Camp Saint Helene / Ongoing

by The Avalon Lounge
Camp Saint Helene / Ongoing
Fri, 01 Oct 2021 EDT
08:30PM - 11:00PM (EDT)
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The Avalon Lounge
29 Church St
Catskill, NY 12414
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Camp Saint Helene's Mother is spellbinding - a word that seems particularly appropriate considering the album teems with a distinctly mystical, magick-with-a-k energy. Elizabeth Ibarra's stunning vocals sound almost ritualistic at time, developing from soft and prayer-like at moments to a powerful chant - and even a cathartic full-throated shout on tracks like "Milk and Honey." The instrumentation is similarly diverse and hypnotic, with moments of church organ and sitar reinforcing the religious-fever-dream vibe of the record, and heavy bass throughout keeping the whole thing grounded and cohesive. It's a beautifully thought out and skillfully produced album.” 

- MK, Radio Woodstock

Dylan Nowik, of Steady Sun, and vocalist Liza Ibarra began Camp Saint Helene shortly after moving to the Catskill Mountains. Their studio, where they did most of their writing, is located on the site of a former Christian summer camp-turned-arts-colony, which has informed much of their artistic process. Their sound lies somewhere within a shimmer of hope and a hint of doom. 

Nowik and Ibarra teamed up with Alex P. Wernquest (drums) and Wesley Harper (bass and keys), to record their first album to 8-track, ½” tape, at Basement Floods Records in Catskill, New York. Their debut record, Mother, was released on September 27th, 2019 .


Ongoing is a new project by Hudson Valley singer-songwriter Katie Jones. The band features drummer Adam Netsky (Maybird), multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Braden Bodensteiner and Jon Hudack on bass. The name "Ongoing" is inspired by Donna Haraway's notion of "staying with the trouble'' or chaos, and the record can be understood as a series of trips and journeys, dipping into the collective unconscious and moving through trauma. The songs blend the folk tradition of storytelling with experimental arrangements and lush psychedelic soundscapes. The basic tracks of the recent album were recorded live in a farmhouse in Saugerties, just weeks before stay at home orders were put in place in NY.  During lockdown the group passed tracks back and forth over email to finish the recordings, allowing for a slower ferment and unexpected sonic turns. The result blends the raw sound of 70s cosmic country with contemporary electronic flourishes, giving each song its own world while maintaining the cohesive sound of friends playing music together.