Julie Odell. Photo by Rush Jagoe

Folk singer Julie Odell to perform two shows at Marigny Opera House

Singer-songwriter Julie Odell is performing two shows on June 7 at the Marigny Opera House.

Odell began performing while still living in Ruston, LA in 2000. While in Ruston, Odell learned how to write on an old piano. Eventually, she moved to New Orleans, becoming a prominent figure in the local music and arts communities.

Specializing in the folk genre, Odell’s poetic and melodic style can be heard on her 2017 singles “Cardinal Feather” and “Strange Endangered Bird.” Her style has been described as dynamic, alternating between bombastic highs and subtle lows.  

For the performance, Odell will be joined by a collection of extremely talented musicians from across the South, whom she has dubbed a “tiny orchestra.” The band will consist of Helen Gillet playing the cello, Cassandra Watson on harp, Tif Lamson on marimba and back-up vocals, Meredith Law and Rosemary Minasian also on back-up vocals, Chad Viator playing lead guitar, Jenna McSwain on grand piano, Ben Polcer on trumpet, Jonathan Arceneaux playing drums and Kenny Murphy playing bass.

Odell’s performances will be filmed and recorded live and feature a set she’s built “with several arches to symbolize transition, walking through and becoming new, supporting heavy burdens.” The shows will offer guests an opportunity to hear Odell’s upcoming Fall album live, months in advance.

There will be one performance at 5 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m., with the doors scheduled to open 30 minutes before each performance. A $20 donation is expected: cash, card and check are accepted at the door, but the donation is not required for attendance. Seating at the Marigny Opera House is first come, first serve. The venue is located at 725 Saint Ferdinand St.

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