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Jeremiah Johnson Presents Guitar Madness 2019

Off Broadway
Fri 12.6
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages

Guitar Madness 2019 comes to the OB December 6th, 2019! Jeremiah Johnson Presents the 2019 version of Guitar Madness with special guests Rich McDonough and Craig Straubinger! Doors 7pm, show 8pm. Advance tickets are $15.

 
 

Steve Forbert (Seated Show)

Off Broadway
Sat 12.7
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
All Ages

Steve Forbert comes to the OB December 7th, 2019 for a special seated show. Advance tickets are $25, $30 day of show. Doors 7pm, The Donald Woodyard, Inc. at 8pm.

Big City Cat – My Life in Folk-Rock, singer/songwriter Steve Forbert’s exceptional new memoir co-written with Therese Boyd, allows him ample opportunity to candidly reflect on those specific circumstances that first brought him to the public eye.

Originally conceived as a stage play and screen treatment, it finds him documenting his early adventures in the big city while pursuing his quest to make music. Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, he weaves an absorbing narrative that fully documents the trials, travails and triumphs that would eventually play out over the course of his prolific 40 year career.

The book is accompanied by its own soundtrack as well, an A+ new album entitled The Magic Tree that offers a series of songs gleaned from previously recorded acoustic demos, overdubbed with new backing tracks and fleshed out as a series of songs that ring with the verve and vitality that Forbert’s fans have always come to expect. Consistently upbeat and optimistic, they convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living. Then again, that’s been Forbert’s mantra for quite some time, honoring his past while plowing his way towards the future.

 
 

River City Opry: December Edition

Off Broadway
Sun 12.8
Doors: 12:30 am
Show: 1:00 pm
All Ages
Keep warm with another frosty cool edition of The River City Opry!

This ice cold lineup features:

The Dammit Janets
Billy Croghan
Josh Miller
Matthew Decker
School of Rock Ballwin
Amber Skies
The Riverside Wanderers

The best way to spend a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis! We will have the fire pit lit and the coffee on!

Only $5 at the door!

12 and under are welcome and FREE!

Beth Bombara w/ Essential Knots

Off Broadway
Thu 12.12
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages

“I wasn’t writing a new record -- at least, I didn’t think I was at the time,” she admits. Looking to step back and clear her head after a long bout of touring, the rock & roll-influenced Americana artist nestled herself in the Rocky Mountains in a remote cabin. The cabin’s name? Evergreen. She spent time wandering through acres and acres of untouched forest around the cabin, up and down craggy rocks that felt nothing like her native Michigan nor her adopted home of St. Louis. Almost by accident, songs for her sixth album began to take root.  

“I’m starting to realize, that’s just what I do. I write songs. You know how trees exhale oxygen? They don’t think too hard about oxygen...it’s just a byproduct of their existence. Well, songs are a byproduct of my existence. I’ve already exhaled these songs, but maybe they’re a needed breath for someone else. And the idea that even one other person needs them is what fulfills me.”

Although based in Missouri, Bombara has spent much of her adulthood on the road, carving out her own award-winning mix of vintage folk and electric roots-rock. She’s been a solo artist, a bandleader, and an occasional side musician for other artists. With Evergreen, Bombara resumes her role as the leader of an amplified Americana band. These songs were largely written on the run -- in friend’s basements, during soundchecks, and on the road -- while Bombara and company toured the country in support of her 2017 release, Map and No Direction.

From Tom Petty’s heartland rock & roll to Aimee Mann’s quirky indie-folk, Evergreen sources its inspiration from iconic sources. Even so, this is the unmistakably unique work of Beth Bombara, a singer/songwriter who, over a half-dozen albums, has nodded to past traditions while always pushing ahead into new territory. Evergreen has received high praise from No Depression, American Songwriter, L.A. Weekly, and BBC radio while spending 7 consecutive weeks in the top 40 AMA radio charts.
 

