Thursday, 17 October 2019

An Evening with Chris Barron (of Spin Doctors) and Blake Morgan

7 pm doors, 8 pm show

$12 advance, $15 day of show

All ages welcome

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About An evening with Chris Barron (of Spin Doctors)

Jazz/folk

An evening with Chris Barron (of Spin Doctors)

“A full-throttle blast.” ––Billboard Magazine

“Irrepressible…Chris Barron is a showman. ––Rolling Stone

“A visceral, instinctive and accomplished musician.” ––Guitar World

“A frontman with the temperament of a golden retriever.” ––The New York Times

The zeitgeist is a moving target, and Chris Barron has always been a crack shot. The New York songwriter is no longer the debutant who set out on the circuit’s sharp end in 1988 with $100, a battered acoustic and a headful of the alt-rock anthems that would elevate Spin Doctors to global stardom. He’s a veteran, living in a world changed beyond recognition, compelled to write the music that chronicles the here-and-now. As far back as he can remember, he’s had a hunger driving him onward, towards something just out of reach. In 2017, it propelled his new record, Angels and One-Armed Jugglers, the culmination of a lifetime’s craft and a record both contemporary and classic.

Ask Barron for a pivotal moment from his journey and he’ll rewind the reels to a high-school music theory class, where a cherished teacher advised him to “learn the rules so that you can break them.” Almost four decades later, that same irreverent wisdom hangs over Angels and One-Armed Jugglers. In a cynical era of songwriting by committee, these eleven songs rip up the verse/chorus template, eschew the stock lyrical themes and crash thrillingly among genres, as this fascinating songwriter acts entirely on instinct.

“I’ve taken stock of everything I’ve learned about music,” says Barron, “and I’ve got to a point now where I’m just following my nose. These songs range from old jazz standards to funky beer-hall folk tunes. But I’ve never really been that interested in genres. I’m just interested in songs. I think the reason it’s so eclectic is because the songs were chosen more thematically than based on genre.”

You suspect there’s no canvas large enough to capture the endless light bulbs pinging above the head of Chris Barron––but the thrilling Angels and One-Armed Jugglers is the closest we’ll get to a portrait of this visionary songwriter as a mature artist. “I got lucky with this one. It’s better than I could have imagined or hoped for.”

About Blake Morgan

Indie Alternative

Blake Morgan

“Serious musical chops.” ––Pollstar

“Disarmingly unselfconscious.” ––The New York Times

“Inspired songwriting and passionate performances.” ––Billboard Magazine

“Music biz innovator Blake Morgan has forged a left-of-center pop career.” —The Charlotte Observer

Blake Morgan’s sold-out four-year run of concerts at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall has fueled an extraordinary string of recent headlining performances for the artist around the globe: nearly 200 concerts across 110,000 miles of touring on both sides of the Atlantic.

Morgan’s performances have not only become a New York City word-of-mouth sensation––he regularly features Grammy and Tony Award-winning special guests who join him for unique on-stage collaborations––they’ve become a sensation on the road too, where he’s sold out concerts across the United States, the United Kingdom, and continental Europe.

There’s no sign of slowing down for the artist––the new 2019-2020 season of Morgan’s artist-in-residence concert series at Rockwood Music Hall runs from September 19th through May 14th. Simultaneously, Morgan will be back out on the road headlining a string of U.S. and European dates.

The Washington Post writes, “He’s got killer pop-rock instincts, something that leaps out at you…a natural when it comes to fashioning sharp melodies and catchy choruses.” Billboard Magazine adds, “Blake Morgan has a voice that was made to be heard on the radio…inspired songwriting and passionate performances.”

Native New Yorker Blake Morgan is a recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and the founder and President of ECR Music Group (SONY/Orchard), a global music company that operates under an elemental principle unprecedented in the music world: all of its artists and labels own one-hundred percent of their master recordings.

Morgan’s ideas, opinions, and editorials on music have been published regularly, including by The New York Times, CNN, Billboard Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He lectures frequently, including at The Georgetown University Law Center, California State University, Syracuse University, NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, American University, and at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music. His music advocacy has taken him to Capitol Hill numerous times where, as the founder of the #IRespectMusic movement, he continues to fight for music makers’ rights in the digital age.  

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