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Date(s) - August 23, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
KALA brings national roots/blues/soul artist, and native South Carolinian Seth Walker to the stage in a return engagement on tour with his album “Are You Open,” Friday, Aug. 23, at 8pm. Advance tickets at libertyastoria.showare.com. KALA is located at 1017 Marine Dr. in Astoria.
Seth Walker and his trio have been a staple in the roots/blues world including multiple support slots for The Wood Brothers, and performances on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruise.
In a “feelings are mutual” performance this past March, Walker and his inigmatic trio, loved the Astoria audience, the live acoustic sound of KALA’s room–great vibes resounding all around, and scheduled a come back on the heals of the latest album tour.
Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has become recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States; a three dimensional talent who combines a gift for melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar.
Supported by stand-up bass and drums, Walkers an “accomplished guitarist and an even better singer, distilling the soul of Ray Charles, the Southern boy roots charm of Delbert McClinton, and an uptown blues turn of phrase (à la Percy Mayfield) into his own distinct voice, ” states DC Music Mag The Vinyl District. Or, as KALA owner, Dinah Urell states, “He’s the Tony Bennet of Soul Roots music.”
”Are You Open?” marks Seth Walker’s tenth studio recording, produced by the Wood Brothers Jano Rix, culling from his time spent in Havana, New Orleans and Nashville, a soulful brew of roots music from the Americas and beyond.
“Are You Open?” follows 2016’s critically acclaimed ‘Gotta Get Back,’ a stunning collection that found Walker excavating the roots of his love affair with music by reuniting the family that first sparked his fire as a child. That album traced its origins back to Walker’s native North Carolina, where he grew up on a multi-family commune and studied classical violin and cello before ultimately discovering his passion for soul, jazz, blues, and folk. He’d go on to deftly mix all those genres and more in his work as a solo artist, organically building up a celebrated two-decade career that’s earned him praise everywhere from The Washington Post to NPR, who hailed his “hard-driving” songs and “sweet tenor,” in addition to landing him dates with The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.
Friday, August 23. Doors open at 7:30pm. Music follows @ 8:15pm. Tickets $20. KALA is located at 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. 503.338.4878. Ages 16+ accompanied by adult please.
Full Bar. Advance tickets online: libertyastoria.showare.com.
Pick-up online purchased tickets (aka will call) at KALA, at the door/time of show.