with Trace Mountains and Near Northeast

Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

$13 / $15



Songbyrd Presents

Sunday June 9, 2019


Aaron Powell (Born 1993) is better known by his lo-fi singer songwriter moniker Fog Lake where he creates music that’s been described as “a complex collage of nebulous angst and heartfelt nostalgia.” Born and raised on the island province of Newfoundland, Canada and in the small rural town of Glovertown (populated by only about 2000 people), Powell began recording drone music in his high school years before moving onto to more pop-oriented structures later in college, releasing his first album Farther Reaches in January of 2013 and Virgo Indigo in Feburary of 2014, the latter being released by Brooklyn based label Orchid Tapes. While seldom playing live or touring at this point, Powell began collaborating with other musicians to bring the project into a live band setting, touring the east coast of Canada multiple times, while also prolifically releasing records such as Victoria Park in 2015 and Dragonchaser in 2017. Since then he has toured with such acts as Foxing, Helena Deland and Hovvdy.

Today, Powell lives in Montreal, Quebec writing, recording and playing with his active band. His new full length release entitled Captain will be released on July 5th, 2018 via Montreal-based cassette label Stack Your Roster and on vinyl via UK based label Dog Knights Records.

“Harrowing nostalgia. Songs that were not created to glorify low places. Instead they explore the dark valleys where everything has settled and must be interpreted.” - Extreme Chalance


My name is Dave Benton and I write the songs for the band Trace Mountains. I was born in 1991, I’m from Ridgewood, New Jersey, and I currently reside in in New York City. Since 2009, I’ve released records in various groups, including some projects that are ongoing (LVL UP, Yours Are The Only Ears). Repeating the process of writing and recording music has become an emotionally stabilizing ritual in my life, and I have been very lucky to share that process over and over again with some of my best friends; many of whom I met at SUNY Purchase, a liberal arts college in NY state that I graduated from in 2013. The scene there was vibrant and welcoming to me, both facilitating and inspiring the collaborative work I made in that period and beyond.


Near Northeast formed in Washington, DC shortly after meeting while playing a South Asian music festival at the Kennedy Center. Guitarist Avy has made music in San Francisco, Portland, Europe, and India. Antonio developed his approach to percussion in Bosnia and New Mexico.Violinist and vocalist Kelly grew up singing and playing in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. Austin took up the bass during his childhood in Virginia. While their aesthetics reflect the music on which they each cut their teeth --- Latin American, Indian, Balkan, and Appalachian --- their songwriting chemistry and musically adventurous spirit reach past these reference points.Near Northeast released their debut full-length Curios in 2015. In 2017, the band followed up with True Mirror, their full-length second album, and with Indali Variations 1-8, a cassette single featuring meditative ambient music. While True Mirror shares aesthetics and instrumentation with its predecessor, it forges forward into new ground as a band building both craft and confidence atop a strong foundation built of diverse musical backgrounds. The songs, at-times darker in tone but also more varied in their musical exploration, take Near Northeast's finely executed indie-folk sound to new heights, with acoustic ballads, electronica-inspired elegies, roof raisers and barn stompers.

Near Northeast has been featured in the Washington Post ("a world music flavor, with a little Indian influence"), DCist (”rolls in stormy waves”), Washington City Paper ("fuses Graceland grooves with ornate, chamber-pop flourishes"), D.C. Music Download ("some of the standouts were folk trio Near Northeast's intimate performance in the blizzard"), and Mecca Lecca ("straddling the line between the grandiosity and intimacy within their sound"). Curios was nominated for two Wammys by the Washington Area Music Association, and their live video "What to Say" was highlighted by NPR-affiliate WAMU's music blog Bandwidth for DC-based Tiny Desk video submissions. You can listen to a radio feature from WERA-FM here. The band has performed at regional festivals and concert venues across the Mid-Atlantic; including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Fort Reno, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and many music venues. They have also toured in the Northeast, the West Coast, and Southeast Europe.