Saturday, October 14 - 1 PM
David Jacobs-Strain & Bob Beach Return!
You loved them last year! Now is your chance to catch these two masters of the blues as they swing through North Carolina again this fall!
(and it's my 40th birthday celebration!)
$18 Adults / $10 Students
(All proceeds go directly to the artists.)
1 PM - Doors open at 12:30.
(For reservations click here.)
“David Jacobs-Strain sings and plays slide-driven country blues with a passion and authority that few artists of any age can muster. But besides firing off compelling covers of traditional tunes. . . his original songs have served to update and evolve the idiom, winning widespread respect from the contemporary blues community.”
- Guitar Player Magazine
“He doesn’t just rock out: he’s learned the art of crossing musical boundaries from the masters. His music has a fiery passion that’s exciting and engaging, tempered with an aesthetic reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest, where he grew up and cut his first guitar strings. Don’t be fooled by his youth; Jacobs-Strain knows what he’s doing.”
- Dirty Linen
“His acoustic and electric guitar work is crisp and driven, and his voice can rise to a soulful pitch or fall quietly in sync with a loping beat. His imagery-rich tales—well, it’s not hard to imagine some of them being covered by the likes of John Hammond Jr. . . . or Boz Scaggs. . .”
- Chicago Tribune
David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place, where in my mind, Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.” His new album, “Geneseo,” speaks of open roads, longing hearts and flashbacks of Oregon– a record of emotions big and small, and lyrics that turn quickly from literal to figurative. “I’m fascinated by the way that rural blues inscribes movement and transience. The music that frees a singer keeps them on the run; there’s a crossroads where a thing can be enchanting but dangerous; damaging but beautiful.”
Visit David Jacobs-Strain's web site.
D.J.S. and Bob Beach perform "Rainbow Junkies" at our very first house concert in 2014. We hadn't yet officially become "Passion House Concerts," but this was the show that started it all!
D.J.S. and Bob Beach launch into a new tune, "Further From the Road", at a sound check for a recent nearby house concert in the spring of 2017. (This is my favorite of their latest songs!)