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Conscious indie singer to play Seward


Kimya Dawson, a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter, is coming to Seward for a show Wednesday at the Yukon Bar. Dawson is most widely known for her work on the soundtrack for the hit movie “Juno” as well as her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released six solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt.”

Michelle Saltz, executive director of the Yukon Bar, says that the “Juno” soundtrack was an ear opener for her and she jumped at the chance to book Dawson after news of the tour came through her grapevine of contacts. At first, Saltz wasn’t sure if the news weren’t a hoax. However, the reality of Dawson’s tour has created quite a stir, and Saltz expects Alaskans to be well represented and enormously entertained.

On a five-date tour of Alaska, Kimya Dawson will be accompanied by Paul Baribeau, a folk-punk singer and musician from Michigan. Daniel Firmin of Feeding Frenzy and This Heart of the Scurvies will be opening. According to Saltz, this will be Dawson’s first visit to Alaska and the indie anti-folk singer songwriter saw the tour as the best way to get a first look.

Since her early career started with the Moldy Peaches in 1994, Dawson made name for herself as a solo artist and has been widely featured in popular culture magazines, newspapers and other outlets – Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times to name a few. She has performed live on the View, at the Independent Spirit Awards, TED/Boulder, was invited to perform on Sesame Street.

With provocative and touching lyrics, Dawson’s music is seldom elliptical and never pretentious. The elemental nature of her guitar strumming and sing-song delivery of songs like “Loose Lips,” connect with many fans as though the tune was written just for them.

A review of her earlier days as a solo artist by Village Voice music critic Rob Harvilla described Dawson’s authentic persona having a demeanor which is “sheepish and guileless and awkward in a way that you really can’t fake” and who sometimes looks “legitimately terrified” during performances. Her honest and direct stage presence continues to engage audiences worldwide and Dawson’s live shows are frequently praised for sounding better than the recording.

Dawson appears with Paul Baribeau at the Yukon Bar at 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 11. The Yukon Bar is on Fourth Avenue in downtown Seward.


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