Welcome to the eleventh installment of the 2015 Quick Fact blog series. These posts aim to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find at the Festival this season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We’ll even throw in some photos and videos to sweeten the deal!
Kate Davis makes her debut at Spoleto Festival USA.
If you put a mid-career Jenny Lewis album in a room with Regina Spektor’s coloring, Joanna Newsom’s lyric poetry, and a dose of Tina Fey’s sharp wit—then add two decades of rigorous musical education—Kate Davis might come strolling out. The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has been praised in recent years, performing at world-class venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, as well as an array of New York City clubs. Whether she’s crooning rootsy ballads or plucking bright riffs from her bass, Davis puts a fresh spin on the standards and brings a canonical sensibility to her own lush creations. This gutsy songstress from Portland, Oregon trained at the Manhattan School of Music, broadening her palette to include dazzling skill and impeccable taste, and has shared the stage with a number of famed artists: Renee Fleming, Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, and more. She alternates between achingly soulful and flippantly funny, and her songwriting combines a wide range of sonic textures and inventive lyrics.
College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George Street
Thursday, June 4 at 9:00pm
The charming style of Kate Davis will leave you wanting more. As she precisely plays her bass and warmly sings through a well-rounded repertoire of classics and her own compositions, the harmonious balance on stage becomes a delight—and has been lauded by audiences and critics alike. She has been named one of “15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop” by MTV and was recognized as a 2009 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. With an influence from the stylings of Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday, Davis’ voice has its own endearing qualities to deliver an authentic brand of memorable music, all in the beautiful setting of the Cistern Yard.
Kate Davis is part of the Wells Fargo Jazz Series. Tickets to Kate Davis and all other Festival performances are available online at spoletousa.org, over the phone at (843) 579-3100, and in person at the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting Street).