Published on August 1st, 2014 | by Daniel Rahe


Join us for a backyard concert with Josiah Johnson & Spirits of the Red City (Wed. Aug 6)

On Wednesday, August 6th, Post Defiance is hosting a special backyard concert at a lovely spot near the top of the N. 30th Street hill. Josiah Johnson, one of the vocal and songwriting forces behind Sub Pop’s hitmaking The Head and The Heart, will make a rare solo appearance, and he will be joined by an incomparable band called Spirits of the Red City.

The show will be at a home located at 3221 N. 29th Street. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets here, or at the door for a suggested donation of $10 per person. Festivities begin at 7pm.

Both acts have a history in Tacoma. The last time Josiah was here, The Head and The Heart played a stirring set in the now-defunct Graffiti Garages. Spirits have been here numerous times, courtesy of our friends at The Warehouse, most recently playing Urban Grace on a cluttered ticket that they easily overshadowed with their live rendition of the odd and beautiful new record, “Jula.”

You can check out some of Josiah’s recent solo work here.

And why not watch this video of Spirits’ song “Halfway Poem”?

You can also catch Spirits of the Red City at the Doe Bay music festival.

“(Spirits of the Red City) plays with the airy intimacy and elegance of a minimalist duo, with wistful themes and relatively spare orchestrations: a simple cello line, a gently strummed guitar or a lonely fiddle. Spirits of the Red City singer Will Garrison has a whiskey-soaked voice that’s a little weary but full of honesty and passion.” – National Public Radio

“What The Head and the Heart excel at, in spite of so many indie-folk contemporaries, is a fine grasp of ballads that don’t come across as hokey, just heartfelt… Songwriting of this caliber has generally been relegated to the uber-prolific, hit-or-miss oeuvre of artists like Ryan Adams, and the songwriting of Russell and Johnson isn’t too far off. It’s essentially their awareness of the pop element of what they’re putting out that makes these songs so great to listen to. They seem built to withstand pretty much any shift in the whims of the fickle pop culture landscape, and that’s almost certainly not an accident.” – Paste Magazine

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Founder of Post Defiance, Dan is a father, surveyor, writer, and runner.

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