Becca Mancari

DSP Shows

Becca Mancari

Workman Song

Sun · September 15, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Gateway City Arts

Holyoke, MA

$12.00 - $15.00

This is a general admission seated show.

The Bistro at Gateway City Arts will be serving a special event menu with counter service (no reservations) until 10pm on show nights. For information regarding The Bistro, please call 413-650-0786. For information regarding the venue or show, please call 413-650-2670

Becca Mancari
Becca Mancari
Becca Mancari is rewriting the rules.

Born in Staten Island, New York, to an Italian-Irish preacher and a Puerto Rican mother, Mancari has lived a life of transition - from working as a janitor in South Florida, to writing songs with train hoppers in the Blue Ridge Mountains and seeking spirituality in India. But it was her time in Virginia and Nashville where she found roots where she could evolve personally and musically to a seasoned artist beyond her years.

Her anticipated debut album, Good Woman, is hauntingly lonesome, with dustcloud swells of electric guitar and don't-look-back lyrics revealing scenes from Mancari’s well-travelled story. Since her music is the landscape of all she's seen, Good Woman evokes the sound of city grit and the mountain music of her youth, swirling into a fresh, nostalgic sound.

In reference to her evolving sound, Mancari explains that on Good Woman, “We played with atmospheric tones and textures, with a lot of space-like reverb, to create a sort of soundscape.” It's these planetary frontiers, along with the powerful fragility in her voice, that make Mancari's music stand beyond easy categorizations.

Perhaps more striking than Mancari’s sound is the tender honesty and vulnerability present in each of her songs. Ann Powers describes Mancari’s writing as "lyrical and raw," commenting on the "great personality in her songs." Her strong sense of self enables her to be a spokeswoman to the outcast and the misfit, helping her redefine the categories that so often divide people.

As a gay woman in the south, she has had to face her own set of divisions and has fought hard to reconcile her spiritual beliefs with her sexuality. Though she’s faced her own struggles, she has only emerged stronger: When Mancari sings, she shines with charisma and compassion. She walks the line between the masculine and the feminine, and it is this spirit that is paving a new path in music today.

After two years of touring worldwide, a new record is soon to be finished. The new album focuses on themes of forgiveness and acceptance while remaining light and exhilarating. Zac Farro, from HalfNoise and Paramore, is producing the record, adding a rhythmic depth to Becca’s storytelling.
Workman Song
Workman Song
Workman Song has all of the hallmarks of the well-kept secret, it’s just that the secret has been getting out. At the center of this peculiar labor of love is prodigious singer-songwriter Sean McMahon, his soul-stirring voice and his storytelling: a dialogue with friends, lovers, and God which forms a prolific body of work spanning the intimately folksy to the oddly psychedelic, drawing lines between Dylan, Bowie, Buckley, and the Dead. A native of Western Massachusetts, McMahon founded the project in Brooklyn in 2013 as a vehicle for his vision, an earnest, multi-faceted world of creative sub-plots, characters, and special guests. McMahon at turns embodies the plaintive troubadour, soul laid bare; Ruben Smiley, the glam rock neo-con; Ion Zelig, the avant-electro-pop biblical archaeologist; or he is one of the Brothers McMahon, the classic live lineup which prominently features his brother -- and Justin Vernon-approved organist -- Griffin McMahon and an infinite setlist that shamelessly drops hits by The Smiths, Aerosmith, and Fleetwood Mac. If the story seems convoluted, it is, and will continue to be. Such is Workman Song. As a performer, McMahon, that rare combination of vocal powerhouse and guitar hero, is a dynamic and unpredictable chameleon: a “half-ghost” with a “wraithlike presence,” a “shaman-esque leading man” with “casual…neo-psychedelic hippy swagger,” and even “that classic glam rock sex driven Robert Plant like force…with the voice of an angel and a screaming fisher cat combined.” McMahon, as Workman Song, has released 5 EP’s, 1 full-length mixtape, and has several singles on power rotation on Northeast radio. Recent festival appearances include Green River Festival, The Wild Honey Pie’s Welcome Campers, and The Outlaw Roadshow. He has shared bills with Big Thief, Margaret Glaspy, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, and even Carly Simon (“once, at a fundraiser — unexpectedly.”)
Venue Information:
Gateway City Arts
92 Race Street
Holyoke, MA, 01040
http://www.gatewaycityarts.com