Julian Lage

Tue Sep 24 2024

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Belly Up

143 S. Cedros Ave Solana Beach, CA 92075

$31.00 - $96.00

Ages 21+

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ARTIST PRESALE 5/1/2024 @ 10:00AM PT 
PUBLIC ON SALE 5/3/2024 @ 10:00AM PT
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Ticket Price: $31 advanced / $36 day of show / $56 reserved loft seating (available over the phone 858-481-8140 or in person at our box office) (seating chart / virtual venue tour) / $96 Master Class VIP includes a ticket to the show (available online only)

Julian Lage is thrilled to offer an exclusive Master Class at select cities on his Speak to Me Tour. All Master Class tickets include admission for one to the evening's concert. Where available, Master Class tickets will include early admission to the show. Unfortunately, we're unable to offer 'master class-only tickets' at this time. Start time for the class is generally an hour before advertised doors but exact start time will be communicated with ticket buyers around one week before the show. During each class, 30 minutes will be spent teaching to a unique piece of curriculum before a 10-15 minute Q&A session. Tickets to these classes are limited to ensure everyone comes away with a unique and hands-on experience. Participants are not required to bring instruments - topics are not necessarily tied to instruction and technique. In addition to the class, participants will leave with an exclusive Julian Lage poster.

$1 of every ticket sold will go towards World Central Kitchen

Not on the e-mail list for venue presales? Sign up to be a Belly Up VIP and you will never miss a chance to grab tickets before they go on sale to the general public again!

There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets once purchased.
All times and supporting acts are subject to change.

Belly Up Presents
Julian Lage

  • Julian Lage

    Julian Lage

    Jazz

    Julian Lage’s vivid, wondrously textured new album Speak To Me offers a series of dispatches from his ongoing search for narrative beyond words. Intimate in tone and capacious in intention, the album represents some of the most ambitious music Lage has documented to date. Its originals travel a wide range of American music, and delight in the deliberate crossing of wires between gospel hymn and rural blues, California singer-songwriter sunshine and skronky jazz.

    One piece evokes the motion of a river (“Nothing Happens Here”), another finds Lage bringing visceral free-jazz abandon to a tricky corkscrew of a surf-rock theme (“Speak To Me”). The songs may diverge from the orderly verse/chorus exposition of pop, but their melodies are earworms nonetheless. Each is laced with emotional undercurrents of hope, restlessness, doubt; a few of them, like the pensive “Omission” and incredibly slow “Serenade,” are notable for dramatic human pauses. Other tunes slide around, taking sudden fishtail turns.

    Speak To Me showcases the guitarist and composer in a variety of settings, including solo acoustic, duo, his accustomed trio with bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King, and a larger ensemble with keyboards (from Kris Davis and Patrick Warren) and woodwinds (Levon Henry). It’s Lage’s fourth effort for Blue Note, and it’s part of a torrent of creative activity that includes his participation in Charles Lloyd’s Trio of Trios project and records with Terri Lynn Carrington, John Zorn, and Cautious Clay.

    Speak To Me was produced by Joe Henry, the singer, songwriter, and producer responsible for landmark albums by Solomon Burke, Allen Toussaint, and many others. When Henry heard Lage’s songs in rough form – many as voice memos from his phone – he says he was immediately captivated by the challenge of the project: “For me it became ‘How can we make a record where Julian is improvising throughout, as is his gift, while we’re also attending to the song?’ Everything had to exist in service to the song form.”

    This, Lage says, was what he wanted as well.

    “Throughout my life, I’ve always responded to music that has a narrative quality to it,” Lage says, explaining that he sees his recent compositions as less a departure than an extension of originals from previous albums, notably his 2021 Blue Note debut Squint. “I believe there is a kind of connective tissue that music has, and it’s important, and it’s fun to cultivate.”

    The songs that make up Speak To Me have this quality in abundance, along with broadly lyrical melodies that move with serene grace on the acoustic meditations, or a reckless savagery on rhythm-forward tracks like the shuffling “76.” Lage wrote them during an unexpected torrent of inspiration in the early months of 2023, writing music at a feverish pace without stopping to think about instrumentation or anything else.

