Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Lila Nelson began her lyrical life in the River Valley of Southern California with stints in Washington State, Idaho, and Santa Cruz, California. Later she spent years in beautiful and remote Arcata, California where she honed her skills as a performer, earning a degree in theatre arts, and working between tour dates as a DJ on the award winning independent radio station, KHUM.
What began as knack for lyricism and harmony blossomed into full fledged crafts-woman-ship and stage savvy. Her early guitar- and piano-based songs often echoed the stark, often wry first person of her old pen-pal, Loudon Wainwright III. But her sound gradually found a home in its own rich elliptical song-scapes.
Loudon remarked on her 2004 debut: “Great songs…poetic tendrils that cling…”
In 2005 she was featured on the front page of Neil Young’s website with her song “Fresh Paint,” which “hit home.” She was also named semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for “Hold it in Your Hand,” and she played with the celebrated Richie Havens. She has sung and acted with the internationally acclaimed Dell’ Arte Players. In 2008 she recorded with Freddy Koella (Bob Dylan, k.d. lang, Carla Bruni) in Santa Monica, CA and toured with the late Kenny Edwards (Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon). “Letter Home” features Koella, Edwards, Don Heffington (Jayhawks) and Stewart Cole (Sara McLachlan, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros).
Upon moving to Oakland, CA in 2009, Nelson played with Ben Folds at the premiere Bay Area venue, The Fox Theater, and toured overseas. About her recently released sixth album, The Fret & the Fray, Lila says, “The album has a kind of energy I’ve been wanting to record for a long time. The liveness–the danciness–on some of the songs is a new, but fitting frontier for me. I grew up dancing. That paradox of the deeply contemplative and the wholly unrestrained speaks to me. Plus, sometimes you just have to make some noise.”
She recently gave birth to her greatest work: Viva Caliendo.
No Pardon is a New Folk trio based out of Eureka CA, featuring the songwriting of Chris Parreira (guitar) and Rosalind Parducci (fiddle), with Amber Grimes on the lusty upright bass.
Fresh and bluesy, this trio plays a blend of indie-folk-jazz. Their sound is inventive and illustrative, every song tells a story or paints a picture with the mood of the instruments. Parducci and Parreira each have distinctive, dynamic voices: their harmonies are clear and gripping. Parreira's rhythm guitar is chunky and delectable, an articulate blend of folk, funk, and country and Amber Grimes plays soulful bass in tandem with the lively groove.
Parducci's fiddle has been dubbed her “second voice,” so much does it resemble her first - she dynamically accompanies her singing on fiddle with chops, chords and drones. Her songs invite listeners on a journey with pure and unembellished song, tinted by the pigments of jazz, pop and blues.
In 2016, No Pardon played at the regional Folk Life Festival, Mateel Summer Arts and Music Festival, and the Lost Sierra Hoedown, and they released their first 7-track EP last spring.
Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!