Indie folk-rock band, Wildwood Park, will release its debut CD, “A Beauty in Her Day” at a special event at the Gesa Power House Theatre on October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Hailing from Walla Walla, Wildwood Park showcases the song-craft of brothers and veteran songwriters Aaron and Jesse Burgess and features the vocals and violin of Anna Okada Burgess, Jesse’s 19-year-old daughter. Anna, a classically-trained violinist, singer, and Celtic fiddler, released a solo CD (“Spring in Brassica”) at age 14, and at 15 she performed in the exclusive National High School Honors Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York. Drummer Dov Friedman completes the quartet.
Wildwood Park’s sound is autumnal and rich. The songs are sad and hopeful, emotionally mature, featuring delicate melodies reminiscent of John Lennon’s lyrical songs, with strong influences from folk rock music from the late 60s and early 70s: from Nick Drake to the Beatles, and Neil Young to Bob Marley. The subject matter ranges from spiritual epiphany, to love lost, to a story of a homeless man’s last hours on the cold streets of a sleeping city.
Most songs on “A Beauty in Her Day” feature Anna’s exquisite and passionate violin work. Her singing is finely textured, intimate, and free of the affectations so often found in singers in the contemporary indie folk-rock scene.
This concert will feature several guest musicians, including San Francisco producer and virtuoso pedal steel guitarist Bruce Kaphan, Nick Bader, Doug Scarborough, Michael Simon, and Elena Janis.