Meklit @ Dollhouse

“You may not have heard Meklit Hadero’s music before, but once you do, it’ll be tough to forget. Hadero’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.”

- NPR’s Tell Me More

“It’s not just the voice, which is both soothing and rapturous. It’s not just the guitar-playing, which can veer from folksy to swingy to everything in between. It’s also the sentiment and the lyrics that pour out of Meklit Hadero’s songs — words that narrate gorgeously transportive thoughts…”

-San Francisco Weekly

“It’s easy to tell that Meklit Hadero is a singer, just by listening to the soft susurrations of her speaking voice. She could talk about anything and it would somehow sound private and intimate. Her singing follows suit, with its dense phrasing and lazy vibratos. Hadero is relatively new to the stage, but she’s already generated a huge cult of adoration in the past five years.

There’s a maturity to Hadero’s debut album, On a Day Like This … that belies her inexperience. She articulates words in weird, interesting ways to give them shape — “cloud” sounds like “clood” and “up” sounds like “ooom.” There are no hard consonants or sharp vowels, and all the lyrics flow along with a bluesy lilt. They could almost be scraps from a spoken-word poem: Green, green, green, everywhere, she sings in “Under,” accenting each “green” a slightly different way (“greeen, greenn, grreen”). The song is a lullaby and love ballad. It could almost be a hymn.

Hadero wrote or co-wrote all but two of the ten tracks on On a Day, and they all have a definitive style: spare chords, murky harmonies, an implied rise but no bridge. Her band is fantastic, buoyed by such local stars as drummer Jeff Marrs, bassists Devin Hoff and Marcus Shelby, trumpeter Darren Johnston, and saxophonist David Boyce — who, in a surprising twist, plays bass clarinet for most of this album. But it’s Hadero’s singing style that really sets the mood, and imbues each line with meaning.”

- Rachel Swan, East Bay Express

For more information about this event see:
http://www.dosavannah.com/article/thu-12122013-1304/meklit-coming-dollhouse-savannah

Check out her youtube channel @: http://www.youtube.com/user/meklithadero

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  • Mandy

    Really enjoyed meeting everyone that came! I thought the musicians did amazing. Loved Danni Cassette, that girl had so much life and energy in her music.

    2 · January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great music that warmed the soul. Just hope the heats on next time. Ha!!!

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Mandy

    For anyone who hasnt made it yet, the concert hasnt started yet! We are in the corner, im wearing a black striped top and skirt.

    January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks as if they have extra chairs that they're bringing out from a spare room

    2 · January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, Plenty of standing room

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are very few chairs. I'm sitting as you come in. I'm in a black top/jacket

    January 21, 2014

    • Mandy

      Thanks Mindy! Is there standing room?

      1 · January 21, 2014

  • Mandy

    I am on the way, sorry i closed the bar as fast as humanely possible! Work!

    January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm here, about to come in. Where are y'all seated?

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Laura J

    I cant locate a phone number for the Dollhouse to see if there are door tickets available. Site says seating is extremely limited. Does anyone have a phone number for them? Thanks.....

    January 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm pretty sure the "extremely limited" wording was for the VIP tickets.. I'm sure enough to take my chances at the door.

      3 · January 21, 2014

  • Laura J

    ok - ignore previous post....found a link and bought ticket online! cya there :)

    January 21, 2014

  • Mandy

    Got my ticket for tomorrow, hope everyone is as excited as I am!

    2 · January 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      awe man, do we need to get tickets in advance?

      January 20, 2014

    • Mandy

      No, it's 12 at the door. You don't have to buy in advance. :)

      January 20, 2014

  • Joan

    Got my tickets!

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Laura J

    Is the a plan where/when to meet?

    January 11, 2014

    • Mandy

      Hi Laura, I may be a little late because of work, but I will be wearing a black long sleeve T-shirt that has a white car on the front. I will comment my status before and do my best to make it there by 8. Also my number is[masked] if anyone needs help finding me and doesn't have access to the meetup board.

      1 · January 12, 2014

    • Mandy

      Okay on second thought, I'm not sure exactly what I'll be wearing but I will update next week. For some reason I was thinking it was Tuesday this week. We'll work it out.

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, i think I'm going to love this!

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Mandy

    Hi everyone! I wanted to let you all know that I will be a little late coming to this event as I am working this evening, and I should be getting off at about 8. I know the doors open right at 8, so it's likely it won't start until about 8:30… I'm hoping there are some opening acts as I really don't want to miss her! I will do my best to be there as early as possible.
    Thanks I am really looking forward to this one. :)

    January 11, 2014

    • Mandy

      Also, tickets are $12 at the door. They can be paid in advance for $10, but theres a fee so you would really only be saving some change.

      January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Never heard of Meklit but search her on YouTube. Awesome can't wait to see her live.

    1 · January 4, 2014

    • Mandy

      She's really good!

      January 11, 2014

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