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CAS August 14 - The Electric Hearts - Revised

Come on out next Wednesday night for another great CAS lineup at The Basement. The Electric Hearts will be headlining the evening with a sound that is self-described as “a blend of 60s and 70s rock, pop and psychedelia with a touch of modern indie rock,” and they are sure to be a good fit for the tight knit, homegrown vibe that The Basement so effortlessly provides. This Nashville-based band will appeal to fans of acts such as the Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark Jr. (both of whom the band has recently supported as they have toured across the Southeast), as well as Luella and the Sun and ZZ Ward. The band, currently Lightning 100’s Artist of the Week, also recently played Red Bull Sound Select with Airborne Toxic Event and Alanna Royale. The Electric Hearts released their most recent EP, The Life and Death of Fritz Pepper, just this passed June.

Also on the bill for the evening is another Nashville musician, Jeffrey James, who’s roots rock instrumentals, helmed by his soulful vocals, have made him a Cause A Scene alumni favorite and will also make him the perfect complimenting act to The Electric Hearts. James’s 2012 EP, Make Your Way To The Flashing Lights, was mixed and produced by Konrad Snyder, who has also worked with fellow hot Nashville up-and-comers, Night Beds and Kopecky Family Band. James is taking a different and more unconventional approach with his new material. Under the name the Wide Awake Project, James is releasing one song at a time. The turnaround between each song ends up being about every month or so, just as quickly as it can be written, recorded and promoted. The new format is an intentional removal from the traditional EP or LP multi song write/record/release method that takes place over several months. The new process seems to mimic a sort of artistic stream of conscious, and stems from James’s desire to experiment with the freedom and control that comes with being and independent artist.

Brooklyn, NY-based singer-songwriter, Nick Africano, will be rounding out the evenings lineup. With a sound described as being somewhere in between the mysterious space of rock and roll, storytelling and folk music, Africano has toured much of the US. As of recently he has also jumped the pond, touring in England and Sweden. Africano has independently recorded and produced two LPs, the most recent of which, The Butterfly Bull, he released in May of 2012. Africano’s new single, “Lonely Hearts,” was released just last week.

The evening’s music will start at 9:00PM. Doors open at 8:00PM. Tickets can be purchased here for $5 in advance. Tickets will be $7 DOS. All advanced online purchases will come with a free download of Jeffrey James’s new single, “Bad Woman,” which released just this week.

Christian Lerchenfeld

The Electric Hearts- ‘Tired’


Jeffrey James- ‘I’m Wide Awake’


Nick Africano- ‘Lonely Hearts’

Liz Longley

One of the supreme joys of leading the Cause A Scene family is watching artists that I get the chance to work with gain a bigger and bigger audience as people slowly but surely catch on to the secret we’ve known all along. There is something uniquely special about the process of discovering an artist for the first time as any music lover can attest. It’s an even more surreal feeling to see that artist’s career blossom and take on a fuller form, and for the world to recognize the beauty of that person or band’s artwork. This is especially true of next Tuesday’s house show performer, Liz Longley. Since last summer we have been emailing back and forth trying to find a time that made sense for both parties to host Liz for a Cause A Scene house show, with the eagerness to have her play a show increasing more and more with each accolade that comes her way.

This past week, Liz was featured on Billboard, where she played a couple new songs off her forthcoming self-titled album and discussed her benefit show for the families effected by the Boston Marathon bombings. We’ve mentioned Liz many times in the past in conversations about her being “one to watch”, and it appears that some of the biggest artists in the genre agree, with John Mayer calling Liz’s music “Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous” and Amos Lee, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin having Liz join them on tour.

A week from tonight, April 30, we welcome Liz back to her adoptive home of Nashville for a show that is sure to excite fans, both new and old, and will be looked back on years from now as one of those “remember when…” moments in time as we reflect on Liz’s rapidly rising star. As if seeing Liz play in a house show setting wasn’t enough, we also have the showstopping, soulful Jeffrey James performing and Seattle’s Carson Henley making his first ever Nashville appearance. You don’t want to miss this one!

Tickets can be purchased in advance here, which we recommend doing as we anticipate a sellout. See you next Tuesday!