VALERIE ORTH - www.valerieorth.com Described as "sexy, soulful, genuine, and edgy" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and an "indie folk powerhouse" by Bend's Source Weekly, Valerie Orth is a fearless and genre-bending songwriter. Her distinctive hybrid of rock, ska, punk, folk and trip-hop reaches out and grabs your attention; her live performances captivate and charm at once. Rock Subculture reviewed Valerie's performance when she opened for Shawn Colvin in January, 2013, saying Valerie "is definitely one of the most impressive supporting acts I've seen in some time, and is one of those artists who have the ability to going from being an unknown to you and turning you into a fan." Bringing an even bigger sound is Orth's new live band, with Veronika Safarova on bass, Daniel Gould on drums, and Nathan Rosenberg on keys, all singing both gorgeous and haunting harmonies. Rich with melody and metaphor, Orth's tunes move nimbly between darkness and light, hope and despair, taking deft turns of phrase along unforeseen rhythmic twists in the road. With gorgeous, multi-octave vocals and no fear of heights, she flirts with the edge as readily as she subverts expectations. "Unpredictable and highly original," writes the Jefferson Agrarian. "Just when you think she's going to settle into a familiar groove, off she flies into the stratosphere with phrasings you never saw coming." Orth's dynamic range as a performer is made all the more compelling by what the East Bay Express calls a "completely intuitive composition style." Influenced by artists as diverse as Ani DiFranco and Bjork, Meshell Ndegeocello and Zap Mama, Valerie understands song as revolution, whether personal or political, and as evolution, creating change within herself and the possibility for it within her listeners. "There is an honesty to Valerie's music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking," writes the San Francisco Chronicle. Check her out at www.valerieorth.com.