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Beaucoup Blue & Jon Brooks
May 3, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Beaucoup Blue, the Philadelphia -based father-and son-blues and roots duo, returns to grace our stage yet again after delighting audiences at previous First Saturday Concerts and during the 2011 Huntington Folk Festival. with a mix of original songs and classic numbers.
Blending soulful traditional and contemporary styles, Beaucoup Blue creates an innovative and authentic sound that covers a wide swath of what constitutes today’s Americana music. The duo has been named the grand-prize winner in both the Billboard Magazine World Songwriting Contest and the Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Competition, while its albums have charted on Americana, roots and folk radio.
Jon Brooks is a Canadian singer-songwriter of note. A winner in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition, a Canadian regional winner in the Mountain Stage Newsong Competition, and a three-time Songwriter of the Year nominee in the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Brooks writes songs “to calm those who’ve looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts [and] to terrify those who have not.”
His music is filled with grey and morally ambiguous characters living on the outskirts of approval, but his mandate is unequivocal. Says Brooks: “I’m not interested in writing ‘happy songs’ – I’ve chosen to write healing songs and for that reason, I’m obliged to reveal a wound or two now and then. That said, I’m less interested in writing ‘unhappy songs’: I want to write hopeful songs, inspiring songs and I expect I owe today’s listener some compelling argument as to why we should believe our present world can be improved, or healed. A song’s highest aim is to invoke empathy – to offer that rare sight of ourselves in others. In this sense, the songwriter is simply trying to ‘politicize love’, hence my contention: today’s songwriter should be a lobbyist for compassion to be our principal representative in government office.”