Natalie’s is proud to present Ari Hest, along with special guest David Berkeley, for a special early Monday night concert not to be missed.
On his latest release ‘Shouts and Whispers’, singer-songwriter Ari Hest creates a non-typical collection of tracks that ultimately form a cohesive narrative. With songs of sadness and resignation giving way to lucidity and catharsis, Hest’s introspection and intelligence are on display, creating moments of magic within his poetic, spare lyrics and backing them up with his ear for haunting melodies.
Hest has released seven albums, three EPs, and is half of the folk pop duo The Open Sea, along with longtime friend Rosi Golan. His music has been featured on numerous television shows including Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. Recently, Ari’s song “The Landlord” appeared in an episode of NPR’s “All Things Considered”. He’s also scored a film called ‘Dreamriders,’ which won several independent film awards. He has toured worldwide to support his records, and built the kind of loyal fan base any musician would envy.
David Berkeley has amassed a dedicated and widespread following and has been called “a musical poet” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Critics praise Berkeley’s carefully crafted philosophic lyrics and soulful baritone, which at one moment resonates richly only to swoop into a fragile falsetto in the next.
Berkeley’s latest achievement is a set of interwoven stories offered in his second book, The Free Brontosaurus, and a batch of accompanying songs on his sixth studio album, Cardboard Boat. The stories are masterfully intertwined, characters meet in each other’s stories, and the songs on the album are sung from the perspective of each story’s main character. The releases are a rare compliment to each other, but with a degree in literature from Harvard, over a decade of touring under his belt and a stage show that melds profound songs and hilarious anecdotes, Berkeley is uniquely positioned to be able to pull off such an ambitious project.