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Concert Schedule

Saturday 4/8/2017 7:30 PM
The Young Novelists
Opener: Brad Yoder and Jason Rafalak


Johnny & June meets Shovels & Rope – Toronto based americana husband and wife duo The Young Novelists are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots. After the release of their 2nd full-length album made us strangers, they’ve been touring Canada and the US relentlessly, earning accolades wherever they go. They were recognized as Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the Connecticut Folk Festival, and were recently named finalists at the NewSong Music Competition.
What first began as a stack of songs that frontman Graydon James had amassed behind the drum kit in various bands during his university years eventually became a collection of recordings performed by the six-piece band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. But over time, as James’ wife Laura Spink became integral to the creative process and the band began performing and touring as a duo, the more succinct banner of The Young Novelists was born.
As a published author with one novel – The Mall of Small Frustrations – to his name and two others in the works, James’ words carry a weight and depth that demand repeat listens. The hope, he says, is having a listener connect with the sentiment he explores, if not the specific subjects. “As personal as the songs are,” he offers, “I hope they’re connecting to other people in a way that goes beyond the situations I was writing about.” That connection is perhaps most intense from the stage, where The Young Novelists’ show is as engaging as it is endearing.
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Acknowledged by Pittsburgh Magazine as “ruling the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene,” Brad Yoder logs over 150 performances annually, and has recorded 5 self-released CDs, songs from which have been featured on popular TV and radio shows.
Brad has also led workshops at over 30 different colleges and universities on “Exploring Songwriting” and other topics including performance, and creative choices for working artists, encouraging student songwriters to find their own unique voices. In addition to his music, Brad is a freelance math tutor.
Brad’s unique mix of humorous, poetic, political, funky and edgy original songs, covering a musical range from folk to indie rock (with unexpected musical and lyrical twists) has earned him a loyal following.
The addition of the dynamic upright and fretless bass-playing of Jason Rafalak (plus mandolin and vocal harmonies) has added a new level of excitement and arrangement possibilities to Brad’s live performances. Jason has performed with many other musicians and appeared on many albums. Jason lives in Pittsburgh and is the Music Therapist at the Friendship Academy.

 

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Advance tickets $15; children 12 and under $7.50.
Tickets at the door $20; children 12 and under $10.


Advance Tickets



Saturday 5/6/2017 7:30 PM
Joe Crookston
Opener: Mike Agranoff


Joe Crookston: Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence. He’s not afraid to walk outside trends and create his own version of magic. His recording Able Baker Charlie & Dog was awarded Album of the Year by Folk Alliance International.
He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He’s a bard in the modern world plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.
Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. It happens every time. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and honest.


Mike Agranoff is one of those folk performers that steadfastly defies categorization, and yet amasses stalwart fans from folk aficionados of all categories. He draws his material from sources as diverse as traditional ballads and fiddle tunes, Tin Pan Alley, contemporaries in the Folk World, and his own witty pen. He delivers it with a skilled hand on guitar, piano, and concertina, an almost telepathic transmittal of the essence of the song, and occasionally sly twinkle in the eye in anticipation of some of the most horrible parodies ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting audience.

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Advance tickets $15; children 12 and under $7.50.
Tickets at the door $20; children 12 and under $10.


Advance Tickets