Join us for an incredible night of talent, as Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards return to The Front Porch!
Cutting her teeth as a sideman in Boston’s roots music scene, Laura Cortese forged a unique path through a pool rich in talent (due to a large population of Berklee School of Music graduates like herself) including stints as an instrumentalist with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Rose Cousins, Jocie Adams (of the Low Anthem), and Uncle Earl. Her Compass Records debut, CALIFORNIA CALLING, is the next step in her career as a frontwoman and bandleader – she & the Dance Cards – Valerie Thompson (cello), Jenna Moynihan (fiddle), and Natalie Bohrn (bass)* break new ground with a bold and elegant new album, based in the lyrical rituals of folk music but exploring new territories of rhythm and sonics. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.
Her new album, “California Calling” is pop music, born from the roots tradition but now traveling the roads of 70s California. There’s a hint of Laurel Canyon and strains of Fleetwood Mac, but somehow it still maintains a nod to the deep traditions of Celtic fiddle and American folk. The collective credits among the Dance Cards reveal the diverse strains of influence – it’s a broad continuum that extends from Darol Anger to Amanda Palmer, from the symphony to prog rock, and even into protest leaning music like Pete Seeger and Michael Franti. Each woman brings not only her instrumental prowess, but her vocal gifts as well. The four voices are just as much instruments as they are providers for lyric and harmony.