ode boutique

June 2015

Artist Interview

The Dire Honeys

June 12, 2015



The Dire Honeys return to Ode! Like petticoats hiked up in a torrential rain, Mia Valentini and Vanessa Curby are not afraid of a little dirt. In fact, it's essential to their sweetness. The Dire Honeys play with a nod to Americana folk and blues, whilst adding their own wink and twang. Mandolin, banjo, flute, and fiddle...these ladies don't mess around. Their songs go right to the heart of things and run deep and strong. Like roots do.

What has been your best concert experience…and what did you wear to it?
M: Pokey La Farge, Green River Festival, I wore a navy jumper with white trim. I don't remember the shoes.
V: We played at the MFA in Boston, it was outside in a beautiful courtyard...and I wore a denim dress that made me feel like I was Anne Oakley  traversing the Oregon Trail. 

                    
Would you rather a world with zombies or a world without music?
M: Zombies would f?<>@ suck.
V: Zombies for sure... Actually the first song I ever wrote in high school was a song about The Night of the Living Dead... Excellent inspiration Zombies.

Fringe or flowers? Defend your answer.
M: Flowers, you can eat them if you get hungry.
V: Can't do it... I chose Roger Daltrey in a flower crown. 


                                                                       Vanessa, veiled.                               

If you could play an instrument that would replicate any one sound in the world,
what sound would it make?

M: The deep bass of a bullfrog (singing the blues).
V: The sound of true love and star shine and maybe unicorn laughter... Sounds like a billboard chart topper.


                                                          Lock up your sons...Mia is here.

What’s the name of your three-day festival?
M: Lock Up Your Sons
V: Honey Honey Honey: 3 days of sugar, sun and song

What’s the first line of the last song you played?
M: "Boy you say I'm crazy."
V:  "You can change your mind listen."

                     
                                                  The Dire Honeys, unedited

Artist Interview

The Kuhns

June 11, 2015



John and Noah Kuhn (father and son, respectively) have literally built Ode. John, Co-Founder and Senior Architect at Kuhn Riddle Architects, was the mastermind behind the entire physical design of Ode: exposed brick, big windows, high ceilings, and the spacious dressing rooms wherein the magic happens. Noah, President of PilotMade Web Development, built Ode's beautiful (if we do say so ourselves) website. The talent doesn't stop there. The Kuhns, builders and dreamers, also happen to be musical connoisseurs (co-creators of Burnmix, the elite online music club) AND musicians with a knack for harmony and ear for the subtle intricacies of sound. They will be performing at Ode with The Dire Honeys on Friday, June 12, 6-8pm. 

What has been your best concert experience…and what did you wear to it?
N: Could be Woodstock ’94, I don’t remember what I was wearing, but I know it was covered with mud. My dad held up a fence to sneak us in…
J: A place/venue, not a specific concert – Café au Go Go on Bleeker Street in NYC in the late 60s – saw groups like Grateful Dead, Country Joe & the Fish, Moby Grape and Blood Sweat and Tears there.  Closed in 1969.  Fillmore East would run a close second. Bellbottoms.


John and wife, Jeanie. Though not confirmed, John was most likely wearing bellbottoms at this time.

Would you rather a world with zombies or a world without music?
N: Zombies.
J: Zombies – definitely.

Fringe or flowers? Defend your answer.
N: Probably flowers, I don’t think I could pull off fringe…
J: Fringe.  See bellbottoms above.

If you could play an instrument that would replicate any one sound in the world, what sound would it make?
N: See above, a guitar specifically tuned to a frequency that would explode a zombie’s head.
J: Ocean waves crashing.

"This photo puts things in perspective for me when I feel life is tough. I’ve got it so easy..." -Noah Kuhn

What’s the name of your three-day festival?
N: This probably exists, but “Smoke on the Water".
J: Odestock.


Noah fishing, or "Smoke on the Water" 

What’s the first line of the last song you played?
N: “Just forget I ever said."
J: “You can get too old for the highway, but still be too young for the grave.”