On Thursday, January 11 local musicians Mikayla Braun and Kathryn Rose Wood will celebrate the departure of their shared guitarist, Steve Panacek, in a one-night only performance as the Braun-Wood Band.
The musical pair will showcase original tracks in duet form with a full band backing them. Braun and Wood have debuted their newest solo albums Synapse and In the Ashes, respectively, earlier this year.
While both musicians have been revered for their solo capabilities, Braun and Wood each have a plethora of projects behind them. Braun is the bandleader of her own soul and pop-based quartet. She is also a vocalist for The Crooked Vines, a funk-rock band that has been well received by New Orleans audiences. Wood, meanwhile, has made recent rounds as founder of the Music for Mental Health Benefit Concert series and performer in the fall 2017 ribbon-cutting ceremony for Prospect New Orleans’ Composition 21 by installation and performance artist Naama Tsabar.
The artists first began performing together in Spring 2016. While a full-fledged partnership did not initially appear to be their intention, their natural camaraderie seemed to resonate with audience members, prompting the women to continue their alliance on a larger scale. The joining thread is Steve Panacek. A proficient guitarist, Panacek has been playing in each artist’s band for several years and appears on the songwriters’ latest solo albums. Although he is leaving his New Orleans home in February for exciting professional opportunities his absence will definitely be missed by Braun and Wood, and the duo is looking forward to performing with their band mate one final time.
The concert is held at Gasa Gasa and is open to ages 18 and older. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available here.