Peter Mulvey @ The Vanilla Bean Cafe
January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peter Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur and almost-poet since before he can remember. Raised working-class Catholic on the Northwest side of Milwaukee, he took a semester in Ireland, and immediately began cutting classes to busk on Grafton Street in Dublin and hitchhike through the country, finding whatever gigs he could. Back stateside, he spent a couple years gigging in the Midwest before lighting out for Boston, where he returned to busking (this time in the subway) and coffeehouses. Small shows led to larger shows, which eventually led to regional and then national and international touring. The wheels have not stopped since.
Nineteen records, an illustrated book, thousands of live performances, a TEDx talk, a decades-long association with the National Youth Science Camp, opening for luminaries such as Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, and Chuck Prophet, appearances on NPR, an annual autumn tour by bicycle, emceeing festivals, hosting his own boutique festival (the Lamplighter Sessions, in Boston and Wisconsin)… Mulvey never stops. He has built his life’s work on collaboration and an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. He folds everything he encounters into his work: poetry, social justice, scientific literacy, & a deeply abiding humanism are all on plain display in his art.
Johanna Rose opens the show….
Johanna Rose got their start in folk music as a teenager playing upright bass under bridges with wayfarers. Gathered around the fire, below the pandemonious city, Rose learned many traditional folk tunes from the train hopper circuit that stopped off in their hometown, Milwaukee, WI. Since, Rose has been on a decade-long musical escapade. From a stint immediately following highschool in Portland’s underground scene, to basement shows with Milwaukee-based art punk band, New Boyz Club, to international touring with their formative Americana duo project, Nickel&Rose, Rose has never stopped playing.