HigherGround Music
Julie Byrne

Seated Show

Julie Byrne

Johanna Warren

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Showcase Lounge

South Burlington, VT

$12 advance | $15 day of show

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Julie Byrne
Julie Byrne
Sometimes it can take years to find your calling. Not for Julie Byrne; whose power of lyrical expression and musical nous seems inborn. Often what comes naturally cannot be driven by speed and time. Julie’s second album, Not Even Happiness, has evolved at its own pace. It spans recollections of bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, and the irresolvable mysteries of love. Her new album vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road, and in doing so, Byrne exhibits her extraordinarily innate musicality. Some of the songs on Not Even Happiness took years of fine tuning to reach their fruition. If you asked her why the follow up to 2014’s Rooms With Walls and Windows has taken so long, you’d be greeted with a bewildered expression melted into a smile - as though the strangest question had just been asked. “Writing comes from a natural process of change and growth. It took me up to this point to have the capacity to express my experience of the time in my life that these songs came from.”

In the live arena she enchants, leaving rooms and festival crowds mesmerized by her voice and warm presence, where many find a real connection with Byrne’s intimate songs. This feeling is often shared: “The most magical thing about performing these songs is that afterwards, so many of the conversations I have escape all small talk,” tells Julie. “Shows don’t always have this spirit, but when they do, every person has contributed, even unknowingly, to creating a space of responsiveness to each other through vulnerability, through our unified experience and honesty about our sorrow and our emergence.”

Julie Byrne is taking Not Even Happiness on the road throughout 2017.


General admission seated show. All available seating is first-come, first-served.
Johanna Warren
Johanna Warren crafts powerful songs in unusual time signatures and melancholic open tunings on her acoustic guitar, weaving adept finger-picking with lilting, acrobatic vocal lines and potent poetry drawing from a deep well of mysticism and introspective journeying.

In 2015, Rolling Stone Magazine named Johanna "One of Four Singer-Songwriters You Need to Know." In 2016 she founded Spirit House Records, a radically artist-friendly label dedicated to the collective empowerment of free-spirited women, queer, trans and nonbinary artists. She released her third solo LP "Gemini I" on Spirit House last September; its twin, "Gemini II," is due out this summer.

An intuitively self-taught guitarist and classically trained flute player, Warren's writing plumbs the depths of the human experience, alchemizing life's darkest moments into refined offerings of beauty. Although she has lent her voice to artists such as Iron & Wine, Natalie Merchant, and Jesca Hoop, she is a songwriter first and foremost, paying homage through the cultivation of her craft to her personal saviors Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith, and Nick Drake.
Venue Information:
Showcase Lounge
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403