Chris Knight

Off Broadway
Fri 12.13
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$25.00 - $35.00 Buy Tickets
Chris Knight
12/13/19
Doors at 7, Show at 8
$25 ADV/$30 DOS
$35 Limited seated balcony

Old 97's Holiday Hoopla

Off Broadway
Sat 12.14
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$30.00 - $40.00 Buy Tickets
OLD 97’s HOLIDAY HOOPLA!
Featuring CASEYMAGIC (DIY PUNK ROCK MAGICIAN)
& a special solo acoustic set by RHETT MILLER
12/14/19
$30 adv GA Standing room / $ 35 DOS
There are a limited number of Seated Balcony tickets available at $40
Doors 7 Show 8

The Marshall Crenshaw Trio

Off Broadway
Sun 12.15
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
All Ages
$20.00 - $30.00 Buy Tickets

Greg Koch

Off Broadway
Thu 12.19
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$20.00 - $25.00 Buy Tickets
Greg Koch and the Koch-Marshall Trio consist of American guitarist Greg Koch, his son Dylan Koch on drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall. At the heart of this organ trio is a blues sensibility -but Koch's compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and country served up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose of humor and occasional wild abandon.The trio blends the explosive guitar manipulations of Greg, the groove-centric, power-pocket playing of his son Dylan on drums (who share many telepathic musical moments) and the glorious, Hammond organ stylings of the uber-talented Toby Marshall, Greg’s compositions are properly portrayed in the blues drenched, funk, chicken-fried, gospelly, jazz-rock panorama in which they were conceived. Their first release, “Toby Arrives” the first moments of their unexpected musical partnership captured at an extemporaneous jam session earlier in the year.

The Hooten Hallers

Off Broadway
Fri 12.20
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
The Hooten Hallers are back at the OB December 20th along with old friends Tortuga and Ryne Watts. Adv tickets $10/ $12 dos. Doors 7pm, show 8pm. Tickets on sale Friday September 20th, 2019!

Middle Class Fashion

Off Broadway
Sat 12.21
Doors: 8:00 pm
Show: 9:00 pm
All Ages

Mental Health America Benefit Show

Off Broadway
Sun 12.22
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
12/22/19
Mental Health America Benefit Show at Off Broadway
Ft. The Public, Phi, Prom Kings, Dogtown Athletic Club
All Ages ($3 minor surcharge)
Doors at 7, Music starts at 8
 
All proceeds to benefit Mental Health America

Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory

Off Broadway
Thu 12.26
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages

12/26/19
Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory
$25 ADV


The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray…

Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.

Mr. Hart was born in Oakland CA in 1963 to a family of post WWII Mississippi transplants. ,After a couple false starts ,he began to play the guitar, in earnest, in 1977.

“By that time, it had become an obsessive competition among us teenage boys. The guitar was the video game of our day”, Hart says.

The Hart family was never one to stay put. Spending his formative years on the West Coast, in the Midwest and the Mid-South surely influenced Alvin’s wide ranging musical perspective.

“It really taught me to appreciate MUSIC for what it was ….not because it was this or that genre. I have a great disdain for genre segregation. I try to avoid that practice”.

Along with his 40 years of playing comes a nuts and bolts passion for the hardware of the trade.

“I’ve been a guitar tinker since day one. I can recall my parents buying me a new guitar, and I would have every screw out of it by bedtime”.

Hart is also an electronics technician, a talent he picked up after 7 years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. His knack for quick thinking repairs on the road has earned him nicknames such as, The Garage Guerrilla or The Rock N Roll MacGyver from fellow musicians.

After two decades on the road ,Alvin continues to delight audiences worldwide, whether as a solo performer or with the eternally rockin’ Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory…The multi award winner always delivers.

“When I was a 15 year old kid in my room , I would never believe that I would someday play legendary venues like the Hollywood Bowl or Royal Albert Hall. You couldn’t have told me that I’d be in the studio with Taj Mahal, or play onstage with the Allman Bros. Band and members of Thin Lizzy. Some days, it’s a dream job…”

Pokey LaFarge Night 1

Off Broadway
Fri 12.27
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
Pokey LaFarge returns to OB for 2 shows on 12/27 & 28. This is ticketing for the 12/27 show.
Seated sections are SOLD OUT. All remaining tickets are Standing Room Only. 

Adv tickets $25 

 
"Pokey LaFarge is a musician. He is a storyteller. He is a feeler of feelings. He is a narrator of the messy, unkempt American experience. He sits, he watches, he writes. Everything that’s worth happening happens in his songs. Like the long line of writers and performers he descends from, music isn’t something Pokey does - it’s something he is...

The songs on Pokey’s transformative new album MANIC REVELATIONS demand your attention. Here, you get the feeling this man is constantly reshuffling the deck in favor of some outcome or other. Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics. But make no mistake - no matter how the cards lay, he is searching for the purest truth; he loves laying in the muck. Whatever it takes to serve the song. He wouldn’t know what to do if his life were any other way..."

