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Mestizo Coffee House showcases new artists, March 22, 2014

Talented performers at Mestizo Coffee - 1 Ice Hotel
Talented performers at Mestizo Coffee - 1 Ice Hotel
Martin Willcocks

Acoustic live music concert

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Several Provo artists were showcased in the intimate setting of the Gallery at Mestizo Coffee House, Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The headliner, Coin in the Sea, is an indie folk outfit based out of Provo, UT, with a new five song EP titled "Flint and Steel." They were preceded by a duo, Ice Hotel, who cite Elbow, Coldplay, Muse, Radiohead, and Phil Collins as influences and describe themselves as an indie rock band based in Provo, UT, and by the attractive and highly talented solo singer/songwriter Valerie Larsen, who recently appeared on Studio #5Alive, a Salt Lake City based Internet TV station that broadcasts a weekly showcase of local artists. Valerie is based in Murray, UT.

Coin in the Sea at Mestizo Coffee Gallery
Coin in the Sea at Mestizo Coffee Gallery
Martin Willcocks

The opening duo comprises cousins Steve Newman and Mike McClellan, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists with a new album to be released shortly titled Arrows. On this evening they performed with guitars for accompaniment, and sang some five songs including "Easy," about how life is not easy. The band also features the talented award-winning drummer Val Sepulveda.

Valerie Larsen followed with some outstanding indie folk/pop songs which were delivered effortlessly, accompanied by her guitar and keyboard. They included one titled "The People you Know." She cites as influences John Mayer, Sting, Regina Spector, Ingrid Michaelson, Edgar Meyer, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Jonie Mitchell, and Imogen Heap.

The main act, Coin in the Sea, featured several songs from their EP. The full band comprises John Goodman, Eliza Smith, Will Johnson, Brennan Tolman and Alina Geslison, but for this performance only three band members performed, with an upright string bass and a guitar. They call themselves a concept band, and featured their song "Love Again" from the EP.

All in all, the evening's performances were well received by a small but enthusiastic audience in this intimate venue, which also features several varieties of coffee and sandwiches.