Heather Kropf “Lights” CD Release – Tickets – The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls – Millvale, PA – May 19th, 2017

Heather Kropf "Lights" CD Release

Mr. Smalls Presents

Heather Kropf "Lights" CD Release

Joy Ike

Fri, May 19, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

If you were a Kickstarter backer, but missed the 'free ticket' redemption code period, please contact Heather Kropf through the Kickstarter messenger!

“Lights” is available May 19 and Heather Kropf will be joined by the full band at tonight’s release concert.

Heather Kropf
Heather Kropf
Heather Kropf has been a musician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for almost two decades, earning acclaim for her evocative singing and songwriting. Think of Suzanne Vega with a dash of Joni Mitchell thrown in, and you get an approximation of Kropf’s sound. She could have stayed on the same path, produced her own albums, performed with the same musicians, and her music would still be irresistible.
But a desire to expand her musical footprint, to see if she could find a wider audience, spurred Kropf to step outside her comfort zone. “Lights,” Kropf’s fifth album, is her finest. Recorded in Nashville with producer/multi-instrumentalist Lex Price (k.d. lang, Grant-Lee Phillips, Mindy Smith, Miranda Lambert) and an all-star cast of musicians that have worked with artists ranging from Bill Frisell to Laura Veirs to Sheryl Crow, the album rewards the decision to change her routine.
Under the guidance of Price, the band has created a lush and sonically arresting sound that is different from Kropf’s past efforts. Price also allowed Kropf the freedom to concentrate on vocals and piano, resulting in some of her finest recorded performances. No matter the arrangement – the mid-tempo pop of “Ghost Town,” the achingly spare “Love Light,” the haunting rhythm of “Winter Sun” – Kropf’s honeyed vocals are mesmerizing.
Joy Ike
Born to Nigerian immigrants, Philadelphia-based independent artist Joy Ike's music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played well over 800 shows and has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Cody Chestnutt, Denison Whitmer, Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Serena Ryder, Tyrone Wells, Najee, Allen Toussaint, Seth Glier, and Ken Whitely & The Levy Sisters to name a few. Ike's path has consistently taken an "anywhere for anyone" approach playing for intimate audiences in coffeehouse, Universities, house concerts, churches, and small theater settings. A write-up on NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small." A segment on NPR's World Cafe (December 2013) featured Ike as one of Pennsylvania's up-and-coming artists.
Venue Information:
The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
400 Lincoln Ave
Millvale, PA, 15209