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Soulful folk at Redhouse

Karen Savoca with special guest Pete Heitzman perform live this Saturday

At 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, Redhouse welcomes back soulful folk singer/songwriter Karen Savoca with special guest Pete Heitzman.

Savoca puts her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role. Her supple, soulful alto charms with an infinite range of expression. She can even sing several notes at once, her own brand of throat singing she calls vocal hydroplaning. Savoca is also a gifted songwriter, drawing you into her world with humor and compassion, telling her stories with such grace and ease, you feel as though you've been invited to her table for supper. Though she composes and records on a variety of instruments, Savoca opts for the primal combination of voice and drum in live performance, and her groove is wide and satisfying.

Pete Heitzman's inspired and transcendent guitar work is central to their signature sound. He'll mimic a cello, a pedal steel, a rutting elk, and some things only imagined. With this broad pallet of tones and textures he paints the ideal landscapes for Savoca's engaging songs. An innovative and sensitive accompanist, Heitzman is so full of surprises that he has been called a human aurora borealis. An 1890's church in the hills of upstate New York serves as home, recording studio and headquarters for their own Alcove Records. Savoca's sixth solo release, In The Dirt (2006), was captured in a two day session with Heitzman and longtime collaborator, T-Bone Wolk (Shawn Colvin, Elvis Costello, Hall & Oates).

Karen and Pete first met on a stage and each immediately recognized the other as the ideal musical partner. Years of leading their all-original, dance-driven group imbued this duo with the power to sound like a full band, whether it's pulsing funk or haunting ballad. Electrifying, unique, and always uplifting, these improvisational performers possess the fearlessness of a high wire act working without a net.

Notable appearances include The Today Show, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, Big Top Chautauqua, The Vancouver, Edmonton & Winnipeg Folk Festivals. They have recorded and produced other artists, their music has been heard in movies and documentaries, and they have scored two feature length films.

Tickets to the show are $15 general admission. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at theredhouse.org.

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