Willy Mason

World Cafe Live Philadelphia Presents

Willy Mason

Vilebred, Nina Violet

Friday, February 8, 2013

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

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs


This event is all ages

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Willy Mason - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Willy Mason
Willy Mason (born 21 November 1984) is an American singer-songwriter. He is the son of Jemima James and Michael Mason, both folk singers who - according to Willy - have influenced his music. When Mason was five, he and his family moved from New York to West Tisbury, Massachusetts on the island of Martha's Vineyard. He attended West Tisbury Elementary School and Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, where he participated in several local bands such as Keep Thinking, Cultivation, and Slow Leslie.

Mason's popularity rose after Sean Foley, associate of musician Conor Oberst, discovered his music on a local Martha's Vineyard Radio broadcast. Oberst would soon sign Mason to his new record label, Team Love and release his debut LP. Since then, he has toured with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Kweller, Unbusted, and Radiohead and played such venues as the Glastonbury Festival, South by Southwest, and the Offshore Ale House.

His first commercial release was a five-track EP, known as the "G-Ma's Basement EP". This included solo acoustic recordings of "Live It Up", "Hard Hand to Hold", "Waiter at the Station", "Not Lie Down" and "Oxygen". The CD was sold during 2004 live appearances and on the internet.

In the summer months of 2004 Willy and his brother Sam travelled to Old Soul Studios in the Catskills, New York to record the debut album Where the Humans Eat. Recording sessions were mostly live, in no more than three takes, featuring Willy's guitar and vocals, and Sam on the drums. Minimal overdubs of guitar, bass and other instruments were added later. The album was released on Conor Oberst's Team Love label in the USA in October 2004, and by Virgin Records in the UK in February 2005. Where the Humans Eat and its singles ("Oxygen" and "So Long"), charted in the UK Singles Chart and Albums Chart in 2005.

In 2004, he toured the United States, driving and sleeping in a diesel-powered camper van. In November of that year, it broke down in Death Valley. He paid a local mechanic $1500 to repair the van and flew to England for some scheduled tour dates. Upon his return he found the mechanic's garage locked up and the mechanic himself long gone. The van was tracked down to a street parking space a couple of blocks away, missing most of its key components, including the radiator. The engine block itself was sitting on the sidewalk. In an April 26th, 2006 radio session, Willy says he is hoping to invest in a 15-passenger school bus.

After many live appearances throughout 2004 and 2005, culminating with a performance at the Glastonbury Festival, Willy took some time off and returned to the family home in Martha's Vineyard. He began writing new songs and put a band together, featuring Nina Violet on viola and backing vocals, and Zak Borden on mandolin. In the spring of 2006, he began touring the USA and Europe with Nina and Zak, amongst other musicians. So far this year he has supported Beth Orton, KT Tunstall, Radiohead, and Sondre Lerche.

Willy released his second album, If the Ocean Gets Rough, in March 2007. Willy provided vocals the track Battle Scars on The Chemical Brothers album We Are the Night.
Nina Violet
Nina Violet
Nina Violet is a composer/vocalist/musician from the island of Martha's Vineyard. Classically trained on viola in public school, Nina made the jump to touring musician at the tender age of fifteen, accompanying legendary Vineyard band Kahoots.

After several years of touring/travelling around the US, Nina made it back to the Vineyard, only to leave again with fellow Vineyarder Willy Mason who'd scored a hit in the UK with his song "Oxygen." With Willy, Nina toured the US and Europe for three years, opening for Radiohead, Elvis Perkins and Beth Orton. In the meantime Nina found time to record two self-released albums: Nina Violet & the Invisible Orchestra and Lose Strife. For the past year she has been performing her own music exclusively and honing her songwriting and singing. She is about to start recording album number three.

Nina's music is difficult to describe. Like Harry Nilsson & Leonard Cohen, she knows her way around a melody and a lyric. One critic wrote: "We haven't quite worked out who Nina reminds us vocally. Like all class acts she reminds you of several people at one and the same time but the whole thing is so seamless that you have your work cut out to identify them and she just ends up sounding like herself." Added another: "Way Down Washing Dirty Dishes" and "Yellow Flash" feature the kind of soaring, otherworldly harmonies Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear get all the accolades for…as layered and lush as anything produced by Brian Wilson ."
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104