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Concert: JR Bohannon / Health&Beauty / Alexander / Sarah Hughes

Saturday November 9 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Brooklyn-based fingerstyle guitarist J.R. Bohannon (Torres, Gold Dime, Ancient Ocean) announces his beautiful debut full-length album Dusk, released through Shahzad Ismaily's figureight records this November 1, 2019. The record represents a deep, intuitive study of the guitar in the American folk tradition imbued with influences from minimalism, Latin, & Greek music. Dusk is the result of many years of writing. While Bohannon's debut EP Recôncavo (released earlier this year on UK indie label Phantom Limb) introduced a new artist with great ability, Dusk lands exactly on his sound. The years of performing with virtuosic traditional bluegrass & folk musicians, with Mackenzie Scott a.k.a Torres and his own ambient project Ancient Ocean have refined his skill to incisive perfection, imbibing a luminant lyricism into his instrumental guitar playing. "Captivating... fingerstyle excursions." - Uncut Magazine

Peter Margasak called Health&Beauty's upcoming double LP Shame Engine / Blood Pleasure "one of the great rock albums to emerge from Chicago this decade." It is a record whose ambition is quietly enfolded into its seamless, sophisticated execution. Whether flanked by some of the scene’s most talented musicians, or armed simply with his own guitar, Health&Beauty's Brian J Sulpizio has learned to share, comfort, and communicate his thoughts, both dark and light, in a way that resonates within us. “Leonard Cohen-indebted lyrics through a Sonic Youth-indebted sound.” -FLOOD magazine

Alexander (CT) is the solo guitar music made by New Haven, CT native David Shapiro. Drawing from a wide range of guitar traditions, Alexander live sets vary from fingerstyle acoustic guitar music to psychedelic feedback-oriented improvised electric guitar excursions. Equally influenced by the melodic stylings of Robbie Basho and John Fahey, the guitar-damage of Alvarius B, and the avant garde blues of hometown hero Loren Connors, Alexander offers a unique synthesis of guitar vocabulary imbued with a deep emotionality.

Sarah Hughes is an alto saxophonist, composer, and music educator from Pasadena, Maryland. She is a free improviser who enjoys creating within and on top of many genre frameworks including jazz, swing, blues, folk pop, and rock. Sarah has toured Sweden as part of their first annual Women in Jazz Festival, and has shared the bill, opening for great free improvisers such as Joe Morris, Nicole Mitchell, Fay Victor, William Parker, Hamid Drake, and Ken Vandermark. She performs regularly in solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble formats at such local venues as Rhizome, An Die Musik, and Mobtown Ballroom. She serves as adjunct faculty at Towson University and McDaniel College.