Listening Party with Neil Young (7-9 pm)
Against the backdrop of the Museum’s blossoming outdoor Nature Gardens, musician and icon Neil Young will present the first public playback of his upcoming release, EARTH, in its entirety in Pono high definition fidelity audio, before its June 17 release. The album features “After the Gold Rush,” “Vampire Blues,” and an explosive 29-minute version of "Love & Only Love,” and includes some unexpected accompaniment—the sounds of many different kinds of wildlife.
(Photo Credit: Gary Burden)
Live Music: Korey Dane (8 pm) and Escondido (9:15 pm)
Pop-up Performance by Paul Bergmann (7:15pm)
Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James. Recorded live in a single day, their debut album, The Ghost of Escondido
, was self-released in 2013 to critical acclaim. Their David Lynch approved sound became the soundtrack to multiple films and TV shows including HBO's Girls
and Sex Tape
and led to appearances on Conan
and ABC's Nashville
. Following tours with the likes of Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow, Wild Cub, and Islands, the duo recently completed their follow-up album, Walking With A Stranger
, out now on their label Kill Canyon.
“Orville Gibson and Ernie Ball were my earliest accomplices. The three of us were sequestered for a couple of years until we all agreed I needed to step outside. I played for a few friends and nobody hit me. I felt this might work out. I got to work. A hundred songs...three of them decent. Then I slept for three days. Woke up and wrote a hundred more. This time, two of them were worthwhile. This wasn’t going well. After a while I met some folks. They introduced me to a man––a cruel man––who made me do things no man should have to do. Scansion, modulation, chromaticism...he was mean and relentless."
“But here I sit. Open to whatever comes. You’re both older gentlemen, now. Go home to your wives, your families. I feel ready.” The three of them went their respective ways. Prufrock and the Emperor are now long gone. Korey Dane is standing right outside your door.
Paul Bergmann would never call himself a singer-songwriter. While the Los Angeles-based solo artist sings and writes songs, he doesn’t find the term endearing. Such a label makes it easy to identify a type of solo artist, but it also conjures up a desperate effort to impress an American Idolized public. And Bergmann isn’t writing songs to be so “right now.” He’s taking influence from the deep cuts, the soulful cuts, the timeless cuts of American pop.
But Bergmann’s going full Wittgenstein, searching for and establishing a new timelessness. Writing and performing primarily acoustic-centered songs—stripped down, vulnerable, presented as they are—they either mean something to the listener, or they don't. He’ll walk down the street, but you have to meet him halfway, ok? At the end of the day, Paul Bergmann makes music for itself, making it all the more enjoyable. It’s there because it just had to be there. And that’s a powerful reason to write and sing any song, any time.