Nick Africano with special guest Oliver Franklin
Sun, Apr 9 at 8pm
A son of the moon. A butterfly bull. Nick Africano wears many hats (including one supporting the Chicago Cubs). A songwriter, poet, multi-intrumentalist, band-leader, solo performer, producer, and experimenter with watercolors. Born in Central Illinois, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
His style defies the confines of genre, combining the best of americana, storytelling, soul, and rock and roll. Lyrics often softly spoken, or soulfully crooned. At once powerful and subtle. His live performances are captivating and spontaneous, moving between acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, and piano.
A relentless performer, Africano has toured the US and EU extensively, and performed with artists such as Pokey Lafarge, Chris Cubeta, Sonya Kitchell, Misty Boyce, Will Hogue, Liam Finn, and others.
Over the past years he has recorded 3 independently produced LPs including I’ve Ever Desired (2008) The Butterfly Bull (2012) and his latest record, If Timing Were Of Different Course And Fire (2014) recorded at Galuminum Foil Studio in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2012 Africano’s songs were included in the film, Four Corners Road, which was featured in the Manhattan Film Festival and the Hoboken Film Festival. In 2015 his song, “Forever,” was included in the motion picutre SOUTHBOUND.
In 2013 Africano worked as Musical Director for Les Foules’ production of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in London, England. where he also made his acting debut.
Nick’s work as a producer most recently includes the album Way Back Home (2014) by Sara Syms (Nashville, TN)
Nick is currently working on a collection of new songs, a new live album, a collection of watercolor stationary, a children’s book, and a documentary he can’t tell you about! Finally, Nick believes that drinking sherry makes you live longer.
Oliver Franklin is a songwriter, composer and performer from Seattle, WA. His work ranges from gritty folk-noir to lush psychedlia and is woven together with a literate and evocative lyrical bent.