Schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (vocals, fiddle, cello, bass/guitar) combine their extensive string music background with bold grooves that inspire rock-n-roll hip swagger. Their edgy pop sensibility elegantly stretches the boundaries of what indie-folk can be. Their newest album, BITTER BETTER, was released on July 17, 2020 on Compass Records and the band is just back from supporting The Mountain Goats on their extended August 2021 US tour. Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards throw out the rulebook, creating a beautifully vivid, musically unexpected canvas from their refreshingly unconventional perspective.
“Processed and organic ingredients tend not to mix well in sandwiches or songs, but there’s a thoroughly likable lilt to the digital-analog mix that is “Bitter Better.” These 11 indie folk mashups are a seamless blend of synthesizers and string music.”—Associated Press
“Bitter Better, the new album from indie-folk outfit Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, was always going to be steeped in a sense of joyous, defiant survival from challenging experiences. And it was intended to make people want to dance.” —Strings Magazine (cover story)
“Atop exceptional production, Cortese offers a calming and cinematic voice that recalls the introspective stance of Aldous Harding and Big Thief.” —Glide Magazine
7pm doors – 8pm show | $14 adv. – $18 day of
OLS Covid-19 Protocols:
We are very excited to begin hosting live music shows again in our listening room. OLS is committed to providing a safe environment for all who work, listen, or perform live music in our venue. Because our venue is so small, we will require all staff, volunteers, performers, and patrons to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 when they attend OLS events AND to wear masks indoors unless they are actively drinking, eating, or performing.
Proof of vaccine must come directly from the health care provider that performed the vaccination and can be a photo or physical copy of the vaccination card or record with an accompanying photo ID. Full vaccination means that the date of the performance you are attending is:
* at least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or
* at least 14 days after your single dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose COVID vaccine.
We hope we can ease these restrictions once further progress has been made reducing transmission of the virus. Until then we greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation.