JONAH SMITH AND RICK LOLLAR BAND


 

Saturday, November 16th

9:30 pm

Advance general admission: $14

At the door: $16

Table of 4 reserved seats: $70

 

Jonah Smith is that rare musician with the range to write the simplest folk song or an orchestral arrangement and his eight albums of original material display a wealth of American music history that has delighted critics and concertgoers for years. The New York Times perhaps said it best: “Mr. Smith’s folk songs are equally well suited to downtown lounges and rural front porches.”  His latest record, “In The Kitchen” (July 2013) is a mostly acoustic album made with guitarist, Andy Stack. The two musicians spent two days running wires and taping microphones to ceilings in Andy’s kitchen in Queens, NY. The idea was to make a record from start to finish with no outside help. The result is an alarmingly high fidelity recording of eight songs that range in topic from love to politics. As a performer, Smith has toured for the last decade on three continents. He has been invited as a guest vocalist with some of his heroes including Los Lobos and Little Feat. As a songwriter he has won an IMA in the folk category for his song “My Morning Scene”. The debut album from The Statesmen, a side-project of NYC all-stars that he wrote and produced was nominated for the IMA Rock Record Of The Year in 2013. Recently, Smith relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles where he now resides.

With his debut release, Soulful Hang EP, Atlanta-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Rick Lollar displays a heart that’s always belonged to the blues, the intellect of a jazz improviser, and a penchant for rootsy songwriting with tight arrangements, but he really just wants to make you dance. The EP’s five original tracks (and one muscular arrangement of a Son House tune) cover a lot of stylistic ground–taut funk grooves, minor-key balladry, Memphis soul, unabashed rocking out–but it’s clear that Lollar views it all through the lens of the blues.