Mikaela Davis to Make Duling Debut on April 24

meet Mikaela Davis

Five years since her debut album Delivery, Mikaela Davis has moved away from her
hometown of Rochester, shared the stage with the likes of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh,
Christian McBride, Bon Iver, Lake Street Dive and Circles Around the Sun and entered
a new decade. But it’s the ever-evolving relationships between her closest friends and
bandmates that has propelled the Hudson Valley-based artist onto her new album And
Southern Star––a truly collaborative effort that ruminates on the choices we make, and
the people we always come back to.

Davis earned her degree in harp performance at the Crane School of Music, and has
molded her classical music training to create an original and genre-bending catalog that
weaves together 60s pop-soaked melodies, psychedelia and driving folk rock. She met
her bandmates at pivotal moments in her life––drummer Alex Coté in childhood,
guitarist Cian McCarthy and bassist Shane McCarthy in college, and steel guitarist Kurt
Johnson in her early twenties. It’s the band’s collective step into adulthood that has
informed much of And Southern Star’s thematic landscape.

Navigating the periphery of past selves, the coexistence of isolation and excitement in a
new environment and the tension of growing away from what we thought we wanted is
tackled with a luscious, kaleidoscopic grace. And Southern Star picks apart the
reflection we used to recognise, while trying to build a new one.

“I finally feel like this album is more me than anything else that’s been released,” Davis says, adding that
producing the album along with her four bandmates allowed them to carve out their own ideas, rather than someone else’s. Despite playing together for over a decade, it’s the first time the five-piece have appeared on a full-length album together.

Opening for Davis on April 24th is Sean Thompson’s Weird Ears, a born and raised Nashville guitar player. At the age of 17, he started playing shows with his first band, Gnarwhal. He went on from there to play with the likes of Pujol and Nikki Lane, helped form Promised Land Sound, and has since played with Skyway Man, Teddy and the Rough Riders, Becca Mancari, Ornament, Erin Rae, Andrew Combs, Emily Nenni, and others. Time Has Grown A Raspberry is his sophomore EP.

See Sean Thompson’s Weird Ears and Mikaela Davis LIVE at Duling Hall on Wednesday, April 24th, 2024.

Doors – 6:30pm | Show – 7:30pm

Listen to her on Spotify to get a sneak peek of what you’ll be seeing on April 24 live at Duling Hall!

Listen to Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis – Cinderella

Our friends at Saltine Restaurant serve a food menu from doors to showtime and provide a full bar with signature cocktails throughout the entire event.

Duling Hall is an Independent Venue that welcomes all music lovers.