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Missoni Lanza & Michael Kirkpatrick

Missoni Lanza

Missoni Lanza sings of love- lost, unrequited, enchanted and cursed. Her music evokes memories of a bygone era entwined with the present. Heavily influenced by jazz, blues, soul and R&B, Missoni evokes a breath of fresh air to her music. With an impressive five-octave range, Missoni’s vocals are intimate, smoky and sultry. There are echoes of Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Sarah McLachlan, Fiona Apple, and Margo Timmins throughout. . With each performance Missoni brings a raw vulnerability that has captivated her audiences. 

All her life, Missoni has always been deeply immersed in music. She started writing poetry and lyrics in grade school and started playing the piano. At the age of fifteen, Missoni picked up the guitar and started developing her songwriting, incredibly influenced by the “gorgeous heartbreaking stories” of Elliott Smith. It wasn't till she relocated to Shreveport, LA that she started playing local coffee shops, venues and some of the local festivals. In 2006, Missoni was selected as a featured artist at the 'Chick Singer-Songwriter Showcase' at historic venue, The Bitter End in New York. After graduating High School, Missoni went on to open for artists such as Nicole Atkins, Dylan Leblanc, Rob Wasserman (Grateful Dead), Angie Mattson (In The Valley Below), Kristin Diable, Kim Carnes, Marc Broussard, Tom Scott and more.

In 2010, Missoni collaborated with Remington Rafael to release her second EP, AMORE. Remington assembled an all-start team of musicians that included: Johnny Marshall, John Adams, Jonathan Dexter, Jim Foster, Brian Piper, Dan Wojciechowski, and Andy Timmons. In 2012, one of the featured tracks from the EP, “I’ll Always Be A Stranger,” was selected as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition AND the Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition.

After the release of her EP, AMORE, Missoni relocated to California to pursue her love for jazz. For the past three years, Missoni has been traveling across the United States and Europe singing jazz. She has always had a deep respect for musicians and the conversation of music. Missoni inevitably made the decision to dig into the roots and history of jazz to grow musically as a songwriter, vocalist and artist. 

Currently, Missoni is writing for her first full-length album which will be released in 2016.

Michael Kirkpatrick

Singer. Songwriter. Folk and Rock musician. 2014 Telluride Troubadour Competition winner. Michael Kirkpatrick is a modern day minstrel. Performing over 150 dates a year, Michael sings about nature, dreams and sensuality. The original music comes to you straight from Michael's soul--unfiltered, passionate and true. Michael was recently named "Best Male Singer Songwriter" by the Fort Collins Musicians Association Peer Awards three years in a row, and his latest release "Key To My Cage" was awarded "Best Colorado Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album of 2013" by The Colorado Sound Fan Poll. His voice has been described as “deep, earnest, swoony and powerful”. Original Americana, Rock and Folk combine with Michael’s rich bass voice to define his timeless sound—imagine a Cat Stevens-Darrell Scott-David Bowie hybrid. Aside from performing as a solo artist, you can catch Michael on stage with his Folkadelic Rock band The Holler! for the whole story.

Earlier Event: December 21
Hal Merrill trio
Later Event: December 25
Merry Christmas!- Cafe is Closed