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Capitol Boogie Preview: Kate Bollinger at American University

November 15, 2022

The time is finally here: the end of midterms, Thanksgiving break, and CAPITOL BOOGIE! 

WVAU returns this year with Capitol Boogie on Friday, November 18th. This year’s headliner is indie-folk singer-songwriter Kate Bollinger. For the low, low price of free, you and your friends can come see some incredible music in the Tavern. Opening for her is AU’s very own alum, Meeks.

Bollinger is from Charlottesville, Virginia. She grew up surrounded by music, with her mom’s occupation as a musical therapist and her brothers who hopped from local band to band. Bollinger says much of her musical journey began with the desire to follow her family’s footsteps, feeling drawn to art and music rather than forced to pursue it. Bollinger studied at the University of Virginia, balancing music with a cinematography degree. At 16, she put her first songs out on SoundCloud. Since then, she has worked with producer and classmate John Trainum. The two carefully craft Bollinger’s sound—a unique mix of folk, pop, and jazz—that cumulate into enticing records.

Bollinger’s music showcases intricate and thought-out melodies and lyrics. Her earliest release on Spotify is the single ‘Dreams Before’, put out in 2018. Her debut EP, I Don’t Wanna Lose, came out in 2019. “Candy”, the second song off of I Don’t Wanna Lose, gained Bollinger recognition as it was sampled on Kanye West’s Donda.  Since then, her following and discography has grown considerably. In 2020, she released her second EP, A word becomes a sound, and her most recent EP, Look at in the Light, was released in April 2022. Look at in the Light marked the start of her career under label Ghostly International, with her previous music being recorded, produced, and released all by herself with the help of friends. Bollinger had a clear vision when creating this EP– which dives into aspects of her life that she wanted to become more in touch with. It takes inspiration from the Beatles and other sounds of the 60s, along with some poignant jazz influence.

This January, Bollinger is set to begin her solo tour—the Planes and Trains Tour— with headline shows across the UK, as well as stops in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. This follows her headline US 2022 tour that took place across the West Coast. Bollinger holds incredible tour credits having opened for Faye Webster on her ‘I know I’m Funny haha’ Tour and Real Estate on their 2021 tour.

Opening for Kate Bollinger is Meeks, DC local singer-songwriter and WVAU alum Mieke Shuman. Meeks’ debut EP, Public Displays of Reflection, was released in June 2022. 

Come see both of these incredible artists on Friday, November 18th at the Tavern in the Mary Graydon Center. Doors open at 7:30pm with Meeks at 8pm and Kate Bollinger at 9pm. The show is free for all students with an AU ID. RSVP on Engage.

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