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PATIO SHOW: Frances Eliza
2021-10-15 @ 5:00 pm
- 4 PM DOORS // 5 PM SHOW
- ALL AGES
- GENERAL ADMISSION PATIO SHOW (SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED)
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Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Asheville-based singer-songwriter Frances Eliza blends her love of songwriting with her passion for jazz, indie-folk, and pop music. Her jarring, unexpected lyrics and intricate melodies delve into the challenges of human relationships from the perspective of an independent-minded young woman and musician. She draws inspiration from artists such as Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers, and Alice Phoebe Lou. Frances plays with producers and multi-instrumentalists Cole Covington (vocals, guitar, bass) and Daniel Harris (drums). Tristan Ferner (keyboard) and AJ Huang (saxophone) are also featured in Frances’ new album.
Frances’ bittersweet music and raw vocal timbre first came to life in her debut EP “Sleepwalking,” released in late 2019. Since Fall 2020, she has been recording new material with Covington and Harris. Frances’ new single “Selkirk” explores the grief of losing the simplicity and innocence of childhood. Her new album infuses jazz elements and unique melodies into the raw imagery of human connection, hope, and loss.
Frances has been performing solo since she was 13 years old, getting her start by performing at local fundraisers and open mics. Having performed for audiences up to 3,000 people, Frances performs unique sets of originals and covers reflecting her eclectic musical background. Her older sister, Eleanor Mehlenbacher (Duke ‘16) and her have been singing together since she was 4 years old, and the two of them have performed together at events like Raleigh’s March for Our Lives rally against gun violence and other local fundraisers. Frances is currently pursuing a BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music at UNC Asheville. Although she is studying jazz voice now, Frances previously studied classical voice with various private instructors in NC.
For the past couple of years she has been playing at local breweries and coffee houses around Western North Carolina and South Carolina, playing a range of new originals and covers. She has played at venues like Local 506 (Chapel Hill) and The Pour House Music Hall (Raleigh). As venues continue to open up again, Frances will be playing more live shows with her band to showcase her new music.
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