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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Adam Agee and Jon Sousa

7:30 - $20

Adam Agee and Jon Sousa are two of the Rocky Mountain Region's most sought-after traditional Irish musicians. Since 2004, they have been journeying together through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Adam and Jon have put down musical roots in County Clare, where they lived together, and now make frequent visits. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to captivate and uplift  audiences of all ages.

Adam Agee’s fiddle music is alive, dynamically fluid, and colorful. Through opportunities in America and Ireland, he has had the chance to study with many of today’s living tradition-bearers. Within the rapidly developing culture of traditional music, suffused and enriched by a global exchange of ideas, Adam’s fiddle playing is grounded in a personal, aesthetic quest. Jon Sousa fell in love with music at an early age. His passion for music has taken him all over the world, from the beautiful countryside of France to study with master fingerstyle guitar player Pierre Bensusan, to Senegal, West Africa, to study Sabar Drumming, and eventually to reside in Ireland in 2008. There he refined his skills in interpreting Irish music while earning his Master of Arts degree in Traditional Irish Music Performance at the University of Limerick. 

“Adam’s music has been familiar to me for many years... I’ve never heard him play a note that wasn’t sincere and from the heart. His music is true and free from pretense.” Martin Hayes

“Brilliantly conceived and executed debut album... creative and thoughtful combinations... seamless transitions and musical excellence...” - Rodger Hara, Celtic Connection

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri - Transylvanian Concert

7:30 - $20

Transylvanian born, NYC based pianist LUCIAN BAN and American violist and Grammy nominee MAT MANERI will present material from their award winning 2013 ECM release “Transylvanian Concert” and premier new music for a follow up album. 

When they joined up for a concert in an opera house in Targu Mures in the middle of Romania’s Transylvania region, the music was, as Jazz Times puts it, “as close as it gets to Goth jazz.” Released in 2013 by ECM Records, the Transylvanian Concert album features a program of self-penned ballads, blues, hymns and abstract improvisations, the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music, and album has won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including several Best Album of 2013 awards, and has spawned continuous touring.  

The Guardian (UK) noted  Transylvanian Concert’s “own kind of melancholy beauty and wayward exuberance”, The New York Times called it “a lovely and restive new album”, All About Jazz hailed its “moments of unanticipated beauty”,  L.A. Weekly talks about a performance that is “mesmerizing, evocative and sensually explicit” and The Village Voice calls it “is one of those records that whisk you away”. JAZZ WEEKLY talks about “A modern collection of sonatas that erase the lines between jazz and classical, a melding of sounds similar to a modern liturgy”.

Co-presented with the Romanian Cultural Institute New York 

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Dar Williams

7:30 - $35 advance, $40 day of show

Dar Williams has been called "one of America's very best singer-songwriters" by the New Yorker. She's released a dozen albums and is the author of a new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time. Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the 90s. She will be performing solo at this concert as well as reading from her book.

"Dar Williams, one of America's very best singer-songwriters... Her songs are beautiful. Some are like finely crafted short stories. They are, variously, devastatingly moving, tenderly funny, subtle without being in any way inaccessible, and utterly fresh—not a cliché or a clunker in her entire songbook."
—New Yorker

Tickets & Info at http://www.ampconcerts.org/event/292083/dar-williams

Presented by Amp Concerts in cooperation with GiG Performance Space

GiG Patreon Rewards are not offered for this concert. 

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Alejandro Escovedo

7:30 - $35 advance, $40 day of show

In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco's famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers Rank & File, to Texas-bred darlings True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992's acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine's Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two. 

Escovedo's most recent album is Burn Something Beautiful, his first solo endeavor since 2012's highly acclaimed Big Station. At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo's soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded at Portland's Type Foundry studio, the project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians, including guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (The Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case, The Flat Fie) as well as saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).

He will be performing solo at this show.  

Tickets & Info at http://www.ampconcerts.org/event/292078/alejandro-escovedo

GiG Patreon Rewards are not offered for this concert. 

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Gabrielle Louise

7:30 - $20

Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the predisposition to wanderlust and song. Her music is anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited and versatile delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. Unafraid to take a musical escapade in the name of inspiration, Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next a smoky jazz chanteuse. Louise has shared the stage with greats such as Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Joan Osborne, Eliza Gilkyson, and Guy Clark.

"One of the finest songwriters of her generation"  -David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine 

"If the Static Clears by Singer/Songwriter Gabrielle Louise is deliciously literate and thought-provoking (thus sexy) Americana"  -Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly