Antje Duvekot w/ special guest Kayla Schureman | September 23, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Antje is the rare artist who can write about the social and the personal in the same breath. She is as understated as she is wise, and her songs go down mentally as well as soulfully. Her voice has a sound of innocence and naivete which makes razor-sharp insights into the human condition. – Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul

Antje Duvekot solidified her reputation as one of Boston’s top singer-songwriters with Big Dream Boulevard, her debut studio release. Produced by Seamus Egan, founder of the Irish super group SOLAS, the project was released on songwriter Ellis Paul’s label and quickly attracted international attention for Antje. It was voted “#1 Folk Release of 2006” by the Boston Globe and was named to the “Top 10 Releases of the Year” by NPR’s Folk Alley.

antje256antjesandiegoTwo follow-up albums, The Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer and New Siberia, were produced by Richard Shindell. In October 2016, Antje released Toward the Thunder, produced by Scott Petito and recorded at NRS studios in Woodstock. This newest album centers around themes of courage, resilience and striving for something better, and it features an impressive cast of folk royalty from Shawn Mullins to Anais Mitchell, Liz Longley, John Gorka, Martyn Joseph to Kris Delmhorst and Richard Shindell. In addition to nine originals and the traditional tune The Parting Glass, the album includes a Dar Williams cover, The Light and the Sea, from which the record title, as well as the album art, is derived.

Antje holds three of the top prizes in the singer-songwriter world: Kerrville New Folk Competition’s Best New Folk award, Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Artist and a grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. In December 2007, The Bank of America featured Duvekot’s song Merry Go Round in a national TV advertising campaign seen by millions, including a Super Bowl audience.

imgallery-2011_asia_kepka_antje_duvikot-9702Antje has extensive touring experience, criss-crossing the US and Europe many times. She is a compelling live performer and has been invited to play some of the top festivals including The Newport Folk Festival as well as the Mountain Stage, Philadelphia and Kerrville Festivals. Internationally, she’s headlined the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark.

Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice. She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret; and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community. — The Boston Globe

Opening the evening is Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Kayla Schureman. “Kiss the Ground,” the first full-length album from Kayla, is a windows-down ,whatever the weather, drive through the Americana soundscape. Subtle nods to artists like Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Jason Isbell, and Kathleen Edwards abound, but the songs are fresh, focused and pulling their own weight. At times dark and desperate, each track still glistens with the hope of the great wide open, territory that Schureman narrates and navigates with one eye on the rearview and her foot on the gas. A little bit country, and never short on rock and roll, the album tells a story that’s there and back and gone again with plenty of guitar along the way. Read about her new CD in the review by Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

The ghosts of Bakersfield and Laurel Canyon are haunting us here, for
sure. But there’s a difference between being retro and being timeless,
and what makes this collection of songs truly remarkable is their ability
to hold up outside of any era. — Sound Scene Express

Advance Tickets will be available four weeks prior to the show, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.

Ticket Prices:
Advance: $15 general, $10 student/reduced income
At Door: $20 general, $15 student/reduced income

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Michael Johnson | November 4, 2017 | 7:30 PM

A masterful guitarist who can pull off some amazing stunts with such incredible nonchalance that he doesn’t seem quite human. — Bruce Viland, Chicago Daily Tribune

Johnson’s so-cool approach to vocals and cerebral approach to lyrics are a welcome balance to the overwrought delivery of so many artists. — Billboard Magazine

gust1205-686x650A classically trained guitarist, an off-Broadway actor, an ex-member of the Chad Mitchell Trio, an artist whose credits encompass two #1 Country hits, a #1 Pop hit and a #1 R&B song. Actually, all of the above describes just one musician.  His name is Michael Johnson. He has no plans to put on a cowboy hat, affect an accent, wear one glove or be anyone but himself. Moreover, he is “The” Michael Johnson, and he has performed and lived more music and recorded more hits than you would imagine. His voice immediately identifies him as the man who sings “Bluer Than Blue,” “Give Me Wings,” “That’s That,” “This Night Won’t Last Forever” and other landmark songs. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love.

When asked what he would have you know about himself, Michael says, “Tell them that I love it.” He started playing at age thirteen and just never quit. Singing, playing, writing and recording are the only things he’s ever done, and he loves it.

michael_johnson_hires-683x1024“Tell them I play guitar.” He studied in Barcelona, and he plays on all his records with a unique and distinctive style. His playing is an important part of his show.

“I am a soloist at heart.” Michael often performs alone, and he has elevated the art. He prefers the intimacy and spontaneity of a show that can change with the moment.

“Tell them I’m a showman. I like to talk to people and I love to make them laugh. And, of course, I have to move them with the music. That’s the whole thing. Without that, there is no reason to be on stage.”

Michael’s music and concerts have taken him all over the world. He has performed many times in Spain, Japan, Holland, Switzerland, the Philippines, Alaska and elsewhere. Among the artists whom Michael is proudest to have appeared with are Judy Collins, George Carlin, Vince Gill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, John McGloughlin, Josh White Sr., Cheryl Wheeler, David Sanborn, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood, Andy Kaufman, Jennifer Warnes and many others.

What one remembers of Michael is the texture of his voice, the meaning of the lyric and the music of the guitar – singer, song and sound. And the feeling of being at home with a friend.

A dazzling guitarist and wonderfully expressive singer. No two shows are alike. — Billboard Magazine

Advance Tickets will be available four weeks prior to the show, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.

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