JESSE HARPER – Friday 11/12, 8pm. $20
SESSION AMERICANA – Saturday 11/13, 8pm. $20
Stoltz Listening Room – 2nd Floor, Avalon Theatre
Easton, MD 21601
Box Office: 410.822.7299
As thousands of tourists and locals crowd the streets of downtown Easton to sample culinary favorites, the arts, and all things Eastern Shore during this 40thWaterfowl Festival, the Avalon’s Stoltz Listening Room rolls out two of its most highly anticipated shows since its inception just more than a year ago.
Charlottesville’s Jesse Harper should provide plenty of soulful moments on guitar and vocals Friday evening beginning at 8pm. Tickets for the show are $20 with some seats still available via the theatre box office (410.822.7299) and online at avalontheatre.com.
A longtime member of ‘newgrass’ band Old School Freight Train, Harper steps out on his own for a second solo appearance in Easton. Those who attended the Avalon’s sold-out Josh Ritter concert this past summer were introduced to Harper – a polished singer/songwriter who quickly got the attention of 400 plus. Touring in support his first major release, Jesse Harper and His Best Intentions, Harper’s popularity amongst fans of Martin Sexton, Amos Lee and similar contemporaries continues to spread like wildfire. Sporting an affable personality that’s topped with a head full of red curly hair, Harper effortlessly weaves intelligent lyrics with memorable guitar riffs, producing a sound that could (and should) be heard on both college and commercial radio.
But don’t just take our word for it. Jesse’s debut solo release can be heard in its entirety online, FREE.
And what’s best about the SLR’s schedule for Waterfowl Festival – if you don’t have the energy or availability to attend the Jesse Harper event, you’ve got a guaranteed good time in Saturday’s Session Americana.
Also making their second visit to the Avalon, Boston’s Session Americana plan to sell-out the 60-seat venue just as they did exactly one year ago. Those in attendance for the 2009 show say it was one of, if not the best show they’ve seen in the Stoltz. These players strip music down to its roots – hovering around a mic with guitars, violin, accordion, bass, and more – belting out jams that make you feel as though you’re watching a finely-tuned rehearsal in their living room.
If you’re going to take a chance on a band you’ve never heard of, this is probably the one. Fans of Americana, folk, roots-rock, and blues will all feel at home with Session Americana’s comfortable, yet rollicking good-time collaborations. Boston press has repeatedly crowned the band “Best Live Show”, “Best Roots Band”, and “Best Americana Act” since their inception in 2005.
So after your done sipping crab soup, downing that delicious oyster po’boy, and taking in all the culture and natural beauty that Waterfowl Festival has to offer, warm up in the Stoltz Listening Room while some truly wonderful entertainment do what they do best.