Don’t let Monday, April 30th be just another Monday. Get on down to First Avenue to catch George Ezra! I rarely listen to the radio and it’s even rarer for a song to catch me to the point where I run home to look up who sings it but that’s exactly what happened the first time I heard George Ezra’s voice. Here, there and everywhere, and all the time, it seemed, George Ezra quickly became a household name. An out-of-the-box, rafter-rattling success story, where the vehicle for that success was the only one that mattered: the songs. Songs that took him on a world tour that lasted a full two years. And even when it looked like the border-busting breakout star of 2014 (and ’15) wasn’t, finally, all over the place (nor all over the radio), it turns out he was still at it: travelling, searching, writing, playing, whistling. George recently released Staying at Tamara’s. George Ezra managed to lose himself, find himself, and embark on the creative road that would lead him to Staying At Tamara’s. It’s an album of positivity and encouragement written in the aftermath of mind-melting success – indeed, he admits that he suffered anxiety dreams about getting back on stage ahead of last summer’s so-called Top Secret tour. He knows better than most what it’s like to wonder what to do with your days, especially when it feels like the world is burdening you with expectations. Staying At Tamara’s is about getting away, getting on and getting high – on music, and life, and love.
Noah Kahan will be kicking the night off. Good luck finding cell service in singer-songwriter Noah Kahan’s tiny hometown of Strafford, VT. Reception is nearly non-existent, but that doesn’t seem to bother the 1,000 residents that call this peaceful countryside hamlet home. The town’s sentiment of relishing in isolation is evident at the Kahan household, a 133 acre tree farm at the end of a steepdirt road, nestled in the rolling Vermont hills. The weather is harsh at times, idyllic at others, and a constant exercise in extremes. The seclusion provokes imagination but also imposes an earnestness that’s rooted in Noah’s music and perspective.
Tickets are still available here.