Though she moved her critically acclaimed Rock band Heartless Bastards from Cincinnati to Austin, Texas years ago, Erika Wennerstrom has continued to bring her music projects back to the Queen City on a regular basis.
That has included tour dates in support of her fantastic debut solo album, Sweet Unknown, which was released this spring on Partisan Records and showcased a different side of the singer/songwriter’s musical personality. The solo effort is simultaneously rootsier and more expansive and textural than Wennerstrom’s work with the Bastards, reminiscent of the unique ethereality Daniel Lanois helps conjure when working with Americana-oriented artists (a Wennerstrom/Lanois collaboration would be beyond spellbinding).
Sweet Unknown has received a wide array of great press since its release, including from Rolling Stone, which called it “a spacious, starlit collection that showcases her wail over sprawling Americana."
Pre- and post-release, Wennerstrom has performed at area venues from the Woodward Theater to The Lodge to The Listing Loon, and this weekend she returns to play the Ludlow Garage for the first time, backed by the excellent band she appeared with at the inaugural Bellwether Music Festival back in August. Cincinnati Indie Rock supergroup Static Falls (featuring members of bands like The Sweep, The Tigerlilies, Culture Queer and Ohio Knife) opens Wennerstrom’s latest homecoming gig.
Friday (Oct. 5) evening at 7 p.m., Wennerstrom will perform a solo set at Northside's Shake It Records, where tickets for Saturday's show can be purchased.