Indie folk duo performs Saturday

By The Curry Coastal Pilot April 09, 2013 09:41 pm

Brian Daste and Emma Hill will be performing in concert Saturday, April 13, in Harbor. Submitted photo
Brian Daste and Emma Hill will be performing in concert Saturday, April 13, in Harbor. Submitted photo
Nationally-touring musicians Emma Hill and Brian Daste will bring their unique indie-tinged American/folk music to Brookings on Saturday, April 13, as part of Stagelights 2013 Concert Series.

The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Harbor Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or the Curry Coastal Pilot, 507 Chetco Ave. The theater is located at 97900 Shopping Center Ave. 

Singer/songwriter Hill, along with musical partner and pedal steel guitar player Daste, will perform their brand of intimate Americana with an indie edge. The duo recently launched a tour to support their latest CD  “The Black and Wretched Blue.” 

The CD, according to Hill’s website, is  filled with confessional songs of heartbreak, love and loss, and showcases her penchant for homey alt-folk and countrified sounds. Hill’s honeyed voice and confident delivery is often compared to artists such as She & Him, Whiskeytown, and Linda Ronstadt. 

“Emma Hill is not afraid to sing. In fact, her voice’s countrified richness, delicate inflections and fear-no-range transitions make it easy to imagine that’s all she ever does, said music critic Amy McCullough of the Willamette Weekly.

In a recent cover story, The Anchorage Press called Daste “the David Rawlings to Emma Hill’s Gillian Welch.”

Videos of Hill and Daste performing can be found at or

Stagelights Musical Arts Community ( is a Brookings-based nonprofit organization dedicated to music outreach, education and concerts.

Spaghetti before concert

Stagelights encourages people to attend a spaghetti dinner fundraiser prior to the concert to help raise money for the Brookings Harbor Community Theater.

The dinner is scheduled for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Chetco Grange Community Center, located on the corner of Highway 101 and Zimmerman Way in Harbor. The dinner prices are $6 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Children younger than five eat free.