When you first hear Goodnight Moonshine it brings a wave of nostalgia, conjuring teenage heartache- then perhaps a similar sensation to falling in love. As the music fades you're left grappling with what it is to stay in love with something both beautiful and flawed. Courageous unveiling and depth of experience make the collaboration between married couple Molly Venter and Eben Pariser addictively captivating.
Molly’s voice bends from a sweet moan to a gritty shout and back into a playful run in the space of a few bars, and "it all goes down like silk," writes American Songwriter Magazine. The magazine also notes that "few singers turn first-time listeners into eternal fanatics as effortlessly as Molly Venter."
The emotional potency of her voice is surrounded and supported by a lush landscape of harmonies and minimalist orchestrations, conceived by Eben on vocals and electric guitar. Co-writing often, the couple uses the creative process to explore a healthy, authentic relationship. Both wholesome and irreverent, they sing of grief and joy in equal measure; Molly gives smooth delivery to Eben's assertions, while Eben gives form and focus to Molly's raw passion. Their music encourages listeners to embrace opposing desires, to challenge as well as support each other through inspiration and dissolution, and hopefully to share this journey with their larger communities.
Molly’s voice has caught the ear of industry giants, and been prominently featured on Fox Television, Apple Computers and in Warner Brothers films. Molly and Eben’s song "Willow Tree" was a #1 hit on the Folk charts in 2014 and was featured in USA Today. Consummate performers, Molly and Eben have also appeared nationally and internationally on 100+ shows a year, with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets 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!