St. Paul de Vence is a dynamic group of multi-instrumentalists, each an artist in their own right, who weave together their talents with a natural ease and joy reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash. The rising stars in the local indie scene come to City Hall plaza, 600 Fourth Ave., for a free, all-ages performance, 12 to 1:30 p.m., July 25, as part of the Seattle Presents free summer concert series. Seattle Presents features eight consecutive weeks of free concerts on Thursdays at City Hall, July through August.
The group draws upon a number of songs written by band member Benjamin Doerr about his grandfather’s early life fighting with the Free French Forces in WWII. With great sincerity they bring forth a sound that grows directly out of who they are. Upon a story of youth, war, love and life that sits close to Doerr was built an artistic structure that continues to drive this group to new creative places. Don Yates of KEXP says of St. Paul de Vence, “The band’s dynamic, acoustic-oriented sound includes guitars, accordion, ukulele, autoharp, banjo, mandolin, assorted percussion and more, fleshing out well-crafted songs with warm, soulful harmonies and occasional anthemic choruses.”
Seattle Presents concerts are presented by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Metropolitan Improvement District and Triamp Group.
IMAGE: Derek Orbiso Dizon/St. Paul de Vence.