The boot-thumping vocals and guitar melodies of Chelsea D.E. Johnson combine with poet Jillian Christmas’ lyrics for a hard driving show at Island Style Creative Studio.

East-Van duo brings their Hard Love tour to town

Janis Joplin plus Tracy Chapman, Kurt Cobain and Joni Mitchell equals Chelsea D.E Johnson

Chelsea D.E. Johnson & Jillian Christmas is a lyrically driven, East-Van collaboration that is appearing tonight at Island Style Creative Studio (#2-938 Island Highway).

The duo combines the succulent spoken word and writhing rhythms of poet Jillian Christmas with the boot thumping vocals and guitar melodies of singer Chelsea D. E. Johnson.

Top that with savage accordion lines, heartbreaking harmonies and a few other secret ingredients and these ladies are sure to weave their way into the marrow of your bones. Playing the Islands for their second time together, their Hard Love tour comes on the heels of their first live CD with their sister project The Maladies (a subject of which these ladies are all too familiar), their sound is resonating and will fill you up in your most quiet spaces, while still leaving you wanting for more.

Janis Joplin plus Tracy Chapman, Kurt Cobain and Joni Mitchell equals Chelsea D.E Johnson.

Doors open for this all-ages show at 7 p.m. for a suggested 10-20$ donation at the door.