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Nite Jewel

Eclectic beats from LA's Ramona Gonzales

Nite Jewel

Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown

Sat, July 8

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$14.00 - $16.00

This event is 21 and over

Nite Jewel
Nite Jewel
“I’m looking for a real high and a real low, isn’t that the way love goes?”

The extraordinary peaks of love are incomparable, but these moments of euphoria are coupled with the feeling that they are fleeting, that conflict lies ahead or worse, inner solitude. Nevertheless, you go ahead — love is new every time and each time there are infinite ways to experience it and still never totally understand the story.

Drawn to the way janet. (1993) seemed at once hopefully naive about what is possible while expressing a deep understanding of love’s downfalls, with Real High, Ramona Gonzalez updates this feminine inner dialogue to reflect the increasing challenges of hyper-modern society, in particular with respect to selfhood. Within our current climate of heightened self-awareness, we become inhibited in our ability to truly lose ourselves to another person. This album offers one perspective on how it is to be vulnerable in these moments of tension.

The love song, for the artist, is not only about a relationship with another person, but also the love one has for oneself and one’s life, and one’s work. Real High looks into this paradigm, and finds more questions than answers.

Recorded over the course of four years in Los Angeles with the help of Cole M.G.N., these songs of transformational love and relentless nostalgia present the most personal, lyric driven Nite Jewel record to date. With everything from expansive, futuristic balladry (“Real High,” “Part Of Me”) to gauzy dance-floor hits (“2 Good 2 Be True,” “The Answer”), Nite Jewel’s fourth full length acts as her most focused and bold effort yet. Featuring contributions from long-time collaborators such as Dâm-Funk, Droop-E, and Julia Holter, the timeless production, unique voice, and pristine song-craft of Real High create an irresistible combination that only seeks to enhance its affecting message.
Geneva Jacuzzi
Geneva Jacuzzi
Geneva Garvin (aka Geneva Jacuzzi) is a songwriter, visual and recording artist from Los Angeles, California. In her music she has honed a blithe and cryptic wit filled with sultry puns, double entendres, and irreverent references to mysticism and the occult. From 2004 to 2007 she fronted the tongue-in-cheek goth band Bubonic Plague, an influential cult favorite in the burgeoning scene in LA’s Echo Park district.

Her music has used styles that range from darkwave, goth, lounge and tropicalia. She recreates these sounds in painstaking detail on a portable 8-track cassette recorder.
Her recent recordings have zeroed in on a discarded period in electronic funk and dance music associated with groups like Morris Day and The Time, El DeBarge and Zapp & Roger. She infuses these styles with elaborate instrumentation and harmonically complex textures that are technically difficult to achieve using her recording equipment. These distilled instrumental pieces often last under 30 seconds.

She has also developed a collage-art style that she uses to package her own music and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti albums. Like her music, her album covers consist of other album covers, intricately re-worked and shuffled so as to give the impression of a sensuous time in contemporary music, while avoiding specific references or quotation.
Harriet Brown
Harriet Brown
Born in the air of paradise, Harriet Brown has descended from the heavens to join in on the wild rhythms of our Lady Earth. Come partake in his entry to this new world, and witness his paradisiacal sounds and sensual vibes. Synthesizers, drum machines, guitar, and brazen vocals are unified through the mind and body of one man, generating a sound in which the past becomes the future; Harriet Brown is creating a new kind of romantic funk. His journey has just begun, and he seeks to share himself with all who are willing to receive. So come and get freaky with your very own Harriet Brown. It's a New Era.