Pokey LaFarge Night 2

Off Broadway
Sat 12.28
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
Pokey LaFarge returns to OB for 2  shows. This show is on 12/28.
Seated tickets are SOLD OUT.
All remaining tickets are Standing Room only.


 
"Pokey LaFarge is a musician. He is a storyteller. He is a feeler of feelings. He is a narrator of the messy, unkempt American experience. He sits, he watches, he writes. Everything that’s worth happening happens in his songs. Like the long line of writers and performers he descends from, music isn’t something Pokey does - it’s something he is...

The songs on Pokey’s transformative new album MANIC REVELATIONS demand your attention. Here, you get the feeling this man is constantly reshuffling the deck in favor of some outcome or other. Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics. But make no mistake - no matter how the cards lay, he is searching for the purest truth; he loves laying in the muck. Whatever it takes to serve the song. He wouldn’t know what to do if his life were any other way..."

William Elliott Whitmore

Off Broadway
Sun 12.29
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$18.00 - $30.00 Buy Tickets

Voodoo Grateful Dead New Year's Eve

Off Broadway
Tue 12.31
Doors: 8:00 pm
Show: 9:00 pm
All Ages

Voodoo Grateful Dead! Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players are back for another NYE at Off Broadway. Advance tickets are $15, $20 day of show. Patio opens at 7pm, venue doors at 8pm, music at 9pm. All ages with a $3 minor surcharge. Under 18 must be with an adult.

 
 

Little Cowboy EP Release Show

Off Broadway
Fri 1.3
Doors: 8:00 pm
Show: 7:00 pm
All Ages

Karen Choi "Lost County" CD Release Show

Off Broadway
Fri 1.10
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 7:30 pm
All Ages
Karen Choi "Lost County" CD Release Show.
Doors 7, Show 7:30. 
$10, $3 Minor Surcharge 

Heart Like a Wheel: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt

Off Broadway
Sat 1.11
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
Snow Tire Concert Series Presents:
Heart Like A Wheel: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt
 
1/11/20
Doors 7, Show 8
$12
Featuring: Jenny Roques, Beth Bombara, Sam Golden and More...

Art of Live Festival Presents: Neighbor Lady

Off Broadway
Thu 1.16
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
Atlanta based Neighbor Lady is comprised of singer songwriter Emily Braden, guitarist Jack Blauvelt, bassist Merideth Hanscom, and drummer Andrew McFarland. With Braden's strong, haunting vocals paired with dreamy Americana rock, they attracted attention in June 2016 with the release of the single "Consider Me Mean". Neighbor Lady’s momentum is indebted to their blend of powerful psychedelic indie-rock set to Braden’s tender and soaring vocal melodies, creating a sensation both comforting, yet heartbreaking in the same moments. Neighbor Lady’s self-recorded debut LP, “Maybe Later†was mixed by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes, Now Its Overhead) and mastered by Jason NeSmith (of Montreal, Casper and the Cookies) and is slated for release early 2018.

Yola is SOLD OUT!

Off Broadway
Fri 1.17
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
Yola comes to Off Broadway January 17th, 2019! Advance tickets $20, $25 day of show. All ages. Doors 7pm, Amythyst Kiah at 8pm.
Spotify presale begins Tuesday 10am thru Thursday at midnight.
Public on sale at 10am Friday September 20th.

YACHT

Off Broadway
Tue 1.21
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages

“We wanted to find a way to interrogate technology more deeply,” explains Claire L. Evans, one-third of the Los Angeles-based pop group YACHT. “From the ground up,” adds her partner and YACHT founder Jona Bechtolt. 

The group—rounded out by longtime collaborator Rob Kieswetter—would know: their seventeen-year career has been marked by a series of conceptual stunts, experiments, and attempts to use technology “sideways,” from rock-and-roll PowerPoint presentations to their Webby-award-nominated campaign for I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler (2015), which featured, among other things, a music video that played only during Los Angeles’ rush hour and an album cover that could only be seen via fax. Even the band’s name speaks to this: YACHT is an acronym for Young Americans Challenging High Technology. 

CHAIN TRIPPING is the band’s seventh album and third with DFA Records. Recorded between the band’s home in Los Angeles and Marfa, TX, the ten-song collection marks a shift in the group’s relationship with technology and their art. Rather than trying to comment on existing platforms from within their own filter bubble, the band stripped their process down and rebuilt it using a technology entirely new to them—Artificial Intelligence, and more specifically, machine learning. The result is an album that merges invention and intimacy, “challenging” technology from code to content.

