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Vol. 23, No. 2


Astra Kelly Goes “Back to Ten”

September 2015
Astra Kelly

Astra Kelly


On Astra Kelly’s seventh independent record release, “Back to Ten,” she returns to her acoustic roots and the heart of where her musical passions lie: lyrics, melody and stories of living. The album, features the contributions of ten local artists, including: Gayle Skidmore, Jeff Berkley, Carissa Schroeder, Cathryn Beeks, Trent Hancock, Podunk Nowhere, Matt Davies, Marta Z., Simeon Flick and Josie LaValle.

Engineer, Josh Mallit, co-produced the album over the last year and a half at Rarefied Recording in North Park. Guest artists were given just acoustic guitar and vocal tracks and invited to add their own unique stylings to a song. Many of the tracks are co-writes. Some are sparse and others feature a full band, such as Jeff Berkley’s track, where he lends his guitar, bass, percussion, banjo and vocal skills. The album release concert will feel like a mini-music festival and feature appearances during Astra’s set as well as opening sets from some of the guest artists.


Friday, September 18th, 2015 — 5:30-9:30pm
Supporting acts: Gayle Skidmore, Jeff Berkley, Podunk Nowhere,

Simeon Flick, Cathryn Beeks, Matt Davies and Rock and Roll San Diego students.

Bella Vista Social Club and Caffe
Cover: Suggested Donation $15 (includes parking)
2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive La Jolla, CA. 92037  858-534-9624

Bella Vista offers a sprawling patio with a fantastic view of the glider port and the ocean sunset. Food, craft beer and wine available for purchase.

– Limited seating, bring camp chairs and/or blankets –
Sponsors: Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe, Rock and Roll San Diego, Gigtown, Listen Local SD, Dcompress and more….

MusiCares is an organization that provides financial assistance and other
support to working musicians. They helped me through a rough time as I was
just starting to write the music for this record and I would like to give back.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to MusiCares” – Astra

Chicago native Astra Kelly is a pure talent with a lyric-based, melodic sound and soaring vocals. Her performances are passionate, full of energy, and a powerful expression of her art and sound. Eclectic in style and genre, her original music draws from her soulful Chicago roots fused with folk rock and Americana. She’s toured the country extensively and released six records on her own label.

Upon landing in San Diego, Astra immersed herself in the San Diego music scene. She launched and DJ’d the Homegrown Hour on KPRI, her music video was showcased in the SD Film Festival and she received five SD music award nominations. She’s managed both Studio West and Capricorn recording studios. She performs like crazy, writes and produces music for other artists, and is a vocal/songwriting coach at Rock and Roll San Diego. She’s one of those rare artists that have managed to carve out a formidable career in the industry while staying purely true to her art.

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