Christopher Williams, Gabrielle Louise opens

December 09, 2016 8PM
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$20 / 18

Hailing from Nashville, but nothing like your typical Nashville songwriter, Christopher Williams is a songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer - offering songs that are honest and confessional, yet never overbearing; and performances that engage audiences with an appealing mix of intense passion and humor.  With “lush guitar work, and sweet soaring vocals,” (Boston Phoenix) punctuated by the percussive vulnerability of a single African djembe hand drum, Williams is a “hard-touring singer-songwriter and a master at spreading his personal energy out into a live audience.” (Madison Isthmus) Touring nonstop nationally for the last ten years at a pace of more than 130 shows a year, Williams has built a faithful following of listeners around the country and is a true independent artist, releasing eight records on his own label. He has toured with Grammy Award winning band Jars of Clay, opening for, as well as playing percussion with (including their mainstage performance at the incredible Live 8 concert in Philadelphia). And has also played with songwriter luminaries Arlo Guthrie, Phil Keaggy, and David Wilcox. Williams has a heart for social justice issues and supports Blood:Water Mission and International Justice Mission and his newest studio release, ‘Sweet Redemption,’ showcases songs about his recent trips to Kenya and Uganda. Recently, he had the opportunity to contribute music to a USAID documentary film and attend the sponsored screening with the former First Lady, Laura Bush, in Washington, DC, and also play the International Justice Mission 10th Anniversary Banquet. His latest release is a new live recording, called 'Something As Simple,' that features the honesty of a true live performance with stories, the signature djembe playing and his unique guitar style. Recorded in the famed listening room, Club Passim in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. where all the songwriting greats have played, this CD is a must for fans of Williams’ music.

 

http://www.christopherw.com/

 

Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the predisposition to wanderlust and song.

Gabrielle Louise's music is anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited and versatile delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. Unafraid to take a musical escapade in the name of inspiration, Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next a smoky jazz chanteuse.

Known for her authenticity and candor on stage, Gabrielle's performances are notably present and sincere, a professional presentation of her private creative world. Her story-telling and banter envelopes and enchants, gently enticing her listener to release their grip on the status quo. Perhaps because of this quality, Louise has been entrusted to share the stage with greats such as Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Patty Larkin, Eliza Gilkyson, and Guy Clark.

A poet, painter, prose writer and orator, Gabrielle has also presented a talk on autobiographical espression at TEDx, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event. Her talk, "The Breath of Experience," stresses the importance of making time to both "inhale" what others tell us and mindfully "exhale" our own creative impressions of those stories.

In the original songwriting realm, Louise has released a handful of records, the most recent of which were Mirror the Branches (2010), The Bird in My Chest (2014), and coming September 30th, 2016, If the Static Clears.

 

http://www.gabriellelouise.com/

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF OUR TABLES SEAT FOUR PEOPLE. IF YOU DO NOT PURCHASE ALL FOUR SEATS, OTHER PATRONS MAY BE SEATED WITH YOU. YOUR TICKETS RESERVE YOU A PLACE AT THE TABLE YOU SELECT, BUT NOT A SPECIFIC LOCATION AT THAT TABLE. ALL PATRONS HAVE THE OPTION TO ORDER DINNER. ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

$20 / 18
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