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Words and Photos: Babehoven / Rachel Cion / Flora at Farewell

Babehoven. Photo by Aaron Rhodes.
Date: April 14, 2022

Farewell - Kansas City, MO


Hudson, New York indie folk act Babehoven just returned home after traveling America for a over a month. The tour came on the heels of their latest Double Double Whammy release, Sunk, and included stops at SXSW and Treefort Music Fest. I was contacted roughly halfway into this tour to help put together a last-minute Kansas City show before its Chicago endpoint and I'm more than glad it got to happen. The trio, led by singer-songwriter/guitarist Maya Bon, achieved dynamics others fall short of -- pleasant but engaging, unique but relatable -- for over half an hour. Though clearly wiped out from a lengthy drive before the penultimate stop of their adventure, Babehoven still delivered.

Rachel Cion closed the evening out with a set that included material ranging from her high school days to a song she had completed just that afternoon. As per usual, Rachel cordially dispensed her tunes with charming introductions and performed them with inimitable candor. It also seemed that she alone drew about half of the evening's crowd by herself.

Lawrence singer-songwriter Flora was accompanied by her father Dan Billen playing guitar for an opening set that showcased songs from last year's Keep Calling EP and her upcoming Emerald City LP. Without the backing of a full band, Flora's music occasionally took on a more melancholic energy than on the recordings, perhaps due to the increased focus placed on the sturdy lyricism of the Billen family's latest pop endeavor. Babehoven's Maya Bon later remarked at how she was honored to share the stage with them.


[This show was booked and presented by Shuttlecock.]


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