Friday, January 25th, 8:30pm
The Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi
All-ages ’til 11pm, 21+ after that
Saint Ophelia brings an Alternative Folk Rock sound to the stage with their original songs that run the gamut from rocking to spacious. Singer-songwriter Joseph Panzetta and vocalist Rebekah Bevilacqua Kuzma front a stellar band that includes Dan Tyack on pedal steel and Wesley Peterson on drums. They will be joined by Chuck Keller on bass.
The uniqueness of Saint Ophelia’s sound lies within the blend of its vocals, musicianship, and eclectic original songs within a vast range of styles. This makes listening to Saint Ophelia a unique and visceral experience.
One of the band’s stand-out qualities are the harmonies of lead singers Rebekah and Joe. Rebekah‘s vocal talent comes from years of classical training, singing in choirs and being a church cantor. The two sang together for the first time on the Voice of Vashon radio show, Live on the Highway, and came away knowing they had to collaborate more. From there, they say the band just happened.
As an audience member, you hear their sound in the totality of finely tuned collaboration. They are all using their instruments in innovative and masterful ways that blends together into a harmonic presentation that is something quite different and enjoyable.
The fun is visible in their live performances. The bandmates are connected and are locked-in with each other as the songs seem to move through them more than coming from them. Michael Marcus’ jazz training is evident in his masterful bass playing, and Dan Tyack takes the songs to new heights with his leads. Tyack, a consummate innovator on the steel guitar, who has performed and recorded with artists such as Derek Trucks, Jackson Brown, Graham Nash, and Bill Frisell, said, “this is the best playing I’ve ever done. This music just explodes at you with all these ideas you haven’t heard before. This is the best music I’ve ever been involved with.”