Refuge Journal 45

Oct 19 2018

The Head and the Heart were here last week recording and finishing songs for their new album, which they began in Joshua Tree, California and decided to move the project to us. The band started in 2009, branched off into different cities in 2014, and told us that when they got here they had been thinking about parting ways again, but that their experience at the Refuge really brought them back together as a band.

Notable awards include being named “Seattle’s Best New Band” in March 2011 by Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, their self-titled 2011 album becoming one of Sub Pop Records’ best-selling debut releases ever, with the album reaching the Billboard 200 Album Charts at #110 and the record staying on the chart for 10 weeks. In 2013 their second album Let’s Be Still reached #10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The band has not only headlined many of their own shows, but has also opened for names like Vampire Weekend, Dr. Dog, and Dave Matthews among others. Their songs have been featured in multiple television programs including How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, The Good Doctor, and in the theatrical trailer of the movie Silver Linings Playbook.

Thank you to Honeytone Music for outfitting our halls with their incredible mobile magic, and for these photos.

Co-founder Cory Chisel is teaching a class at Lawrence University! He held class in our building this week, so that the students could learn about our organization and see what it’s like for a band to record here. They also got to meet our friends The Head and the Heart and hear one of their new songs being recorded for their forthcoming album.

Last Friday we hosted our first Friends & Family Music Series show with Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers, Dorota Ulvang, Arum Rae, Adriel Denae, and the Sleepwalkers. It was an incredible evening that our supporters and Lawrence students came back for. If you’re able to support our community and foundation, these Friends & Family nights are yours to enjoy. In culinary partnership with Chris Mangless of Green Bay’s Three Three Five, you’re not gonna believe what we have in store for you next! We’d also like to thank Honeytone Music for capturing the sounds in full, and Kim Thiel for these photos.

J.S. Ondara

Artist in Residence

Our former Artist in Residence, J.S. Ondara, has just released another music video! Jay was originally from Nairobi, Kenya and came to us from Minnesota last year. He stayed with us for about a year, and now comes back to visit between tours. A lot of this video was created here, is filled with Refuge Artists in Residence past and present, and was created by Artist in Residence Oliver Franklin Anderson.

J.S. Ondara tells NPR Music that “the video follows a man, as he sets upon a journey to purchase a weapon. While on his way, we get a glimpse of the world around him through his eyes, which gives us some insight into his state of mind. Ultimately, the video explores the turbulent times in the country, socially and politically, thereby throwing a shade of irony to the popular notion of ‘The American Dream.'”

This song along with 10 others will be on J.S. Ondara’s debut album Tales of America coming in February 2019. Read more in the NPR article here.