Kate Vargas & Eric McFadden of Sgt. Splendor

Show Date: July 12, 2024 @ 9 pm

Price: $15 advance
$15 door

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Kate Vargas

The New Mexico-raised, NYC-based artist is building ever more mindfully on her sound, and the music press is taking notice, Vargas receiving praise from a variety of respected outlets including Billboard, NPR, Noisey, and the Huffington Post, the latter assessing, “There is an unlimited amount of potential in this superstar on the rise.”

Vargas has packed houses from Ireland’s Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival to The Troubadour in London, The Mansion on O Street in Washington D.C. to New York’s Bowery Electric. Featuring her singular folk-style storytelling, Vargas’ songs are grounded in a darkly melodic, reverb-washed sonic palette of dream-pop, dusty folk and junkyard blues, all carried by rough-hewn vocals and guitar playing. In equal measure, she channels a surprising array of artists, from Tom Waits, Fiona Apple, and

16 Horsepower to Lana Del Rey and K. Flay.


– SPIN / “a sterling effort that allows for her distinctive gravelly voice to shine alongside her blend of melodic folk and blues.”

– NPR / “raggedly delicate vocals and the kind of sonic landscape that conjures other worlds.”

– Rolling Stone / “Kate Vargas’ ‘Glorieta to the Holy Place’ creaks and sighs with otherworldly atmosphere”

– American Songwriter / “this year’s most unconventionally intoxicating and intricate album.”


Eric McFadden

Hailing from the crossroads of the Southwest and the heart of New Mexico, Eric McFadden has crafted a rare and enticing brand of high desert blues and gritty, flamenco-infused rock that leaves listeners spellbound. McFadden’s sound has not only charmed audiences all over the world, countless musicians have been taken by his inimitable playing and musicianship, with McFadden receiving invitations to tour with the likes of funk legend George Clinton, The Animals’ Eric Burdon, and New Orleans sweethearts Anders Osborne and Tab Benoit. Right from the moment Joe Strummer spotted him in San Francisco, nicknamed him ‘Lightning,’ and gave him a gig opening for Strummer & The Mescaleros, Eric McFadden has claimed his place amongst the greats.

Drawing from his multifarious musical experiences and influences, Eric McFadden has developed his own unique and meaningful voice as a songwriter and 2024 will be hearing much more of that voice. Honing in on a sound that’s a rousing mix of Jack White, Django Reinhardt, and Jimi Hendrix, we can expect to witness McFadden as we never have before – as a wild talent harnessing his power, as a man settling into his skin. This is the year for Eric McFadden and every music lover should be watching out and taking notes.

Some of Eric’s other collaborations include: Bo Diddley, Nels Cline (Wilco), Les Claypool (Primus), Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, Fantastic Negrito, Jesse Hughes, Jackson Browne, The Coup, North Mississippi Allstars, Widespread Panic, Dwarves, Samantha Fish, Bernie Worrell, Kate Vargas, Mike Watt, Living Colour, Ron Wood, Chuck Leavel and Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones)


– Rolling Stone / “the master of gypsy blues voodoo”

– Guitar Player / “The virtuoso multi-instrumentalist explains how he wowed George Clinton and scored a bunk on the P-Funk bus.”

– IndiePulse Music / “McFadden is one of the most talented people I have heard.”

– Music Connection /  “A feisty combination of talent and sheer musical energy”

Far more than an extraordinary guitarist, Eric McFadden is, to put it bluntly, an experience…an awesome performance for those who respect dynamic originality.

Vargas and McFadden released their collaborative debut under the moniker, Sgt Splendor, in June 2022 on Terminus Records. The album is entitled, Occasions for Self-Congratulations, and features Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) on bass, and Paulo Baldi (CAKE, Les Claypool) on drums.

Their sophomore release “Death Of The Hoochie Koo”  was released May 19th, 2023 on Buena Vista West Records.