After a year hiatus from performing locally, Sea of Bees is playing a special acoustic set with Little Wings on Thursday, June 7th.
You seriously don’t want to miss this show!
Sea of Bees is the project of talented and, by all accounts, universally well-liked musician Julie Ann Bee (AKA Jules). Though she hasn’t performed in Sacramento for about a year (she’s been busy traveling on international tours promoting her latest album “Orangefarben”), the excitement and interest we’ve seen for this show proves that her local fan base is as strong as ever. Jules’s widespread appeal seems to have as much to do with her infectious folk-indie-pop sound as her friendly character. While I communicate with most artists via email for these blogs, Jules insisted on doing a phone interview; as her manager John said, “she really likes talking to people.”
Jules brings this kind of personal touch to her shows and music as well. She carefully planned her much-anticipated return to Sac with four shows next week that will feature some of her closest friends and favorite artists. “I think it’s going to be special,” said Jules. “They’re all people I know, admire, that I want to be around.” She’s playing with Sister Crayon at Luigi’s on the 8th and 9th, with Andy Cabic from Vetiver at Fifth String on the 10th, and of course with Little Wings here at Bows on the 7th (which will undoubtedly be the best show).
After these “homecoming” shows, Jules will be doing a California tour and then taking some time to plan her next album. “I’m trying to have a peaceful mind, not feel rushed, really take time on it,” she said. “After this I’m not going to do too many shows. I just want to really put out everything, have no regrets…really just explore and let my curiosity take over.”
Bay Area-based band Little Wings revolves around singer/songwriter Kyle Field, and has seen a wide variety of lineups (according to Kyle, the lineup for the show on the 7th isn’t even finalized yet). Moreover, the band’s location seems to change just as much as its lineup–founded in San Luis Obispo in 1998, Little Wings has relocated at least twice, to Portland and then San Francisco. “I have moved even more than that to be honest,” said Kyle. “Every move has affected my life and in turn my work. I really enjoy being in new places and what the change in pressure does for my outlook and my mind.”
The band’s profile on K Records describes Little Wings as maintaining its Southern California sound: “[Little Wings] carries the landscape of its place of origin like clouds carry water vapor.” Kyle describes his style as surf/wooden style. “It has changed for sure,” he said. “Maybe the backbone is the same, but the back itself has a different kind of meat on it now. I like rap and r&b, country, rock, alternative, etc. Maybe Tom Curren has influenced me on a mystique level, that is who we all wanted to be in high school.”
Kyle is also a talented visual artist, and says he tends to focus on music and art separately, immersing himself in one and then the other. “I cannot imagine being only one thing,” he said. Kyle has been recording a new album for the past year and is currently working with those songs.
Show starts at 8
$10 Door Charge