Quinn and Meklit play Arcade Fire

Check out Porto Franco’s new video of local hit-makers Quinn DeVeaux and Meklit Hadero covering the Arcade Fire! Didn’t know what to expect with this pairing of a classic rhythm and blues man and a folky world music songstress. The result sure is purdy:

Any requests? I’ll put in Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love, especially after the Hold Steady recently butchered it.

Meklit Hadero

Mission-based, Ethiopian-born, singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero‘s new video for “Leaving Soon” debuted yesterday:

Between this and her recent NPR appearance, Meklit has been kicking ass lately. Her new album will be released on Porto Franco on April 10. Stay tuned for a record release party in the area. I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy and not only is the music fantastic and excellently produced, it features an all-star cast musicians that I see kicking around the Mission scene. In many ways, it serves as a culmination of those talents that I feel grateful for here every day.

I don’t know Meklit personally but that’s not because we haven’t run into each other. She stays closely involved the local arts and music scene through her performance space the Red Poppy Art House and is one of those intimidatingly talented and multi-faceted people that makes you immediately want to run home to re-think your life.