The expansive Numerica PAC stage is turned into an intimate, energetic, black box concert experience – featuring Ivan & Alyosha.
Seattle-based five-piece rock combo Ivan & Alyosha are finally complete, having organically grown from the original duo of Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary, adding Tim’s brother Pete and Tim Kim, then drummer Cole Mauro as a full-time member for their sophomore Dualtone Records album, It’s All Just Pretend. Their critically praised debut album, All the Times We Had was a perennial on several NPR tastemaker stations with an iTunes “Song of the Week” for “Running for Cover.” Paste called their music “luscious, enjoyable folk-pop” and NPR Music praised their “Beatles-esque pop harmonies and sweet melodies,” while Rolling Stone raved about their “smooth, soaring guitar pop” and American Songwriter said the band “achieve a polished west coast soul-folk sound that draws on the poppier sensibilities of McCartney songwriting.”
The band, which originally took its name from two characters in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, has developed into a three-headed songwriting beast. “There has to be honesty,” says Tim. “Lyrically and thematically, our songs connect with people, no matter what they believe. We hopefully provide some sort of light, whenever – and wherever – they listen to them.” Carbary’s aching, self-lacerating songs explore harsh truths about relationships and domesticity with an eye towards traditional roots rock, evoking the piano balladry of Paul McCartney (“Tears In Your Eyes”), a bluesy four-on-the-floor shuffle punctuated with poppy “Penny Lane” horns (“Oh This Love”) and a country gospel lament about relationships – one with a fellow human, the other a higher spiritual power — featuring his own twangy slide guitar (“Drifting Away”).
On It’s All Just Pretend, Ivan & Alyosha continue to make timeless music that shows that rock and domestic bliss can indeed co-exist, as they overcome any obstacles by the sheer joy of their roles — not only as performers, but brothers, husbands, fathers and sons.
Tickets to each show are general admission, standing room. VIP Tables include a reserved table for four.
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