White Dress, who apparently played their final show a few days ago, was a band from Austin led by vocalist Arum Rae Valkonen. Most of the time she was joined by Grant Van Amburgh on the drums, and Basin Alders on guitar and everything else. The group got off to a quick start in 2009 - playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival in only their fourth gig ever - filling in for Terri Hendrix. In their short and relatively under-the-radar career, White Dress shared the stage with the likes of Dan Auerbach and Theophilus London, and was invited on tour with Gary Clark Jr.
Though it seems she is done creating and performing music under the name White Dress, I doubt this is the last we hear of Arum Rae. I imagine she has a few things cooking that we will find out about soon.
Late last month White Dress was invited to join Laurie Gallardo and company's Good Music Club, a live concert taping and web video series featuring up-and-coming bands from Austin, TX. Currently, the videos are debuted each week on KUT radio’s website and the Austin Chronicle’s Earache! music blog. The series of videos is available for viewing at vimeo.com/thegoodmusicclub.
Photos by Geoff L. Johnson