8pm Doors / 9pm Show
$10 / All Ages
Tonina (St. Louis)
Tonina is an independent singer/songwriter, bassist, music journalist and poet from St. Louis, Missouri who performs her original music along with her arrangements of covers in both Spanish and English. Tonina comes from a family of music lovers that exposed her to many music styles, from funk, soul, and jazz to classical music. She was born in San Diego, California but raised in St. Louis, Missouri from black and Sicilian backgrounds. All these components have given her an unparalleled musical scope playing many different genres yet making each her own. Her sense of rhythm, melody, and her extraordinary voice and song interpretation, make her performances a thrilling experience for all listeners.
In October of 2016, Tonina travelled to Spain to perform at the National Auditorium of Madrid. She also performed her first showcase in March, 2017 at the Ellas Crean music festival in Madrid and shortly graduated from Berklee College of Music earning two degrees. Tonina had a big year in 2018. She opened for Grammy-Award winning artist, Lalah Hathaway in St. Louis, travelled to perform at the Catania Jazz Festival in Sicily, and was named one of NPR’s favorite new artists of 2018 and then listed as one of NPR’s top 10 artists of 2018. Her interpretation of “Historia de un Amor” was placed on former president Barack Obama’s top songs list of 2018. She now performs solo and with her quartet in St. Louis and around the world.
Mesonjixx is Mary Elizabeth jo Dixon Pelenaise Kapiolani Lawson. Her mother is from the South Pacific Islands and her father is from the South (Alabama). In essence her music style pulls from and is inspired by her hybrid-heritage. She first started writing songs while living in Chicago and working with an eclectic jazz collective over the course of four years. Mesonjixx now lives in Omaha, Nebraska and often performs her songs live with quartet, trio, or duet. Currently their set features new songs written over the last two years and has sonically taken on a refreshing new direction since debut EP, ‘In The Middle’.
Accompanied by: Nate Asad on keys (band director/leader), John Evans on drums, Myles Jasnowski on guitar, and Jacob Sorensen on bass -- their performances are sure to liberate your spine and mind.