Nettwerk Heads To AMERICANAFEST – Day Party Sept 16th At The Basement
September 2, 2022 BY Danielle Romeo
Nettwerk is heading to Nashville for its debut AMERICANAFEST party in partnership with The Bluegrass Situation and Taylor Guitars. Set for Friday, September 16th @ The Basement from 1pm – 5pm, the event will feature performances from Nashville’s Bre Kennedy and Old Sea Brigade, as well as The Ballroom Thieves, Brooke Annibale, Mark Wilkinson, and LULLANAS. Guests can also enjoy free drinks and food from Delicias Colombianas RR Food Truck! Save the Nettwerk party in your AMERICANAFEST (iOS / Android) and RSVP here: https://ffm.to/americanafest.
Learn more about each artist below, and we hope to see you there!
Thursday, September 15th: 10PM @ The Basement East (Official Showcase)
Friday, September 16th: 4:30pm @ The Basement (Nettwerk Day Party)
Nashville-based singer and songwriter Bre Kennedy creates music soaked in rich, timeless storytelling with innate pop sensibilities. She spent the spring opening for fellow Nashvillian Joy Oladokun, and will join Caitlyn Smith on a few dates in September before supporting The Paper Kites on their fall tour. She will also appear at Nashville’s Live on the Green on Sept 1. Her upcoming single, “Before I Have A Daughter,” was co-written by Lori McKenna and will appear on an upcoming EP, details TBA. Bre grew up in a musical household, taking in the greats like Tom Petty, Heart, Aretha Franklin, and Carole King. After a brief stint in LA, she hopped in her Nissan and headed to Nashville where she discovered her true musical identity. In the past couple of years, Kennedy has sold-out Nashville’s historic Exit In and has supported such renowned artists as Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr., and Birdtalker. Watch a live performance of “Ribbon” HERE.
Friday, September 16th: 3:45pm @ The Basement (Nettwerk Day Party)
Praised for fusing “warm, lovely Americana” (Brooklyn Vegan) with “synthesizers reminiscent of Joy Division” (KUTX), Nashville-via-Georgia’s Old Sea Brigade is preparing to release his new album 5AM Paradise on October 28th. In the lead up to 5AM Paradise, Old Sea Brigade (Ben Cramer) has gone from making “some of the best quarantine art” (Consequence) to playing legendary stages across the U.S., like New York’s Town Hall and San Francisco’s Fillmore. His lateset single, “Monochrome,” like much of the new album, features collaborations with some of the most accomplished musicians from Old Sea Brigade’s Nashville community – including the song’s co-writer Trent Dabbs (who also co-wrote Kacey Musgraves’ “High Horse”) and backing from Eli Beaird (Willie Nelson, Ruston Kelly), Kris Donegan (Mickey Guyton, Hayes Carll) and Julian Dorio (Amanda Shires, Eagles Of Death Metal). The ten-song collection was recorded in a handmade studio high-atop the mountains of North Carolina by the artist and his longtime collaborators/producers Owen Lewis and Jeremy Griffith (who also perform on “Monochrome”). Watch the official video for “Monochrome” HERE.
Thursday, September 15th: 10pm @ Exit/In (Official Showcase)
Friday, September 16th: 1:40pm @ The Basement (Nettwerk Day Party)
The Ballroom Thieves (Martin Earley and Calin Peters) recently released their new album Clouds – a lush meditation on longing to return to touring (“to see different sunsets, roads”), but also a reflection of its difficulties (insomnia brought on by sleeping in different hotel rooms every night). While never shying away from topics and ideas they are passionate about, The Ballroom Thieves have charmed fans around the country. Their catalog has amassed hundreds of millions of streams, garnered key press (NPR Music, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post) and radio support, and gained a loyal live following, with sold-out shows and coveted festival spots at iconic events like Newport Folk Festival, Boston Calling and Calgary Folk. After a major car accident, the onset of the pandemic, and the departure of a band member, the duo has been learning to roll with the punches. The pair both emphasize that they’ve learned to navigate complicated situations, including their struggles with depression, which often color their songs. If they can impart anything to listeners, it’s that talking about mental health is not a weakness—and that sharing any of life’s trials can be a source of strength. Watch a live performance of “Shadow” HERE.
