McKenna Bray & Zach Pietrini w/ Brad Lee Curtis
Friday, October 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
McKenna Bray, Memphis based singer-songwriter, is known for her authentic songwriting and sweet yet powerful voice. Bray has created a world of her own that blends her love for traditional roots music and modern day pop music. Her voice has been compared to the “rich alto of Ronstadt, with the same unaffected, straightforward delivery that can enliven lyrics with a disarming edge.” (Alex Greene, Memphis Flyer). She has had the opportunity of performing with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, opening up for the American Authors, and performing alongside Mo Pitney & Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers. Bray is now collaborating with Milwaukee based singer-songwriter, Zach Pietrini. The two have a 5 song EP titled “Modern Love” set to release later this Summer.
Zach Pietrini’s Midwestern, indie-americana songwriting aesthetic is the sonic embodiment of a well-worn denim jacket. At the forefront of the Americana resurgence, the band takes its cues from Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and David Ramirez, reinterpreting and rejuvenating American roots styles through a contemporary lens. Pietrini came up on the Chicago music scene before moving to Milwaukee, where he honed his signature “foot-tapping and pensive steel-guitar-driven” style (Milwaukee Magazine). The band has also toured prolifically throughout the United States, including opening for Huey Lewis and the News and playing SXSW. Pietrini’s dynamic live performances are intimate, yet high-energy, and his laid-back stage presence brings a very Wisconsin sense of sincerity to his shows.