Miami duo Raffa and Rainer will bring their quirky folk to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale, a place bustling with yogis, peaceful meditation classes, and humanist causes. The show will be at the Church's Labyrinth Cafe on October 10.
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For those unfamiliar with one of South Florida's best acts, Raffa and Rainer possesses the calm beauty of a flower that's just emerged in the morning dew: uncluttered, naturally charming, and authentic. The sweet Raffa Jo Harris floats her jazzy vocals over understated acoustic guitars (her own and her partner Rainer Davies'), betraying idiosyncrasies that befit the conclusion of a Wes Anderson film, when the messiness has been cleaned up and the emotional bruises are healing. The group's lyrics traverse the moors of hopeful unlove as in "Preventative Heartache," love potential as in "Black Night," or disappearing from sight as in "Highheeled Shoes." The duo, which was featured in a 2008 New York Times article about Miami's burgeoning music scene as well as on NBC6 Miami, will perform a couple shows in Brooklyn, NY, this month, before returning home for the show. The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 3970 N.W. 21st Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $12.