Eclectic singer-songwriter Poor Eliza announces brand new EP Ghost Town! A short solo tour in celebration of this EP takes her to New York City, D.C., and Harrisburg, PA. Ghost Town is a condensed journey of stagnation, rebirth, and disappointment. Says Jane Park of Poor Eliza in a press release, “It’s a bit of a reaction against the victory story, winning against all odds, or the ‘ah-hah’ moment. I try to examine moments that don’t necessarily lead to anything or just end quietly.”
This is especially pertinent to her the EP’s title track, which is about desperately wanting to leave one’s hometown, having the chance to escape, and never leaving. The song starts with an echoey, plaintive guitar riff and a militaristic drum roll that introduce the wistful lyrics, “It’s all so magical in your head/Take the car for a ride/Leave it all behind.”
While most of the songs feature introspective vocals and lamenting guitar swells, a lighter side to Poor Eliza is revealed in the instrumental “Ice Cream Song.” A note from inside the EP jacket says, “When sung live, Ice Cream Song is interspersed with audience members calling out various flavors of ice cream. Please feel free to do the same when listening in your car or at home.”
Poor Eliza’s latest EP Ghost Town is available in limited hard copy edition and on bandcamp. A short solo tour in celebration of this EP will take her to New York City, D.C., and Harrisburg, PA in the Spring. Poor Eliza is also going on a more expansive tour this summer to TN, GA, and OH. Go to pooreliza.com/shows for her most up to date tour schedule or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poor Eliza goes on her first tour ever starting Feb. 19th at Andy’s Old Port Pub in Portland, ME and ending with a homecoming at the Burren in Somerville, MA on Feb. 25th! Check out the dates and locations below and come out to see her!
2/19 Andy’s Old Port Pub in Portland ME
2/20 Empire in Portland, ME
2/21 Radio Bean in Burlington, VT
2/22 Design Lab (presented by Sounds and Tones) in North Adams, MA
2/23 Elements: Books, Coffee, Beer in Biddeford, MA
2/24 Superfresh! in Brattleboro, VT
2/25 HOMECOMING at The Burren in Somerville, MA
On Sunday, Feb. 25th at 7:30pm, Korean-American songwriter Poor Eliza (Jane Park) performs with Vietnamese American poet Duy Doan, and transgender singer-songwriter and poet Skylar Kergil at the Burren in Somerville. All three artists are united by a desire raise the visibility of marginalized voices, and use their art to connect to audiences who wish to experience a wide range of perspectives. Tickets are $12 advance/$16 at the door and can be purchased here: https://tickets.burren.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=268
Born in Texas, Duy is the author of the forthcoming collection We Play a Game, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. A Kundiman fellow, he received an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he serves as director of the Favorite Poem Project. Duy loves cats, soccer, and dance.
Skylar shares his stories through simple progressions and complicated lyrics. According to Billboard, he is one of eleven transgender and non-binary musicians to keep an eye on, writing that his music has a folk sound that sends a statement. He is a Boston native, often found nearby cats or listening to the lives of queer youth.
Boston-based, Korean-American songwriter Poor Eliza is an alum of the All Together Now performance series, producer of Ladies Coverband Night, and focuses her local shows on raising the visibility of women and minority performers. She is currently working on her second album and her first set of tours, which are planned for February, April, and June of 2018. For more information, please email email@example.com.