Area musician to perform on ‘Letterman’

By Natalie Lariccia

Boardman native Anthony LaMarca has struck another chord in his music career.

The multitalented musician and New York City area resident recently joined the band St. Vincent, which will make a national appearance Wednesday as the musical guest on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Led by front woman Annie Clark, St. Vincent is an indie-rock band that blends the sounds of driving guitar riffs against a whimsical and orchestral backdrop that combines the flute, violin, saxophone and keyboards. LaMarca, 22, is St. Vincent’s drummer.

Playing music with a national act is nothing new for the 2005 Boardman graduate.

LaMarca most recently served as the drummer of Dean and Brtitta, a folk indie-rock band created by husband-and-wife team Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips.

LaMarca landed the St. Vincent gig through connections he had made through Dean and Britta.

LaMarca said he was both flattered and excited about his new venture. Since Clark is a younger artist who is trying to build her career, playing with St. Vincent gives him an opportunity to work directly with other influential musicians who are in the midst of launching their careers.

“It’s been great so far. The whole band. Everyone is a great musician, and everyone enjoys the same music,” Anthony said during a recent phone interview.

St. Vincent is currently on its United States tour and will launch its European tour July 1. Another U.S. tour will begin in October.

In addition to his work with St. Vincent, LaMarca remains busy playing with another band, Calendonia Mission, a musical venture he shares with his brother, Angelo LaMarca; his girlfriend, Megan Sears; and Andrew Carlson, all Boardman High graduates.

Calendonia Mission was recently selected to participate on a compact disc compilation for the spring 2009 issue of Esopus, a biannual specialty magazine that highlights art and literature. Dean and Britta recommended Calendonia Mission to be a part of the project.

Each Esopus issue has a certain theme, and the spring issue focused on a black and white theme. Calendonia Mission created the song “The Ballad of Blaze Tracy” for the compilation.

Inspired by the 1916 black-and-white film “Hells Hinges,” “The Ballad of Blaze Tracy” is a slow, thought-provoking ballad with earnest, moving lyrics.

Although the bright lights and hustle and bustle of New York City has its appeal and offers opportunities to make vital career connections, the LaMarca brothers and Sears said Youngstown will always be home.

Angelo LaMarca, a 2002 Boardman graduate, recently relocated back to Youngstown, and Anthony and Sears say they someday hope to return to the area. Sears, who plays cello with Caledonia Mission and recently graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York City, lives in the New York City area.

Plans are not concrete, but Anthony and Angelo LaMarca and Sears said they would like to start a recording studio in Youngstown and help foster further growth with the Mahoning Valley’s arts and entertainment community.

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