“This process is not so much about collaborating with the machine as it is about collaborating with people through the medium of the machine,”  Evans says. “Creating this kind of work requires that creative and technical people work together, and that’s a good thing in our increasingly siloed culture.“

 

Midge Ure

Off Broadway
Tue 1.28
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
The Midge Ure songs, questions and answers tour 2020 comes to the Off Broadway January 28th, 2019. Advance tickets are $25. All ages show. Doors 7pm, No Thunder at 8pm
Midge Ure returns to North Americas intimate venue circuit with his open and honest, Songs,
Questions and Answers Tour 2020.
Direct from the hugely successful UK leg of the tour Midge will be playing alongside multi
instrumental musician Tony Solis, performing acoustic versions of his catalogue and taking
questions, and maybe the odd song request, from the audience.
There is plenty to talk about too while covering a 40 year professional career, Ultravox, Solo work,
Band Aid, Live Aid, his Orchestrated album from 2017….and anything YOU the audience can think
of to ask him!
This is as close as you can possibly get to the man, his life and his music. An event as real, honest,
uplifting and poignant as his songs.

Jamo Presents: Morgan Heritage

Off Broadway
Fri 1.31
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$25.00 - $40.00 Buy Tickets
Jamo Presents: Morgan Heritage
1.31.20
Doors at 7, Show at 8
$25 ADV, $30 DOS
Limited number of reserved seated seats available for $40

Grateful for innumerable achievements, awards and honors such as a GRAMMY win and nomination for Best Reggae Album, Gramps, Peetah and Mr Mojo are the holy trinity comprising the Iconic culturally driven family band Morgan Heritage that has bridged continents and styles of Reggae with their latest offering. Their brand new album ‘LOYALTY’ was created across several continents and completed in an unorthodox fashion with the three brothers all in different locations - Mojo in Kenya focusing on the group’s philanthropic efforts, Gramps traveling the world healing people with the Masya CBD products created by his wife Dr Annabelle Manalo and Peetah in Miami anchoring the production. This meant utilising technology to bring them together in one studio to orchestrate the finishing touches to their new masterpiece. ‘LOYALTY’ is the trio’s twelvth studio album and is set for release August 2019 on their CTBC Music Group (Cool To Be Conscious Music Group) label.

Morgan Heritage are known worldwide for their riveting stage presence and exciting showmanship, so it is no surprise that the Royal Family of Reggae will trek globally from Africa to Europe, North to South America and beyond during 2019 and 2020. The itinerary not only embodies the group’s global citizenship but is a testament to the siblings embrace of unifying cultures that is prominent in their music, with the brothers stating: “The new album showcases the universal state of Reggae and Jamaican music today. Our music is not one dimensional and we’re not loyal to one dimension of the music, rather we’re loyal to our genre.”

Kody West & Colby Cooper

Off Broadway
Wed 2.5
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
Kody West started playing music in 2014, eager to take on as many acoustic gigs and songwriting competitions in the Ft. Worth/Dallas area that he could. He took on the role of tour manager in the beginning of 2015. On the road with the band, Kody rapidly gained valuable hands-on experience working and playing music across the state of Texas. Thanks to this time on the road, and his endearing songwriting he was quick to gain a large following of loyal fans. In the past 3 years he and his band have traveled across the country playing their good for the soul tunes, and are now working on a new record to be released in the new year. The wheels on the van never stop turning and these boys never stop working. Try to keep up!

Too Many Zoos

Off Broadway
Fri 2.7
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages

Too Many Zoos come to the Off Broadway on Feb 7th, 2020. Advance tickets are $18, $20 day of show. All ages show with a $3 minor surcharge at the door. Under 18 must be with an adult (21+). Venue doors open at 7pm. Music starts at 8 with BIROCRATIC.

 
 

SLLAW in Space

Off Broadway
Sat 2.15
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
Join SLLAW : Saint Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers for SLLAW XXI: SLLAW in SPACE to benefit SQSH at OFF BROADWAY MUSIC VENUE with Musical Guest Bates! Featuring Starshine Twinkletits! on Saturday, February 15th!

