Concerts

Official Grown-Up Colleen Green Comes to Gramps This Sunday


Sometimes, if you're lucky, you get exactly what you wish for. In the case of indie rocker Colleen Green, homegirl is getting just what she wanted.

In her latest LP, I Want to Grow Up, Green reflects on the millennial struggle of being broke and single and, well, growing up.

"In pop music in general, there's a focus on youth," the 30-year-old Santa Monica-based artist told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. "That's great, I get it — it's all just a theme, but I don't want to take things for granted, and I see a lot of my peers actively trying to not grow up."

That may be the case for a lot of her peers, but Green seems to own this whole adulthood thing like a boss.

Since the release of her second album on Seattle's Hardly Art record label — her first production recorded in a studio with a live band, including Jake Orrall from JEFF the Brotherhood on guitar and Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch on drums — the singer has traveled the globe, performing across the States and Europe.

Gigs aside, she was featured in the aforementioned L.A. Times piece and has received solid reviews from Pitchfork, Spin, and even Rolling Stone. But this Sunday, Green will take her talents to the 305 and show the kids at Gramps that growing up isn't so bad after all.

I Want to Grow Up may have placed Green at the forefront of independent music, but the singer has definitely put in her fair share of blood, sweat, and tears to get there.

Originally from Dunstable, Massachusetts, Green moved to Northern California in 2008 to live with her brother. Six months after her cross-country trek, the singer was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an incurable neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness and fatigue.

It was a diagnosis that caused her to concentrate on her health. She stopped drinking and partying and began to focus on her songs.

Though it's a stretch to say music saved her life, it surely helped her make a living, one of the many responsibilities that arise in adulthood — something Green noticed has changed throughout the decades.

"In the past, you would just get married," she told the Times. "That's what humans do. You get married, you have kids, and no one questioned it. Now, among women, it's questioned." And that is the premise of I Want to Grow Up.

These days, Green is still navigating the foreign world of adulthood, but she's doing it on her terms.

Colleen Green with Bearings and Hypoluxo. 9 p.m. Sunday, August 16, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission costs $5. Ages 18 and up.


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Laurie Charles
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