Patresa Hartman Band, Paige Harpin (Solo) & Eden Stokka Live at Gas Lamp
Doors at 8pm
Music at 9pm
$7 cover at the door
Patresa Hartman Band (Des Moines, Iowa)
Des Moines-based singer/songwriter, Patresa Hartman, calls her style soul-folk. A rich, blues voice, serves as the vehicle for thoughtful, poetic lyrics. A percussive guitar player, Hartman's signature finger picking style serves as a rhythmic foundation for soulful melodies that hint at contemporary country and folk. But Hartman's roots in gospel and soul become apparent in her turns behind the piano.
"Messenger," a song off the first album, was chosen to appear on Carpe DSM (2016), a compilation of original songs from Des Moines based singer-songwriters. In November of the same year, Hartman was a feature performer at Little Big Fest, a local festival that headlines national acts. --
Hartman released her first album, "the only way down," in 2014, receiving praise.
“Hartman’s a clever writer, an honest story teller and a beautiful singer. This is an album that begs to be played.”
Chad Taylor, Cityview Magazine, September 3, 2014. -- Her second album, "Queen of Everything," was released December 1, 2016, in conjunction with a music video--a collaboration with the Iowa Ballet Academy and local filmmakers at DEFT.
Paige Harpin of Paige Harpin Group (Des Moines, Iowa)
Close your eyes and allow the smooth, confident creations of Paige Harpin to transport you to simpler times.
With a cool and collected, laid-back swagger seldom seen since the days of the most iconic soul and jazz performers of eras past, Harpin delivers a formula inspired by nothing less than the very best of those times—and likewise, their most powerful modern counterparts (e.g., Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and D'angelo). Backed by a foundation of appropriately self-assured instrumentals, Harpin's arresting vocal prowess is front and center, guiding you through her sonic soundscapes with grace and geniality. There's a relatability and a sense of comforting familiarity felt when absorbing the work of Paige Harpin; something akin to catching up with an old friend or reminiscing on lost loves, more so with fondness than any kind of pain in your heart. It's soothing and nostalgic, self-reflective and ofttimes vulnerable—but most importantly, it's real.
With an impressive collection of songs written entirely by Harpin herself, her newest album, titled 'how do you love,' was recorded and mixed in Des Moines, Iowa by Logan Christian at Midday Studios and later mastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Mitski, Balmorhea). Additionally, percussion and horn arrangements on the effort were contributed by Dustin Smith and Tim Sanders, respectively, rounding out the sound with relaxing grooves and rich layers that complement Harpin's songwriting and powerful vocal presence beautifully.
If you're in need of a respite from the woes of love, life, and everything in between, or if you need to connect with something on a deeper level to feel a surge of life once more, submerge yourself in the depths of Paige Harpin's impassioned offerings on 'how do you love' and feel a revitalized sense of self with a newfound musical adoration resonating within you.
Eden Stokka (Des Moines, Iowa)