Empyrean welcomes Atlantaís Angie Aparo
Weíre giving the nod for Pick of the Issue, our opinion of the best show in Spokane over the next couple weeks, to the return of Angie Aparo, who will be playing at the recently re-opened Empyrean Coffee House on Friday, January 12th. With a slate of top-notch local singer/songwriters set to open the show, and Aparoís attention-grabbing, headlining performance to close it out, this evening should mark a fitting resurgence for the Empyrean as the biggest show held at the venue in months.
Angie Aparo, an indie rock force with some serious country roots, is in the midst of his most ambitious musical project to date. Starting last spring, Aparo vowed to release a trio of CDs over the course of the next 12 months that deal with overarching themes of love and war, a project referred to, appropriately, as the Love and War Trilogy (or, if youíre a rabid Aparo fan, simply the trilogy). The second of these three releases was made available on December 1st, and included the fantastic Killing for Jesus, amongst other tracks of similar substance.
While his songwriting stings with pertinence and his mixture of electronic rock fused into something more akin to pop-friendly alt-country is immediately striking, itís his voice that first grabs your attention. And it never really lets go. Heís simply got an obvious, raw talent thatís impossible to deny, which is especially helpful when you leave your band behind to play a tour full of solo gigs with nothing more than a guitar by your side.
While his name suggests the effeminate, Angie Aparo actually looks like a cross between Howie Mendell and the lead singer from Live, assuming that person was trained in at least two forms of martial arts. With a cool name, harsh look and surprisingly tender voice to back him up, heís making definite headway in the music business. Most recently, heís been brought on board to co-write songs for American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, and has gathered some stellar musicians to back him up in his ongoing collective known as The Infidels. All things told, itís looking more and more likely that Aparo will have to perform in a much larger venue the next time he swings through town.
Local singer/songwriters Wayne Patrick, Dave Hannon and Matt Russell will get the evening going with all solo acoustic performances. Deservedly, each of them is well-known on the local circuit, and they should provide an appropriately relaxed yet engaging introduction to a show that is sure to offer those qualities all night long.
This all-ages concert will start at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6. Tickets are $10, available at the door. The Empyrean Coffee House can be found at 154 S. Madison Street in downtown(ish) Spokane. For more information, check out www.spokanesidekick.com, which keeps an updated list of upcoming shows at the Empyrean (along with the majority of other live music venues in Spokane), including cross-referenced links to all performers. Check it out; itís super helpful.