Misner & Smith //Rainbow Girls

2019 is here and DLMC is back with a special event guaranteed to please. We are proud to present a special double bill showcasing ascendant Bay Area performers Rainbow Girls and Davis’ very own Americana favorites Misner & Smith, playing with their full band. Please join DLMC as we kick off another year of bringing the best live music to Davis on Saturday, March 16th at the Veterans Memorial Theatre, 203 East 14th Street, Davis, CA. Doors will open at 7pm. Tickets are available online and at Armadillo Music downtown.

Misner and Smith band photo
Misner & Smith full band

Misner & Smith’s music is a combination of soaring vocal harmonies, extremely tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band’s sound harkens back to the bedrock of American rock & folk, but the diversity of styles and genres are one of the things that set M&S apart. They can shake the walls like a freight train and then quiet the room to a whisper in a single song. With two singers who could easily lead a band independently, Sam and Megan sing with one voice, with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. The band’s musical dexterity and vocal prowess packs a punch that will linger with you for a long time to come. Recently, the duo’s sound has expanded with the addition of two stellar musicians, Josh Yenne (pedal steel and electric guitar), and Joe Shotwell (drums). The music takes on an even more lush and ethereal depth, stretching at times into the realm of experimentation and improvisation, highlighting the group’s impressive musical talents.

Misner & Smith’s vocal blend, lyrical potency, and diverse songwriting make this duo one of the most unique and loved bands around. The award-winning original songs range from folk to rock to Americana to country, but essentially are something all their own, defined by the stories that each song tells. Misner & Smith create an extraordinarily full sound for only two people, and tour extensively both in the U.S. and overseas. Headlining regularly at venues such as the Freight & Salvage, and the Palms Playhouse, they have also appeared at The Kate Wolf Music Festival, San Francisco Folk Festival, and can be heard on radio dials all over the world. They recently celebrated 15 years of making music together; a decade and a half that has produced five albums, including their most recent release, Headwaters.

Rainbow Girls band photo
Rainbow Girls

Rainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north of California’s Bay Area. Comprised of three unique musical talents – Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey – they seamlessly combine soul-touching harmonies, varitextured instrumentals, and poignant lyrical content into an unusually beautiful sonic tapestry. Pairing their voices with an ever-changing amalgamation of acoustic and slide guitar, keys, upright bass, voice, harmonica, and an array of more unexpected vocal techniques like beat-boxing and mouth trumpet, they create engaging and emotionally moving live performances.

Their music delves deeply into themes of the human experience: hopeful love, honest self-reflection, and pursuits of social justice. Their latest album, “American Dream,” crystallizes these ideas in acoustic amber, encapsulating a beautiful new direction for their evolving sound.

Originally formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2010, the Rainbow Girls have spread their musical wings both internationally and domestically, from busking on the streets of Europe to playing pubs and theaters in the UK, to house concerts, festivals, and shows in the US.  Rainbow Girls have also gained recognition on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series and KQED’s “The California