Trixie Whitley to Bring Original Indie-Rock to Club Helsinki Hudson

Trixie Whitley

Trixie Whitley

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Indie-rock scion Trixie Whitleythe daughter of the late Texas experimental blues musician Chris Whitley – will bring her unique brand of moody, melodic indie-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, September 25, at 8pm. Experimental rocker Indigo Street warms up the crowd for Whitley.

Trixie Whitley is one-of-a-kind. The 29-year-old Belgian-born daughter of the late experimental blues musician Chris Whitley has been immersed in music her entire life, hanging out in New York City’s Electric Lady Studios while just a toddler. She split her early years between Ghent (the one in Belgium) and New York City, and picked up drums as a child, before hitting the road with a dance company as an actor, singer, dancer and musician. She spent time as a DJ spinning at raves, festivals and parties in Europe and in New York.

Now a multiple threat on drums, guitar, and keyboard as well as vocals, Whitley’s first solo EP was produced by Hudson’s own Meshell Ndegeocello. She has made music with an all-star lineup of downtown jazz artists including Marc Ribot and Craig Street, and is a member of Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, alongside drummer Brian Blade and Daryl Johnson.

As a solo artist, Whitley is an eclectic performer, stylistically ranging from folk to rock, pop to R&B, punk to electronica. She still sometimes still gets called a folk-blues singer because of her musical lineage, but she’s truly carving out her own space in the musicverse.

For Trixie Whitley, her sophomore release represents an introspective expedition into the depths of her creative identity. “Porta Bohemica” cribs its name from a defunct European railroad: its songs wind through landscapes of absolute subconscious that she learned to trust by largely self-producing the album. “The metaphor of an old train line feeds something in my imagination. I related to that sense of travel when making this record. It involved letting go of my past to embrace my individuality as a young woman and as an artist” the Brooklyn-based musician says.

Since 2013, Trixie Whitley has emerged as a compelling solo artist. “Fourth Corner,” her full-length debut, garnered acclaim from MOJO, Interview, ELLE, Vogue, Relix, the Village Voice, NPR and the New York Times, among many other publications. Through its success, she’s toured internationally and earned three nominations, as well as a win for Best Female Artist at the 2013 Belgium Music Industry Awards (MIAs).

Trixie Whitley

Trixie Whitley

Whitley’s prismatic artistry reflects electronica, R&B, the vulnerable ethos of singer-songwriters, and the unapologetic individuality of punk rock. Although her previous effort reflects her broad tastes, it is with her latest that Trixie creates a transcendent musical miscellany. It even took chucking an earlier version of the record and starting over to achieve the meaning and mastery displayed in the gorgeous, multi-textured “Porta Bohemica.” “I wanted to make people think and feel something honest and emotionally complex in my music–that comes from being fully present in the creative moment.”

In early 2016, “Porta Bohemica” was nominated for IMPALA’s European Independent Album of the Year.

Warmup act Indigo Street’s new self-titled project is a collaboration between herself and guitarist Daniel Barron. Formerly of the darker, synthier Shy Hunters, Street’s new work has a brighter feel — at once delicate, driving and rhythmically elusive.

As a supporting musician, Street has worked with Yoko Ono, Jolie Holland, Marc Ribot, Jeffery Lewis, Jim White (Dirty Three/Xylouris White), Karen O, Sabina Sciubba (Brazilian Girls) and many others. She has, at times, laughed and cried through an astonishingly diverse array of musical odd jobs, from providing vocal effects (specifically goat sounds) for a Phillip Glass production and singing in a mayonnaise commercial, to playing guitar for singers and bands across a dizzying number of genres.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.





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