By now we hope you’ve heard, our live events production wing, No Country Presents, has taken up residence at Lower Broadway’s hippest new restaurant, lounge, retail, and event space, Acme Feed & Seed, where we’ve been bringing you a weekly, FREE, Tuesday night showcase, featuring some of our favorite emerging local and national talent. The curated showcase runs from 7 to 10 p.m. each week, and, so far, has featured everything from folk to funk to rock to indie. For our next installment, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, we’re bringing you an exciting double bill of local folky singer-songwriter Dara Sisterhen and pop singer Femke. Keep reading to find out all about them, and cancel any other plans you might have Tuesday night, because you’re coming to hang with us. Got it?
Catching the songwriting bug at a very young age, North Carolina native (and now Nashville transplant) Dara Sisterhen first fell in love with modern indie rock before gravitating towards classic acts like The Beatles and Patsy Cline, who would ultimately have more influence on her style. At only 18, Sisterhen’s sound is mature beyond her years, pairing insightful lyrics with timeless melodies, a quality that immediately grabs you on her fantastic debut EP, Boom. Though she’s a part-time actress, landing roles in programs on both Nickelodeon and Disney, as a songwriter, Dara is the real-deal, and, if her initial output is any indication, is setting herself up to make a major splash in the Nashville scene. Dara’s the youngest performer we’ve ever booked at Acme, and that means her career is just getting started; catch her now, so you can say that you saw her back when.
Femke Weidema first came onto our radar as part of folk/Americana group Cotton Wine, but, with her latest musical outlet, simply dubbed Femke, she’s shifted to an infectiously poppy, synth-laden new full-band sound that we absolutely love. Hailing originally from The Netherlands, Femke first fell in love with pop music at a young age, and performed across Europe before the pull of the Berklee College of Music brought her stateside. After a stint recording and writing in LA, she landed in Nashville, and, most recently won a Latin Grammy for her work with Beto Cuevas on Transformation. The singer’s many years of writing and collaborating with other artists seems to have only helped hone her voice, and her latest batch of songs, which arrive ahead of a new album, are some of the best pure pop we’ve heard come out of Music City in awhile. Show up early and get ready to dance!
Dara Sisterhen and Femke will perform Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Acme Feed & Seed. The show is 21+, music begins at 7 p.m., and, per usual, it’s totally FREE. Downtown PARKING can sometimes be an issue. However, if you’re willing to walk a few blocks, street parking is typically easy to find on the numbered avenues south of Broadway, or along Korean Veterans Blvd. Metered spaces are often free after 6 p.m.