Monday, March 9, 2009


In case you haven't yet heard him, Nick Jaina is a writer, record producer and performer posessed of the kind of arresting presence and intense, innate gift for storytelling and songwriting that few today can match. It sounds like I'm being hyperbolic, but let me super assure you, I am not. He is touring this time with his seven-piece band, with whom he is known for proudly, joyously busking . His band orchestrates their instrumentation to perfectly match and amplify Jaina’s mesmerisingly-delivered songwriting—one snare, one tom, guitars, violins, horns.

Although his music has taken him across America, to Europe and even South America, Jaina is embedded in and is a hero and staple of the thriving Portland, Oregon music community. He is a force to be reckoned with both recorded and live, either on the street or in a theatre, with an audience of eight or eight hundred. 2008 was a banner year for Jaina, who released two critically-acclaimed (NPR: “Wool is a more foreboding collection of acoustic songs that seem to drift in on the ether. They crackle and buzz with haunting undertones made of bowed cymbals and resonating bells. It's a beautiful mix”) full-lengths on Hush Records; first, Wool, and then A Narrow Way; both are quite possibly his most brilliant works—big stuff for such a prolific and gifted dude.

04.24.09 - Denver, CO @ Meadowlark
04.25.09 - Omaha, NE @ Barley Street Tavern
04.28.09 - Wichita, KS @ Fisch Haus
04.30.09 - Auston, TX @ Lambert's
05.01.09 - Fort Worth, TX @ The Chat Room
05.04.09 - Arlington, VA @ Iota
05.06.09 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
05.07.09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Manhattan Room
05.09.09 - Winooski, VA @ Monkey House
05.16.09 - Madison, WI @ The Project Lodge

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