Betty Who

Betty Who

Pretty Sister, Spencer Ludwig

Tue, March 20, 2018

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

Fête Music Hall - Ballroom

Providence, RI

$18 advance / $20 day of show

This event is all ages

Betty Who
Betty Who
"I've always been the type of person who will tell you everything and put myself out there totally unglossed," says Betty Who. "Writing is therapeutic in that way. I want other people to be able to hear a song and say, 'That's how I felt but was too afraid to say it.' And that's the beauty of music, you can really say anything you want with a catchy hook."

Therein lies the magic of Betty Who and her explosive rise to fame last year on the strength of her breakout debut EP, 'The Movement.' Her songs exorcise vulnerabilities and weaknesses, reclaiming them as anthems of joy and independence. Lead single "Somebody Loves You" debuted at #4 on Spotify's Most Viral list, racking up more than six million streams and earning her raves from BuzzFeed and Perez Hilton to SPIN and Nylon, along with spreads in Elle (who called her "your next pop obsession"), Cosmo, and more. TIME named her one of 14 To Watch in 2014, NY Mag described her as a mix of "early Madonna...Katy Perry and Robyn, with spunk and confidence," and Billboard hailed her "shimmering tracks...and arresting pop textures."

To call the EP an unexpected triumph would be an understatement, though, especially considering it was initially released independently. The grassroots success of the music, fueled primarily by word of mouth online from a passionate fanbase and Who's undeniable charisma as a frontwoman in her ecstatic live shows, led to a deal with RCA, who released her follow-up EP, 'Slow Dancing,' which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Pop Chart. Now, as Who prepares to release her forthcoming debut LP, perform on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and join Katy Perry on tour, she finds herself a far cry away from her roots as a classical cellist growing up half a world away in Australia. "I had these dueling musical interests," says Who of her childhood. "My first tape was Britney Spears and I know every single word to 'No Strings Attached' by N Sync. But I had this cello that I started playing when I was four, and I played a lot of classical music until I was 18, so I'd be dancing in my room to 'Genie In A Bottle' and then I would go to orchestra rehearsal."

Who earned acceptance to the prestigious Interlochen Center of the Arts in Michigan, where she excelled in the rigorous classical program. On a trip to Boston during her senior year to audition for the Berklee College of Music, Who was introduced to Peter Thomas,

who would become integral to her career months later when she returned to enroll in the school. "He came to me right before he withdrew from Berklee and said we should mess around in the studio and see what happens," Who remembers. "I think from that day forward we spent almost every night at our engineer's apartment, all crammed around the computer talking about songs and what we wanted and what we didn't want. We did a lot of discovering who we were, and Peter became one of my best friends."

Though it was never their intention, the result of those late night sessions was 'The Movement' EP, and the reaction to the music confirmed that they indeed had something special on their hands. "We basically made a name for ourselves with people who were just genuine music fans," says Who. "They wanted to see the underdog succeed because I was an independent artist."

If anything, signing with RCA has only encouraged Who to double down on those endearing qualities that made her such a rising independent star in the first place. The 'Slow Dancing' EP, her second collaboration with Thomas, opens with "Heartbreak Dream," an 80?s-inspired pop masterpiece that works audiences up into a dancing frenzy live. "Alone Again" is a Prince-esque gem that poured out in just a few hours during what Who describes as a "Beyonce moment" of self-empowerment, while "Giving Me Away" is such a vulnerable, personal statement that she wasn't sure if she could ever publicly perform it. But that's what makes her Betty Who, that vulnerable musical alchemy by which she turns deep, emotional, sometimes painful moments into cathartic bursts of abandon and collective bliss. On the eve of completing her debut LP, one thing is abundantly clear: Betty Who still has a lot more magic up her sleeve.
Pretty Sister
Pretty Sister
Writer, Producer, Singer, DJ, Performer
Spencer Ludwig
Spencer Ludwig
A trumpeter, singer, producer, and dancer who rocks alligator shoes with smoking style and panache, Spencer Ludwig brings any party to life. The Los Angeles-born, half-Filipino vocalist and songwriter merges jazz virtuosity and pop style for a sound that simmers and swaggers with soul.

"My music is a calling card for the live show," he says. "Everything is inspired by a live moment. Sometimes, I want people to groove. Sometimes, I want them to bounce. Sometimes, I want them to rock out. Sometimes, I want them to cry. Sometimes, I want their jaws to drop. Each song highlights a different emotion I know, love, and want to share with the world."

Chances are, you've heard his lyrical lead trumpet soaring through the music of multiplatinum-selling indie pop act Capital Cities. Not only did he perform on their full-length debut In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, which included the chart-busting double-platinum single "Safe and Sound," but he also crisscrossed the globe with the band, opening Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour and electrifying the stage at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and more. However, his unexplainable and undeniable bond with the trumpet began back in high school....

During fourth grade, Spencer picked up the saxophone and immersed himself in the world of jazz improvisation before eventually adding French horn to his repertoire five years later. In eleventh grade, a school counselor recommended that the budding musician major in French horn in order to vie for a full scholarship to his desired college California Institute of the Arts.

However, he experienced something of a revelation in her office.

"I said, 'I'm going to play trumpet,'" Spencer recalls. "She was like, 'You're going to have to audition, and you've never played!' I was so inspired by Miles Davis at the time, and the quickest way back to jazz, improvising, and being creative was the trumpet. I borrowed a friend's trumpet, got a book, and taught myself how to play. If I didn't get in to Cal Arts, my plan B was to go to New Orleans, live on the streets, and be a happy trumpet player. Luckily, I got in six months later."

He didn't just get in; he received a full scholarship for the instrument. In order to cover the costs of housing, he tirelessly gave lessons and performed in countless acts around Los Angeles before linking up with Capital Cities. Following a whirlwind two years in the group, he returned to Los Angeles in December 2014 and commenced writing solo material that showcased both his trumpet talents and dynamic, diverse vocals.

"I approach my vocal lines the same way that I approach the trumpet," he admits. "The instrument influences everything. For me, it's a key to the soul. It's straight to the heart. I wanted to articulate myself in that. What I do is pop celebration music, but the trumpet adds an element of depth. I realized I could still incorporate that improvisation."

A handful of demos found their way into the hands of Warner Bros. Records President Dan McCarroll who personally signed Spencer as a solo artist in early 2015.

Now, the debut single "Diggy" introduces his funky, fierce, and fiery sonic strut. A trumpet wail entwines with finger-snaps before bopping along on an upbeat groove. "The trumpet mirrors the chorus," he explains. "It's a good-time song about this really confident character."

His striking falsetto immediately captivates on the smooth, slick, and seductive "Right Into U." Even though the chorus is somewhat risqué, you don't think about it that way because the tone is so lighthearted, sweet, and summery."

Co-written by RedOne [Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj] and Robin Thicke, the trumpet takes center stage on the intro of "Legs" before its builds into a bombastic ode to the lower limbs. "It's about being completely infatuated with a pair of very sexy legs," he goes on. "It works for any color, race, or orientation. It was so important for me to have a sexy song that can resonate with anyone."

Ultimately, Spencer's welcoming everyone to the party now. "I want my music to transport people to place that's only good vibes," he leaves off.

Put on your alligator shoes and get ready for the time of your life.
Venue Information:
Fête Music Hall - Ballroom
103 Dike St
Providence, RI, 02909