Kath Bloom (with David Shapiro), Will Veeder, and Joe Sorriero (of Nod)

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Abilene Bar & Lounge

153 Liberty Pole Way Rochester, NY


Kath Bloom


For fans of the song and how to feel it. Kath Bloom (USA) is some kind of legend. She comes from a special place where country, blues and folk are made beautifully translucent and emotive. She has a special gift – her voice is delicate and tender,  yet retains that raw emotion and hard worn truths that allows each sung word to be felt.

The more you hear of Kath Bloom, the more you notice it’s not just the arresting voice, but the power of the songwriting. “Beautiful” is the typical response—the kind of beauty that comes from truth, musical and the deeply lyrical. There are no good comparisons, but if you like the deep well of Emmylou Harris, the more poignant lyrics of Lou Reed, the joy of Maher Shalal Hash Baz or even Joni Mitchell, you're kinda in the right zone. In reality, she’s simply Kath Bloom: horse whisperer, vocalist, mum, songwriter and a beautiful person.

Her albums recorded with Loren Mazzacane Connors in the 70′s/80′s are rare things, full of songs that float and melt into the ether. Impossibly beautiful and hard to find on LP, but check the reissues from a few years ago . In the 90′s Kath’s music was famously featured in Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunrise. Since then she has been busy writing and recording to great acclaim. Two new albums in the last few years and she and her songs where also honoured on a tribute album featuring Bill Callahan, Scout Niblett and Mark Kozelek.

Kath will be joined by David Shapiro (aka Alexander). 

Press Quotes

"Devastating songwriting."- NPR Song of the Day

"Man, just go see Kath Bloom. You could say she's  a folk singer, but the raw emotions in her voice weighed against her celestial guitar tones creates a transcendant energy." -Chad Radford, CL Music Editor"One of the most beautiful singers ever. Heartbreaking." -Devendra Banhart

“Bloom sounds like a woman who has spent years in the wilderness... An earthy, unpretentious presence, she can snap a heart like a twig” -Pitchfork

Will Veeder


After years (decade+) of fronting (and leading) the Americana/psych outfit Hinkley, Will is going on his own, with his brand of finger-picking acoustic (and sometimes electric) guitar work. In the vein of Fahey, Basho, and Rose, with psychedelic leanings similar to Six Organs of Admittance / Ben Chasney, Will conjures up empty rooms and barren landscapes. 

Joe Sorriero


Joe is the front man of the amazing outsider/VU-esque rock outfit Nod (Smells Like Records, etc). Solo, Joe deconstructs the song into its various pieces, and tapes it back together with his form of weirdo charm, side glances, and off-kilter energy, pushing the song up-front for everyone to really see.