Photos and review courtesy of Emily May | November 11 2018
Owen Ashworth, better known by his stage name Advance Base, is a musician out of Chicago, IL. Having opened in the past for The Postal Service, Pedro The Lion, The Mountain Goats, Stephin Merritt and Mark Kozelek, he brought his electronic solo project to Louisville, KY.
His performance this evening was at a local record store, Surface Noise, which provided a cozy and intimate setting for the Ashworth's performance. With an impressive array of gear set up, including electric pianos, autoharps, loops, pedals, and a drum machine, he performed his minimalist and nostalgic songs for the small crowd that had gathered. With folding chairs set up on the floor in front of the "stage", many of the guests sat with a few standing amongst the stacks of records.
The crowd was quiet and respectful as he played, their rapt attention fueling his performance. Record store performances are always a great way to check out different artists that you may not otherwise see and provide an intimate and fun atmosphere in which to listen!