Thursday, Apr 13, 2017
(Doors open at 8:00 PM)
Door Time:8:00 PM
All ages admitted
Ryan Montbleau:Ryan Montbleau has been touring as both a band leader and solo act continuously throughout the U.S. since 2003. A gifted and award winning songwriter and vocalist, Montbleau has developed a deep bond to a fanbase that stretches from coast to coast. His latest release Stages: Volume III celebrates 18 career-spanning Montbleau tunes recorded live and solo acoustic over a three-night run at Club Passim in 2015. Ryan has found a home in the jam band world as much as the folk world throughout his career, able to draw the listener in with soul-gripping lyrics just as well as he can shake a room with a stellar band. He is a native of Massachusetts and lives somewhere between there and the road. Montbleau has performed in 46 U.S. States as well as abroad and will perform at Carnegie Hall in March of 2017.
Whether alone with just the guitar and his voice or surrounded by a full band, Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing, and soulfully transcendent voice. Artists across the board have discovered Jacobs’ musicianship and supple versatility, resulting in an impressive variety of formats in which he has played over the last few years. After a decade, five records, and 200 shows a year as principal songwriter and frontman for beloved Baltimore-based band The Bridge from 2001-2011, Jacobs wasted no time continuing to write music of his own and exploring different configurations for his craft. He released his debut solo album, Songs for Cats and Dogs, in 2012, and continued to perform relentlessly, both with his new band and as a solo artist. In doing so, he quickly garnered the admiration of a variety of predecessors and peers: rock legend Steve Winwood saw Jacobs perform in 2014 and soon invited him to open his national tour. The following year, Sturgill Simpson extended the same invitation. Never limited by genre, Jacobs and New Orleans heavyweight Ivan Neville recorded a collaborative album under the band name “Neville Jacobs”, which will be released in 2017. As an adapting, evolving, versatile musician who has survived on his own merit, Jacobs continues to win over audiences of many tastes, as he brings his characteristic authenticity and soul to every set.
Jacobs feels there are common threads across many genres of music, and he has harnessed over a decade of trans-genre exploration on his second solo album, Dust to Gold, released in 2016, from American Showplace Music. The album is a soul-stirring expression of the current chapter of his creative evolution, featuring twelve well-crafted songs that masterfully weave through the sweet and rugged landscape of soul, country, folk, blues, gospel, and rock and roll. Through every turn, one can easily feel Jacobs’ reverence to his influences, but the result is an original, eclectic record with a sound that is authentically his. In a given moment, Jacobs’ guitar playing is gritty, soulful, rich, and lyrical. It’s subtle, yet adventurous. His voice is at once sweet and sultry, with a honeyed whiskey croon that delivers his thoughtful, expressive lyrics