CROSS-POLLINATION CLXXXIII - TUES MAR 18TH - 7:30-10 PM
PEARL AND THE BEARD
MIEKA PAULEY

Pearl and the Beard formed in September of 2007 in a little town called Brooklyn, which sits quaintly upon the shores of New York. It was kismet that brought its two members Jocelyn Mackenzie and Jeremy Styles together in a local watering hole, where they vented frustrations with the solo artist scene over some loudmouth soup. After finding they were both insane enough to put their eggs into one proverbial basket, they decided to musically elope, abandoning any hopes of living normal, quiet lives waiting for arthritis to course through their once musically-infused bones and dust to collect on their vocal chords.

And so, with food in their pockets and money in their bellies, they sat down to play. Jeremy’s robust guitar chords were peanut butter to Jocelyn’s melodic and lyrical jelly. Their voices climbed and plummeted gracefully side by side and ploughed through the crystal air like cannon balls. Jeff Buckley and Johnny Cash were brought back from the dead and Neko Case served them red wine.

As every great journey begins with a single step, so Pearl and the Beard then began on their trek by self-producing their first EP “At Home with Pearl and the Beard.” Literally recording at home and sampling such household items as benches, keys, hampers, stairs, and the washing machine, the two managed to create a sound born from honesty, familiarity, nostalgia, crackling firewood, and honey.

From there, this nascent duo pledged to spread forth their music unremittingly amongst the magnitude, relentlessly booking shows in the Great City in which they were conceived, and now branching out to surrounding areas in hopes of sharing their unencumbered aural offspring with as many souls as will listen.

And now we pray that you too may lend your ears to our songs, and that they bring to you as much delight and satisfaction as creating them has brought to us.

Mieka Pauley was born in Boston and raised in Kentucky, Colorado and South Florida. School brought her back to Boston where she makes her home. She started singing as a child and studied classical voice and piano. In high school she sang in alt rock garage bands and Motown funk bands and in jazz, classical and church choirs. In high school she taught herself guitar on an uncle's old acoustic, then cut her teeth in college playing on the street corners of Harvard Square. Her immediate ability to captivate audiences quickly made her a favorite of Boston's best clubs including the Paradise Lounge, House of Blues, Club Passim, and Kendall Caf.. - next at New York's renowned Bitter End, Living Room, Makor, Knitting Factory and Village Underground - and then at the best clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., North, South, East and West.

She graduated early from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Biological Anthropology and went out that same summer and won the BMI/Rock Boat Song Contest, took top three honors at the famed Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Competition, and hit the road solo full-time. By 2003 she was invited to perform at four of the top music festivals in the country - The Newport Folk Festival, On The Bricks in Atlanta, Dancin' In The District in Nashville, and a return trip to The Rock Boat - and she made her UK debut. 2004 included the month-long Citizen Cope Northeast Tour, the first ever BMI/NACA See It Hear First showcase, a shared bill with Eric Clapton at Boston's Tweeter Center, and the top award at the prestigious Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase. In 2005 she was nominated for a Boston Music Award, won the first ever Starbucks Emerging Artist Award, and recorded a new EP with producer John Alagia. In 2006 she was nominated for two Boston Music Awards, made her acclaimed SXSW debut, and had her first independently released radio single added into regular rotation at Top 10 Market Tastemaker Station WBOS.

She has appeared on the road with Eric Clapton, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Ben Kweller, John Hiatt, Citizen Cope, Blues Traveler, Martin Sexton, Mindy Smith, Jason Mraz, Edwin McCain, Shawn Mullins, Edie Brickell, Talib Kweli, Ben Lee, and Erin McKeown among many others. Northeast Performer calls her "a version of Sarah McLachlan with a switchblade in her shoe," The Boston Globe "like Aretha in the husky vocal turns," and The Cornerstone Player "the next meaningful female voice of her generation."

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CROSS-POLLINATION CLXXXIII ::: Tuesday, MAR 18TH
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - PEARL AND THE BEARD | myspace.com/pearlandthebeard
8:45 - MIEKA PAULEY | myspace.com/mieka
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft PEARL AND THE BEARD & MIEKA PAULEY!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero