Chris Pureka

Majestic Live Presents

Chris Pureka

Eliza Hanson

Wed. May 24, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 ADV // $18 DOS

This event is 18 and over

+$3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door - waived with student ID

Chris Pureka
Chris Pureka
“Dynamic, breathy vocals a la Chan Marshall.”
– Magnet

“…summoning the spirits of Gillian Welch’s ‘Revelator’ or Ryan Adams’ ‘Heartbreaker”.

It’s rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement. Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of her life in song has long appealed to those listeners who crave authenticity. Now, five years coming, she shares with us another powerful entry in her life’s work, her sixth release, the aptly titled, Back in the Ring.

Chris’s elegant emotionality as a vocalist, and her flair and immediacy as a lyricist have garnered her favorable comparisons to Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, and Patty Griffin. She’s earned accolades from such distinguished taste-making outlets as The New York Times, Paste, Magnet,, and The AllMusic Guide. She’s shared the stage with such diverse and esteemed artists as Dar Williams, The Lumineers, The Cowboy Junkies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Martin Sexton, and Ani DiFranco. Along the way, Chris has remained fiercely independent, selling nearly 50,000 albums through her own label, Sad Rabbit Records.

Chris’s journey in music mirrors her path toward self-discovery. At 16, writing songs became a way of journaling. “I was shy and introverted, and songwriting was a very personal process. I never had any intention of performing,” she shares. Post high school, she went on to complete a biology degree at Wesleyan University, and afterwards, worked in a microbiology research lab at Smith College. Meanwhile, she established a music career parallel to her biology work through touring and issuing a clutch of well-received indie releases. In 2006, when Chris found herself turning down too many opportunities as a musician, she shifted her priorities to become a full-time artist.

Her latest album, Back in the Ring, is Chris’s first studio full length since 2010’s critically acclaimed How I Learned to See in the Dark. “I’m not interested in releasing songs I can’t get behind or records I don’t love,” she says of the five-year span between albums. The title of her latest playfully suggests something of an artistic comeback, but it also references the album’s themes of relationship conflict and making the decision to fight back against dark inner demons.

“My music is the outward expression of the work I’m doing internally. What I do comes from my experiences, and I strive to express these experiences authentically. Speaking my truth, and being myself, is the way that I connect with people,” Chris confides. Her rise as an esteemed artist with captivating emotional integrity has been organic and always on her own terms. For someone who never had an intention of being a professional musician, it’s been a life of far-reaching changes and unexpected rewards.
Eliza Hanson
Eliza Hanson
Eliza Hanson knows how to smooth out life’s ups and downs by covering them with melody and charm. Her vulnerability in processing the understandings of her life through song has attracted those listeners who crave authenticity. At 22, Eliza has been very fortunate to enjoy acclaimed success around the Milwaukee area playing stages such as Milwaukee PrideFest (Miller Lite Main Stage), Riverwest Public House, Club Garibaldi, Bremen Cafe, Circle A, among many other local venues. A celebration of everything we love, about the singer songwriter genre, with a voice and style reminiscent of Chris Pureka and Janis Ian but pleasantly set to a landscape of modern trials and tribulations. Eliza has just finished recording her first EP “Any Day Now”, which combines the honesty of a traditional singer/songwriter, mixed with an indie folk flare to project a style all her own. With a mind overflowing with genuine song ideas, and a musical heart eager with enthusiasm and grit; she has been hard at work in 2017 striving to attain further success as an artist. It is this ambition for betterment, which has lead to her early success as a performer, whom, alongside a steadily growing fan base is beginning to take her first major steps on a long musical journey; which she hopes to share with you.
Venue Information:
The Frequency
121 W. Main Street
Madison, WI, 53703