by Mike Breen
Folk/Rock/Pop singer/songwriter Catie Curtis performs tonight at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Clifton Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Working out of Boston, the Maine native was discovered while performing a New York's Bottom Line club and scored a deal with EMI/Guardian Records, which re-released her album Truth from Lies in the mid-’90s (after a few self-released efforts). With exposure through TV show placements and, most importantly, a dedication to touring that has put her in front of the audiences of fans like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dar Williams and Patty Griffin, Curtis' own dedicated fan base has continued to grow. (She may have friends in high places, too, after getting invited to play at The White House in 2010 and 2011.) The most recent effort by Curtis was last year's Stretch Limousine on Fire, put out by Compass Records and featuring guests vocals from Lisa Loeb and her pal Carpenter (who has appeared on other albums with Curtis). Stretch Limousine was (mostly) warmly received by both critics and fans. Curtis writes on her website that she just got back from a family trip to Guatemala. She is married to partner Liz Marshall, with whom she is raising two daughters. Curtis has been a fighter for marriage equality, even becoming ordained so that she could officiate weddings. (She'll even sing a couple of songs! If you're interested in Curtis' services, send a note to Celebrations@CatieCurtis.com.) Tickets are $15 for Curtis' show tonight in Clifton. Here's Curtis and her wife's video made for the "It Gets Better" grassroots online campaign, followed by Curtis doing a Death Cab for Cutie cover.• Regional Jam Band road dogs Ultraviolet Hippopotamus perform tonight at The Mad Frog in Corryville with guests Arpetrio. Here's what CityBeat's Brian Baker had to say about the independent band's latest release: "Square Pegs Round Holes weaves together a diverse assortment of sonic elements, showing influence from Southern Jam masters like Widespread Panic and Northern provocateurs like Phish, with flecks of Starcastle and early Kansas Prog Pop, Bruce Hornsby’s Dead-tinged Jazz/Pop, sweeping Fusion in the Jan Hammer/Jeff Beck mold and Electronica that nods in the direction of Sound Tribe Sector 9. UVHippo’s brilliance is in using sounds and styles as reference points without resorting to mere influence peddling and name-dropping." Read more here and check out an interview with and live performance from the band below.