Black Prairie / Kristin Andreassen

Monday / September 8, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
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939 Boylston Street
Black Prairie

Black Prairie is a band with its own character, momentum, and style though describing that style has become increasingly difficult. “I gave up a long time ago,” says guitarist Jon Neufeld of the Portland, Oregon-based band which formed in 2007 when Chris Funk gathered local musicians for a chance to write music and play instruments he wasn’t utilizing in his role as guitarist in the Decemberists.

Black Prairie’s recent material adds a dose of Led Zeppelin-inspired rock energy to its Americana roots.

Watch a music video for Black Prairie’s “Let It Out” here:

Kristin Andreassen is a diverse musician who has toured three continents, playing festival stages as big as Bonnaroo, living in rooms smaller than a train car, and everything in between. The influence of traditional music is still strong Andreassen’s writing. Her catchy song “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color For Your Eyes,” which opens her solo album Kiss Me Hello, was inspired by an old-fashioned pattycake rhythm. “Crayola” won the John Lennon Song Contest Grand Prize for Children’s music, has been covered by choirs and marching bands, and remains a favorite on kids’ radio. 

Watch Kristin Andreassen’s music video for “Crayola” here: