The Baker Family Plays Saturday Night at Cheer Up Charlies
There’s an enchantment going on here. The Baker Family will take you by the hand and lead you into the mystical domain haunted by troubled but hopeful voices, and panda bear mask in tow. Plus, spontaneous dancing, which feeds the soul.
I was lucky to experience The Baker Family live in an intimate setting, during a private music release show for Salesman just before SXSW with another fave of mine, Lord Buffalo, sharing the bill. Vocalist and synth player Liz Baker happily presented me with two of their releases, 2009′s Old Civilizations Put To the Sword and their newest, the EP WHEN THE INTERNET IS DOWN.
Liz, along with vocalist and guitarist (and the “Mr. Baker” in the family) Stuart Baker, bassist Nathan Ribner, and drummer Darryl Schomberg, are all partners in this whimsical flurry of danceable mayhem. Originally from Asheville, NC, the band now makes Austin its home. They’re an absolute delight, laying out a perfect pairing of what they refer to as indie baroque pop and folk rock, a complimentary mix of sweet and idiosyncratic melodies and harmonies.
You can check out The Baker Family at their show Saturday night at Cheer Up Charlies, 1104 E. 6th St. Looks like another winning triple bill, with The Dalles and The Sweet Nuthin’. Get there after 9 p.m. Recommended.