Kate Vargas & Eric McFadden
Sunday, December 18, 2022 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Kitchen Sink
Kate Vargas’ songs are grounded in a darkly melodic, reverb-washed sonic palette of dream-pop, dusty folk and junkyard blues, all carried by rough-hewn vocals and guitar playing. Channeling a surprising array of artists, from Tom Waits to K. Flay, the New Mexico-raised, NYC-based artist has played venues as diverse as Ireland’s Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival, The Troubadour in London, and New York’s Bowery Electric. Her 2014 debut, the DIY affair Down to My Soul, promised a vibrant new voice. Her follow-up, 2016’s Strangeclaw, was recorded at New York’s Mercy Sound Studios (Blondie, Macy Gray) and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, capturing Vargas’ impressive growth as an artist in gorgeous fidelity. Vargas really hit her stride with 2018’s For the Wolfish & Wandering, resulting in invitations to perform on NPR’s Mountain Stage, an official showcase at Nashville’s AmericanaFest, several performances at the 30A Songwriters Festival, and a number of her songs appearing on television shows. Here latest is Rumpumpo.
Her musical comrade in arms is New Mexico’s Eric McFadden, who has made a name with his singular brand of high desert blues and gritty, flamenco-infused rock. He has toured with George Clinton, Eric Burdon, and Tab Benoit, among others. Right from the moment Joe Strummer spotted him in San Francisco, nicknamed him ‘Lightning,’ and gave him a gig opening for Strummer & The Mescaleros, McFadden has been developing his unique voice as a songwriter. His collaborations include Bo Diddley, Nels Cline (Wilco), Les Claypool (Primus), Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, Fantastic Negrito, Jackson Browne, North Mississippi Allstars, Widespread Panic, Mike Watt, Living Colour, and Ron Wood.
Doors 30 minutes before show. GA, no opener. Masks are highly encouraged.
Presented in collaboration with The Kitchen Sink. 100% of proceeds go to artist.