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Brian Johannesen // Paul Cary // Ian Fitzgerald

9PM | $7

Brian Johannesen:

Brian Johannesen is an Iowa City, IA-based songwriter and singer. After having spent four years in Nashville, TN, Johannesen’s music blends the rich Americana traditions of the Midwest and the South. Raised on a steady diet of Bruce Springsteen and Alabama, Johannesen blends this musical foundation with the music he has grown to love as an adult, including Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, John Prine and Guy Clark. Johannesen’s lyrics and melodies evoke common themes of whiskey, women, and an insatiable wanderlust with a poignancy that sets him apart from other young Americana singer-songwriters. Gritty and beautiful at the same time, his voice and songwriting possess maturity well beyond his 29 years. Johannesen released two albums in 2011 and 2012 with his Iowa City-based band, Grand Tetons. He released a self-titled 10" in the summer of 2013 and had his song "Because i Bloody Well Stammer" named one's Best Songs of 2013.

Johannesen has played with Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Joe Pug, Greg Brown, The Felice Brothers, JD McPherson, Other Lives, S. Carey, The Cave Singers, William Elliott Whitmore, Langhorne Slim, Lydia Loveless, Cory Branan, Paul Thorn, Hailey Whitters, Sam Lewis, Willy Tea Taylor, Charlie Parr, David Dondero, Fruition, The Poison Control Center, David Zollo & The Body Electric, Ryan Joseph Anderson, and many more.

Paul Cary:

Chicago guitar-slinger/songwriter, Paul Cary, is proud to announce the April 29th, 2014 release of Paul Cary & the Small Scarys’ sophomore LP, Coyote, produced by Johnathan Crawford and mixed by Greg Norman. This time his backing band has upped the level of hums and drums, fleshing out the sound into something haunting and driven. The record echoes past regrets and ethereal rural vignettes that could only come from a bootstrapped rural Iowan now transplanted to Chicago, where he works as a carpenter and continues writing and performing his music.

Ian Fitzgerald:

Ian Fitzgerald is a folk singer and songwriter. Based in New England, he has toured throughout the United States. Known for his storytelling and skillful use of language, Ian has independently released five albums of original material, including his newest effort You Won't Even Know I'm Gone. Performer Magazine called Ian "a polished songsmith who is high atop a field of great artists breaking through to festival and folk concerts throughout the States."

Ian performed at the 2016 and 2015 Newport Folk Festivals and opened the official kickoff show for the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, dubbed "All Newport's Eve." Ian has opened shows for Iris DeMent; Willy Mason; Joan Shelley; Darlingside; Mark Erelli; Tracy Grammer; The Ballroom Thieves; Jonathan Edwards; Tall Tall Trees; Vandaveer; Ark Life; Parsonsfield; and Freedy Johnston, among others, and has shared bills with the likes of Haunt The House; Christopher Paul Stelling; Ron Gallo; and Jonah Tolchin. Additional festival performances include: NXNE; the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase; the Brown University Folk Festival; and the In The Dead of Winter Festival.