Music at 8pm
Bout at 9pm

$10 at the door. Bring CA$H for Bribes and Belle of the Brawl. All money raised to support St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline and their mission to provide free, confidential, and identity-affirming emotional support, resources, and referrals. For the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community, by the community.


Accessibility:

Wheelchair access is available at the entrance of the bar - please let us know if you need any assistance!

SLLAW requests that attendees try to go fragrance-free if possible, so spectators with allergies and sensitives to chemical/fragrances can experience the show without exposure to potentially harmful substances. SLLAW throwdowns do get loud and the show itself can be a lil wild and overwhelming for some – feel free to step away and be a part of the show at a distance or in a way that makes you feel safe and comfortable. Our hosts are on mic and provide play by play of the wrestlers’ performance and antics so that those with visual-impairments (or simply those who don’t wish to be all up in the action) can still experience the show.

Clark Beckham: Light Year Tour

Off Broadway
Wed 2.19
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$15.00 - $50.00 Buy Tickets
Clark's killer vocals and profound music abilities as a multi-instrumentalist has led him on a journey from busking on the streets to performing on national television in front of millions of viewers. On American Idol, Clark's soulful, bluesy voice outsold every other contestant combined on iTunes and placed him as THE fan favorite and runner-up of the 2015 season. Clark's live performances also dominated the top 10 most viewed videos on American Idol's Youtube channel. Since Idol, Clark has performed with the Nashville Symphony, written with Brian McKnight, been nominated for the Teen Choice award for Music’s Next Big Thing, opened on tour for Jon Bellion, and signed with Quincy Jones.

In 2018, Clark released his EP “Year One”, which debuted at #6 on iTunes Alternative and #22 on Billboard’s R&B Sales chart. “Year One” includes “Must Be Hard Being You”, which was a collaboration with The Shadowboxers, and “I Need”, which was produced by Steve Jordan and features John Mayer's all-star band: Steve Jordan on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, and Isaiah Sharkey on guitar, with horn arrangements by Jerry Hey and Keyon Harrold
 
Most recently, Clark premiered “I Hurt Too Much” – the first single off his upcoming album that will be released in January 2020. We will continue to see refreshing new music from Clark that will be highly regarded and binge-worthy, making his music one for the passionate connoisseurs of music. Catch Clark’s captivating performances and upcoming 2020 tour at www.clarkbeckham.com.

Snow Tire Concert Series Presents: William Clark Green

Off Broadway
Thu 2.20
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$18.00 - $30.00 Buy Tickets
William Clark Green and Flatland Cavalry come to OB on Februrary 20th as part of our Snow Tire Music Fest!
Adv tickets are $18 | $20 DOS
Limited balcony seats available for $30

Christopher Paul Stelling

Off Broadway
Tue 3.17
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages

Christopher Paul Stelling is a songwriter based in Asheville, North Carolina.

Known for incendiary performances and his own blend of fingerpicked guitar, howled laments, and southern gothic lyrics, Stelling has toured the United States and Europe extensively.

After self-releasing the albums ‘Songs of Praise and Scorn’ (2012), and ‘False Cities’ (2013), Stelling released ‘Labor Against Waste’ (2015), and ‘Itinerant Arias’ (2017) on the Anti-Records label.

He has been featured on NPR's Tiny Desk series, performed on CBS This Morning, and is a frequent performer at the Newport Folk Festival.

His next album is slated for release in February of 2020.
When not playing guitar he can be found walking his fierce hound, Ida Mae. 

"The richly layered storytelling of John Prine, the croon-to-howl hybrid vocal of Tom Waits and Glen Hansard, and an intricately finger-picked guitar style that lands somewhere between Lead Belly and Lindsey Buckingham"
- Rolling Stone

"He's a singer with the spirit of Woody Guthrie both deep within and showing on his sleeve." - Bob Boilen // NPR Music

Bob Mould Solo Electric

Off Broadway
Sat 3.21
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$30.00 - $40.00 Find Tickets

Ever-evolving artist Bob Mould—whose face belongs on the Mount Rushmore of alternative music—decided to “write to the sunshine,” as he describes it, not because he likes the current administration. It comes from a more personal place—a place found in Berlin, Germany, where he’s spent the majority of the last three years. Here Mould would draw inspiration from the new environments.

The theme, the cathartic vocals, and the strings all amount to Mould’s catchiest, grabbiest album since Copper Blue, the acclaimed 1992 debut of his trio Sugar. Back then, Mould’s work in Hüsker Dü, as a solo artist, and in Sugar helped define the sound of guitar rock in the alternative age. Sunshine Rock finds him doing it again for an era that has ostensibly eschewed rock.

