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Concert: Itasca / Marian McLaughlin

Saturday November 16 * 4pm * $10 * TICKETS

Itasca is the musical identity of Los Angeles-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kayla Cohen. Just as the name itself is ambiguous—a 19th-century pseudo-Ojibwe place name and portmanteau of the Latin words for “truth” (veritas) and “head” (caput)—so too is Cohen’s musical project mutable and multivalent: fundamentally unconcerned with genre, but richly allusive of the hermetic worlds of private-press canyon-cult mystics and East Coast noiseniks alike. Open to Chance, Itasca’s 2016 album on Paradise of Bachelors, was her first to feature a full band, including pedal steel player and frequent collaborator Dave McPeters. Cohen wrote the anticipated follow-up to Open to Chance in a century-old adobe house in rural New Mexico. Inspired by the landscape and history of the Four Corners region, the sublime Spring—its title summoning both season and scarce local water sources—dowses a devotional path to high desert headwaters. Featuring contributions from Chris Cohen, Cooper Crain (Bitchin’ Bajas), James Elkington, and members of Gun Outfit and Sun Araw, Spring contains Cohen’s most quietly dazzling and self-assured set of songs to date.

Guided by intuition, multi-instrumentalist Marian McLaughlin blends stream-of-consciousness songwriting with intricate instrumentation. She will perform material from her recent album Lake Accotink, an environmental song cycle about humanity’s multifaceted relationship with nature.

Marian began working on Lake Accotink as a way to to process the effects of progress. Throughout this lyrical journey, she observes humankind’s gradual impact on the environment, acknowledges the ebb and flow of natural cycles, celebrates existence of all life forms, and meditates on impermanence.