The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series: Kate Lorenz & the Constellations, Kimaya Diggs

WHAT: Summer Concert Series Featuring: Kate Lorenz & the Constellations, Kimaya Diggs
WHEN: Friday, July 20th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Hampshire County Courthouse Lawn, 15 Gothic St, Northampton, MA
How Much? FREE

About Kate Lorenz: 
Kate Lorenz has been singing ever since she learned to talk. An avid lover of classic rock and motown, she started off by singing what she heard on mix tapes and in her parents' vinyl collection and cut her teeth on the blues while studying abroad playing with a pub band in Ireland. Kate formed the nationally touring folk-rock band Rusty Belle with her brother Matt Lorenz (The Suitcase Junket) in 2006 and has recorded back-up vocals for fellow folk artists Chris Smither, Jeffrey Foucault, Caitlin Canty,  Hayward Williams, The Suitcase Junket and Zak Trojano.

Kate currently lives in Western MA and plays and sings with her rock-n-roll band Kate Lorenz & The Constellations (Ben Falkoff, Max Adam and Don McAulay) and with the Southern VT honky tonk band The Rear Defrosters. Her powerful voice has been compared to the gritty howls of Etta James and Janis Joplin and the tender country soul of Patsy Cline. Kate Lorenz's much-anticipated first solo album, "Sing When Lonely" was released  in January 2018 and is produced by Matt Lorenz.

Sing When Lonely is a collection of feel-good rockers, with detours into Nashville country and Memphis soul. Kate Lorenz’s big blast of a voice has never sounded better and her songwriting chops shine. On this disc, she shows us a different musical side than what we heard in Rusty Belle. She gets to scream, play guitar, sing about dive bars and is obviously having a whole lot of fun. It is contagious and the listener can’t resist turning up the volume and singing along. Who knew that this preschool teacher by day was such a rocker by night?" -Sheryl Hunter “The Greenfield Recorder”

About Kimaya Diggs:
Kimaya Diggs is a musician and teaching artist based in Northampton, MA. Her debut album, Breastfed, came out in April.

With influences spanning many genres, Kimaya Diggs melds the folky acrobatics of Joni Mitchell, the jazz stylings of Ella Fitzgerald, the catchy soul of Lianne LaHavas, and yet has something you can't quite put your finger on that makes her entirely unique. Her mastery of her voice is the focal point of each performance, and a transfixing experience

Her debut album, Breastfed, is a chronicle of bittersweet growing pains, expansive and generous. Whether roaring along with reckless urgency or irreverently recounting painful memories, Breastfed wrangles the growing-up narrative in a boldfaced, darkly humorous way.

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