few more shows and a new record as Jet Sparks. SARA BRICKNER5:30 p.m. ~ Lindsay Fuller  A Facebook search for her name yields well over 100 results, but singer-songwriter Lindsay Fuller is anything but generic. The Seattle transplant uses her deep-South upbringing as inspiration for brooding folk songs about love, loneliness, and small-town life—perfect for someone whose voice is as gritty and affecting as hers. Girl's got soul—albeit a heavy one. When you hear her acoustic melodies, it's a no-brainer that Fuller's biggest influence is the venerable Gillian Welch. But given her penchant for darker matters, she's really more like Fiona Apple with an acoustic guitar. ERIKA HOBART6:30 p.m. ~ Lonesome Shack  This band's back-porch blues sounds just about as authentic as it comes; its earthy, fuzzy recordings sound less like a contemporary band's and more like 70-year-old LPs these guys found floating around their grandparents' attic. Like popular two-man Akron act the Black Keys, Lonesome Shack's success largely relies on lo-fi purism: Without the fuzz and hiss, the music would seem like a watered-down, revivalist imitation of a style of music that became popular so long ago, few people living today are old enough to remember its heyday. Instead, Ben Todd and drummer Kristian Garrard (of Thousand and Heatwarmer) have devoted themselves to the study of true roots, and their music reflects that reverence for authenticity. SARA BRICKNER7:30 p.m. ~ Shana Cleveland  Though Shana Cleveland's likely best known for fronting local K Records band the Curious Mystery, the music she performs under her own name (as part of local label-collective Dandelion Gold) is quieter and more brooding than the Curious Mystery's loud psychedelia. It's simpler—more discordant and deliberately lo-fi—with less to detract from Cleveland's cloying voice, equal parts Chan Marshall and Nico. Solo, her voice occasionally takes on a husky, rough edge, but that vulnerability is what defines her individual work. SARA BRICKNER8:30 p.m. ~ Shenandoah Davis  See feature.9:30 p.m. ~ Rusty Willoughby  Dusty-front-porch music is what they'd call Rusty Willoughby's type of guitar playing in the South. But since this is the Pacific Northwest, he's known as a tender-voiced singer/songwriter who can strum along to all the emotions in your heart, one song at a time. No matter how you classify him, Willoughby is an ace at creating ballads that sound perfect for campfires, cookouts, or anywhere acoustic-guitar picking is appreciated. JONATHAN CUNNINGHAM10:30 p.m. ~ Hattie's Hoot  The grand finale of the Hattie's lineup is a hootenanny featuring a smorgasbord of musicians who've already performed at REVERB—but you'll have to show up to see who makes an appearance at this roots round-robin. SARA BRICKNER

 
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