Sunshine Rock follows the 2016 release of Patch the Sky, which was hailed by Rolling Stone as “conjuring the ecstatic rage of his earlier bands for a grim new era” and as “tight, sharp musings on aging, fizzled relationships and death that are melodic enough to sound like songs of victory” by the New York Times. Patch the Sky completed a trilogy including its 2014 predecessor Beauty & Ruin and 2012’s Silver Age.

Polica

Off Broadway
Wed 4.1
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
If the opening moments of POLIÇA’s new album, United Crushers, leave you feeling unsettled, then Channy Leaneagh has done her job. With her voice pitch-shifted down into an ominous, nearly unrecognizable register, she sings of a post-industrial urban landscape littered with broken promises, a land of poverty and violence that’s been rigged against us from the start. Despite all that, though, there is an element of defiance, a refusal to surrender in her delivery of the lyrics. Halfway through that first track, “Summer Please,” when her gorgeous true singing voice enters on top of the deep and disturbing baritone, there is a moment of hope and transcendence, and it’s the key to unlocking United Crushers, POLIÇA’s third full-length release and most ambitious album to date. Even at its darkest, the record is musically the band’s most upbeat and celebratory.  It is a weapon meant to empower the weak, the forgotten, and the disenfranchised; it’s very creation an act of rebellion in the face of the such forces as repression, social injustice, and one’s own self-doubt and isolation.

The Secret Sisters (Seated Show)

Off Broadway
Fri 4.10
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
The Secret Sisters come to Off Broadway on April 10th for a seated show!
w/ Logan Ledger
$20 

An Evening with Robyn Hitchcock

Off Broadway
Wed 4.15
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages

Zepparella

Off Broadway
Thu 4.16
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages

Josh Rouse (Solo)

Off Broadway
Fri 4.17
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$20.00 - $25.00 Buy Tickets

“Like a baseball player who quietly hits 30 home runs every year or a golfer who regularly finishes in the Top Ten, Josh Rouse's continued streak of excellence is easy to ignore and maybe even downplay a little” -- Tim Sendra, Allmusic.com

You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding. The verses draw you in with telling detail, both musical and thematic, and the choruses lift and deliver. They resolve without seeming overly tidy or pat.

Josh Rouse was born in Nebraska, and following an itinerant upbringing he eventually landed in Nashville where he recorded his debut Dressed Like Nebraska (1998).  The album’s acclaim led to tours with Aimee Mann, Mark Etzel and the late Vic Chestnut. The followup- Home (2000)—yielded the song “Directions” which Cameron Crowe used in his film Vanilla Sky.

“Every time I’ve made a record, I’ve tried to make it different from the last one,” says Rouse. “I always became fascinated by a different style of music. But at the end of the day, no matter how eclectic I try to make it, it’s my voice and melodic sensibility that tie things together.”

For his breakthrough album, 1972 (2003), which happens to be the year he was born, Rouse decided to cheer up a bit. Noting that he’d earned a reputation for melancholy, he says, with a laugh, “I figured this is my career, I might as well try to enjoy it.” While the Seventies are often identified with singer-songwriters, Rouse was primarily attracted to the warmer sound of albums back then, as well as the more communal feel of the soul music of that time.  The follow up,  Nashville (2005) continued the hot streak and expanded his audience further.

After relocating to  Valencia, Spain with his wife Paz, Rouse has released a steady stream of high quality songs and albums. Subtitulo (2006) contained the international indie folk hit "Quiet Town". On El Turista (2010) he even experimented with writing and singing some  songs in Spanish. In  2014, he won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for "Do You Really Want To Be In Love," from the film 'La Gran Familia Española.' 

His most recent release, The Embers of Time, was one of his strongest—self-described as “my surreal, ex-pat, therapy record.”  Charles Pitter astutely noted in Pop Matters.  “The critics may long for drama and scandal, but The Embers of Time often demonstrates that a simple life could be for the best.” 

Randall King

Off Broadway
Sat 4.18
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages

Amanda Shires "Atmosphereless" Tour

Off Broadway
Wed 4.29
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$25.00 - $125.00 Buy Tickets

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Off Broadway
Thu 5.21
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
All Ages
$20.00 - $35.00 Buy Tickets
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