In its fifth year, John Fernandes’ festival remains as charming and carefully constructed as ever, consisting of two nights of exploratory sounds in Flicker’s intimate listening room. As always, performers are hand-picked by Fernandes and range from the sweetly simplistic, like twee singer-songwriter Jake Brower, who plays Thursday, to the totally psychedelic—see Naan Violence, the Memphis-based improv sitar group, which plays the following night. Others include Atlanta composer Peter Webb, local fingerpicker Jacob Sunderlin, dark-folk standout Claire Cronin and Fernandes himself, in both a duet with son Kiran and with must-see post-pop group Lavender Holyfield.
JACOB SUNDERLIN Local musician who incorporates elements of noise, folk, ambient and drone. See Calendar Pick on p. 25.
CLAIRE CRONIN Singer and poet Cronin plays folk music that's both delicate and intense.
NAAN VIOLENCE Psychedelic sitar sounds from musician Arjun Kulharya.
LAVENDER HOLYFIELD Experimental pop project from local musician Charlie Key.