Arts & Music
Straz Center announces lineup for Club Jaeb concerts
The Straz Center announced the acts performing at the venue’s Jaeb Theater during the upcoming season of Club Jaeb – an intimate Monday-night concert series showcasing folk, Americana, alternative, country and other “hand-picked music that matters.” The shows run from Oct. 28 to May 5, 2014. All of the performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Season ticket packages begin at $130 from the Straz Center’s ticket office at 1010 N. Macinnes Place in Tampa. Here is the full schedule with artist descriptions provided by the Straz Center.
Melissa Ferrick, Oct. 28 – Melissa Ferrick has a great deal to show for two decades in the music industry, including 16 albums packed with stories of crisscrossing the world. Her new CD is scheduled for a May release.
Red Molly, Nov. 4 – Since 2004, Americana trio Red Molly has brought audiences to their feet with gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship and their warm, engaging stage presence. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar). Their new CD, “Light in the Sky,” spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 radio chart.
John McCutcheon, Dec. 16 – John McCutcheon has emerged as one of America’s most respected folk singers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare hammer dulcimer. His 35 recordings have garnered six Grammy nominations.
Gretchen Peters, Jan. 13 – Although an accomplished writer whose songs have been hits for others – including “Independence Day” for Martina McBride, which won a Country Music Award for Best Country Song – Peters has never wanted to decide between singer or songwriter. She produced a string of powerful solo recordings, and a slew of her songs have been recorded by great singers such as Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Neil Diamond, George Strait and Etta James.
Carrie Newcomer, Feb. 24 – Called a “prairie mystic” by Rolling Stone and a “soaring songstress” by Billboard, Carrie Newcomer’s music has explored the intersection of the spiritual and the daily. Her ability for sharp observation of the world led the Dallas Morning News to rave, “She’s the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, ‘that is so true.’” Rolling Stone says she “asks all the right questions.”
Amy Speace, March 10 – Amy Speace has been quietly but steadily making waves in the Americana/folk world for a few years now, and in the journey, gaining support from the likes of Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark and other icons in the songwriting community. While pursuing a life in theater, this self-described “late bloomer” wrote her first songs on a pawn shop guitar. Collins signed Speace to her own Wildflower Records label in 2006, releasing “Songs for Bright Street” to critical acclaim. That record spent months at the top of the folk and Americana roots charts. NPR named the title cut from “The Killer In Me” as a song of the day in 2009.
Del Barber, April 14, 2014 – The son of a draft dodger, Barber grew up in southern Manitoba, Canada, “balanced on the line that separates town from country.” He started playing open mics early with the songs of Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. His initial recording, “Where the City Ends,” was followed by “Love Songs for the Last 20.” He began opening for James McMurtry, Buffe Sainte-Marie, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson and John Hiatt.
Rose Cousins, May 5, 2014 – A seasoned and award-winning singer-songwriter out of Halifax Nova Scotia who has steadily built a following in the United States, Rose Cousins’ self-released “We Have Made a Spark” landed on the “Folk Alley” Best of 2012 list.