Ken’s Music Pick: Anna Haas at Mercury Lounge
Songwriter/Pianist Anna Haas makes it clear that she is inspired by and passionately loyal to both her hometown of Nashville and her adopted hometown of New York City. And it’s true that her compositions display the sweetness, storytelling and southern charm of Nashville, but also the spit, grit and danger of NYC.
Her debut album “Crazy Is,” has the proud vocals of a Carol King or Sara Bareilles, with the musical daring of Ben Folds or Mika. She peppers her songs with unexpected breaks, horn lines and chants, then ties them all together with a lot of soul.
It’s hard to say who to expect in her supporting band at her Mercury show this weekend, but it’s easy to praise who she’s got playing on “Crazy Is.” They’re outstanding. Great musicians all – including Haas, herself. She’s a real talent on the piano, and her voice packs a punch. You can check out her slick video for “Maypole” here.
Anna Hass plays the Mercury Lounge Sun, May 20, 7pm
$10 advance // $12 day of show // 217 East Houston Street.
Splitting his time between performing and producing, contributor Ken Beasley primarily plays with his own roots/rock band, Ken Beasley & Co., as well as the power punk outfit,Missy Sport, while also curating the Underground at the Abrons music series on the Lower East Side.