Recently returned from a European tour, San Francisco-based musician Kacey Johansing will bring her soulful, honeyed voice to the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley Saturday as part of the ongoing Discover Series at the Center for the Arts.
“Gorgeous acoustic pop” is how San Francisco nonprofit independent music project The Bay Bridged describes Johansing’s brand of fearless, experimental folk music.
Johansing creates songs with meandering melodies, lush harmonies and moody aural landscapes. In her songs, she weaves together elements of folk, jazz, pop and classical music.
Collaboration is a fundamental part of Johansing’s creative process. She has been a member of San Francisco groups Geographer and Honeycomb and is a current member of the experimental folk duo Yesway.
She has shared the stage and contributed to projects with Northern California talents: Tune-Yards, Sean Hayes, Mirah and Thao Nguyen and has collaborated with French filmmaker Vincent Moon. She supported Kings of Convenience during a European tour.
Johansing’s latest release and sophomore LP, “Grand Ghosts,” evokes the wilderness of the California coastline that she now calls home and the isolated mountain towns in Colorado where she grew up. Sonically and thematically darker than her debut album, “Many Seasons” (2010), “Grand Ghosts” grapples with loss, paying homage to loved ones who passed during the making of the record.
Opening the show is singer/songwriter Keith Dailey. Dailey is a born-and-raised Nevada County musician. He has been writing original material for more than a decade. This will be his debut performance performing his songs to a public audience. Dailey will open with a few solo acoustic numbers and then be joined by his band, including former and current bass players of The Soft Bombs — John Simpson on bass and Ryan Sheridan on drums.
Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. Saturday concert are $8 for members of the Center and $10 for non-members and are available at the Center’s Box Office or at BriarPatch Co-op.
The Off Center Stage is located at 315 Richardson St.
For information, go to http://thecenterforthearts.org.