Wilkinson James, Brianna Kocka

Wilkinson James

Brianna Kocka

Wed · December 12, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8

Wilkinson James
Wilkinson James
Wilkinson James is the band project of Twin Cities-based singer-songwriters Liz Wilkinson and AJ Scheiber, who blend their love of folk, honky-tonk, and jazzy torch songs into a sound that one fan once described as “the bastard offspring of June Carter Cash and Townes Van Zandt.” They have released to albums to date--the self-titled "Wilkinson James," produced by Romantica's Ben Kyle (2014), and the more recent "Abandon" (2016). Songs from both records have been playlisted on 89.3 The Current and numerous Americana-themed radio outlets around the country. Their performance at the Warming House will feature their classic-sounding original tunes and tightly knit male-female harmonies, embellished by an intimate band that adds smoky saxophone to their folk and country roots.
Brianna Kocka
Brianna Kocka
Brianna Kocka is a prolific songwriter who has been a part of a handful of projects throughout Minnesota. While each project has had it’s own distinct sound, Kocka is best known for her honesty through songwriting—she believes that music is a form of give and take, that lyrics and melodies are an important part of shared life, and that we use these creative spaces to engage in our humanness together.

Brianna grew up in a suburb of the Twin Cities, teaching herself to play guitar at age twelve, and subsequently started to write songs soon thereafter. She released her first album, “Write by Night,” in 2010 under her own name. This album was a collection of songs related to the end of an important relationship in her life, and the joys of living in the Maritimes of Canada, where she lived from 2007 - 2011.

In the spring of 2011 Kocka moved back to Minneapolis and created her alter-ego, CAETANI, and released an EP of five indie-rock songs (“The Black EP”) to acclaim in the local music scene. The five song EP was an introspective look at five specific relationships in her life, each song representing a different person, including herself.

In the winter of 2012 she and a group of friends created the Psychedelic/Trip Hop group Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, and over three years released an EP (“The Water, The Wave”) and one full length album (“A Ghost to Find”), while playing extensively throughout the Twin Cities and Midwest. Each of these albums are filled with lyrics about Brianna’s divorce from organized religion, as well as a newfound look at feminism and sensuality.

Needing a break from city life, Brianna moved to an island off the east coast to work and live for ten months. While there she began playing guitar again, and out poured an album's worth of Folk/Americana songs related to the hardships of life, the realities of marriage, and living in isolation. Kocka again lives in the Twin Cities and released her second studio album, Dreamlife, on May 1, 2018, via Suntanman Records.
Venue Information:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409
http://thewarminghouse.net/