Friday, September 16th: 3pm @ The Basement (Nettwerk Day Party)
Since the release of 2018’s Hold To The Light, Pittsburgh-born, Rhode Island-based singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale has both redefined her sound and entered a new phase of life. After making significant strides in her mental-health journey and saying “I do” to her wife, Brooke has never been more excited to share a new collection of songs. Her upcoming album, Better By Now, features 10 blossoming indie-pop tracks that Brooke describes as a “spectrum of emotions.” In her trademark layered approach, Brooke reflects on love, anxiety, and how two seemingly opposing forces can exist at once. Not confined by any one genre, Brooke’s expressive and beautifully thoughtful songwriting creates a dreamy, dark, and enticing sonic landscape. She has been a favorite among music supervisors and featured in such media as Stereogum, Under The Radar, American Songwriter, NPR/World Café and more. She has also shared the stage with artists like Mt. Joy, Iron & Wine, Lucius, and Rufus Wainwright. Better By Now is out September 30th. Watch the video for “Better By Now” HERE.
Thursday, September 15th: 6pm @ Analog at Hutton Hotel (Official Showcase)
Friday, September 16th: 2:20pm @ The Basement (Nettwerk Day Party)
Mark Wilkinson bottles the most intimate moments of his life within the quiet space between delicate piano, soft strings, gentle guitar, and eloquent lyricism. In his songs, the Sydney-based singer and songwriter allows listeners to get as close as possible to him— almost as if he’s speaking directly to them through his dynamic delivery and soulful timbre. Following his 2011 full-length debut Truth Came Running, he gained international momentum with independent LPs such as Let The River Run , Hand Picked, Vol. 2 , Wasted Hours , and Blue Eyed Girls  to name a few. Christened SiriusXM’s “Discovery of the Year” upon his U.S. introduction, he has also impressively moved over 80,000 units and counting, in addition to scaling the Australian Independent Charts at #1. Meanwhile, he lit up streaming platforms with the likes of “I’m On Fire” [Conki Remix], generating north of 23.5 million Spotify streams. Of his gigs, Huffington Post noted, “The buzz around Wilkinson’s live performances has been growing (he continues to sell out shows across Australia and throughout Europe, all without formal marketing support or promotional campaigns).” Watch a live performance of “Earthquake” HERE.
Thursday, September 15th: 10pm @ Koinonia / The Well (Official Showcase)
Friday, September 16th: 1pm @ The Basement (Nettwerk Day Party)
Twin sisters Atisha and Nishita Lulla, aka LULLANAS, create songs wrapped in Americana warmth, folk eloquence, country storytelling, and unassuming pop ambition. Their debut EP, Before Everything Got Real, thrives on an inimitable and familial balance. Music manifested itself in LULLANAS’ lives at a young age. Growing up in Pennsylvania, they recall how important music was on their many family road trips, with their dad listening to The Beatles, The Eagles and Shania Twain, while their mom favored Johnny Cash and Eric Clapton. During a summer visit to their grandmother in India, the duo ended up in an old cotton mill converted into a studio where they impromptu tracked their song “Don’t Say.” Without any expectations, they uploaded the track, which has almost 2 million streams on Spotify alone. Between gigs alongside Maggie Rose, Neal Carpenter, and Wild Rivers, they toured with Peter Bradly Adams. During the summer of 2019, they recorded Before Everything Got Real with producer Peter Katis [The National]. Listen To Before Everything Got Real HERE, and check out their gorgeous cover of label-mates’ The Paper Kites break-out single “Bloom” HERE.