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VAVÁ / Maria Neckam / Loosh at Hotel Cafe


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Singer/Songwriters Maria Neckam and Lucia “Loosh” Stavros tour the West Coast from LA to Vancouver, joining forces with L.A.’s guitar whiz VAVÁ for a show May 25th 10pm at Hotel Cafe. The show is being presented by PLAG Presents, an LA-based collective that works to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary people in the arts.

VAVÁ is Vanessa Wheeler, formerly of the band LeoLeo. Since gaining attention from her posts on instagram, she has opened for break-out artist like Lauren Ruth Ward, and has toured nationally with The Dear Hunter and The Family Crest (winter, 2017.) Her music is made up of subconscious micro-references to Vanessa’s major influences (Brazilian, Black American, pop, rock, and progressive musical genres), which are then filtered through her guitaristic, composer/songwriter brain. Often difficult to categorize, her music has been called “genre smashing” and “jaw-dropping,” (Buzzlands LA), and “the offspring of musical genes taken from Sia, Florence, and St. Vincent (Blurred Culture.)

Maria Neckam is an Austrian-born, Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter, who has made a name for herself as a highly unique and versatile voice. She has been praised by the press -- from the New York Times to NPR's "A Blog Supreme," and Le Monde in France -- as a "trailblazer," and "natural wonder." Maria has released three well received albums under her own name and is preparing the release of her fourth, produced by Jon Cowherd (Brian Blade & the Fellowship) and Steve Wall (Lucius, Meshell Ndegéocello). Her songs fall into the realm of indie pop - with an alternative edge, reminiscent of such artists as Feist, Regina Spektor and Ani DiFranco.

Loosh describes her brand of music as, “progressive rock stylings and deep grooves with uncharted harmonic movement on harp,” Delivering distinctly feminist and political themes, Loosh performs what she calls “superBitch rock,” with searing wide-range vocals. Loosh performs all original material including selections from the debut album scheduled for release in 2018 by her five-piece band Green and Glass. A former Fulbright Scholar for music studies in Paris, Stavros has performed internationally in distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, and The Universität der Künste in Berlin.