Saturday, January 19 at 7:30PM
A Joe Jencks concert is definitely not a visit to the inner world of some guy with a guitar who wants you to sit still and listen politely. It’s an occasion for singing, a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance! Classical training meets roots-groove with acoustic soul.
Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.
Here is a video of Joe Jencks performing his song Lady of the Harbor.
After a break of about a decade away from music, a career change and two children, singer-songwriter Lisa Bastoni has recorded an album and resumed live performances. “I played just a handful of concerts in all that time, and thought I was done with music for good,” Bastoni said. “But one afternoon, while out for a walk around the neighborhood with the kids, I started to get ideas for song lyrics. And soon it was like a flood of song ideas – and as the songs started to come back, so did the desire to perform and record them.” In 2017, Bastoni released The Wishing Hour, her first album in over 10 years. She is now engaged in a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to record a new album that will include songs written by her grandmother, who passed away two years ago. “She was my first guitar teacher, and one of the people most dear to me. When she died, I inherited her guitar, a 1971 Gibson, along with her canvas bag filled with songs.”
Here is a video of Lisa Bastoni performing Pocket Full Of Sighs, written by Lisa and her grandmother Naiad.