    Lage’s writing jag coincided with a long-planned European tour with his trio. The guitarist recalls it as a kind of dream. “I just wrote constantly… Without intending to do it, I got incredibly into composing. I would write music while waiting for a plane, then we’d get to a hotel and I’d immediately start editing. Then I’d write more. Every day was like this.”

    Lage says that as the tour got underway, he realized that the performances offered a rare chance to workshop this new material. He allows that some tunes did need it: Though the Speak To Me tunes are straightforward (Lage says they each fit on a single page of manuscript paper), many of them rely on intermittent recurring details, like stop-time hits or sudden shifts in tempo, that add suspense. Those needed some rehearsal; over time, the trio’s interplay became an extension of what was written.

    “We’ve always done long sound checks,” Lage says, “just to make sure it feels right before a performance. On this tour, because I was writing so much, I’d show up and I’d say “OK, we’ve got 30 songs to go through. And we did it. Dave and Jorge became integral to shaping the songs. We all got into the music beyond the notes, you know, ‘what’s the signature of this tune, what’s it saying?’ That’s one of the things I love about the record. We were at the 10th iteration of most of these tunes by the time we pressed record.”

    Speak To Me was recorded quickly, over a few days. Instead of pre-production, Lage and Henry maintained a steady electronic volley of discussion about tone and temperament and mission for months ahead of the sessions. When Lage was frustrated that a song he’d written didn’t align with the others, he’d send a demo to Joe. “I’d say, ‘I’m about to throw this one out. Is it part of the storytelling we’re trying to do with the other pieces?’ Several times I’d tell him I didn’t think a tune belonged. And he’d tell me that they did – he rescued a few tunes that way.”

    “That,” Lage continues, “showed me how Joe holds a space for things to happen. Sometimes that means getting everyone out of the way, or protecting the tune from someone getting in the way. It’s like he had a forcefield around the project.”

    Lage pauses to marvel at how Henry managed to shape the vibe of Speak To Me without speaking much at all. “Ever so discreetly, he would guide things. He helped me to let go and kept my focus on reinforcing the musical qualities of the songs. He stood with the songs.”

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This event is 21 and over. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.

Belly Up Presents

Julian Lage

Tue Sep 24 2024 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Belly Up Solana Beach CA
Julian Lage

$31.00 - $96.00 Ages 21+

ARTIST PRESALE 5/1/2024 @ 10:00AM PT 
PUBLIC ON SALE 5/3/2024 @ 10:00AM PT
----------------------

Ticket Price: $31 advanced / $36 day of show / $56 reserved loft seating (available over the phone 858-481-8140 or in person at our box office) (seating chart / virtual venue tour) / $96 Master Class VIP includes a ticket to the show (available online only)

Julian Lage is thrilled to offer an exclusive Master Class at select cities on his Speak to Me Tour. All Master Class tickets include admission for one to the evening's concert. Where available, Master Class tickets will include early admission to the show. Unfortunately, we're unable to offer 'master class-only tickets' at this time. Start time for the class is generally an hour before advertised doors but exact start time will be communicated with ticket buyers around one week before the show. During each class, 30 minutes will be spent teaching to a unique piece of curriculum before a 10-15 minute Q&A session. Tickets to these classes are limited to ensure everyone comes away with a unique and hands-on experience. Participants are not required to bring instruments - topics are not necessarily tied to instruction and technique. In addition to the class, participants will leave with an exclusive Julian Lage poster.

$1 of every ticket sold will go towards World Central Kitchen

Not on the e-mail list for venue presales? Sign up to be a Belly Up VIP and you will never miss a chance to grab tickets before they go on sale to the general public again!

There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets once purchased.
All times and supporting acts are subject to change.

Julian Lage

Julian Lage

Jazz

Julian Lage’s vivid, wondrously textured new album Speak To Me offers a series of dispatches from his ongoing search for narrative beyond words. Intimate in tone and capacious in intention, the album represents some of the most ambitious music Lage has documented to date. Its originals travel a wide range of American music, and delight in the deliberate crossing of wires between gospel hymn and rural blues, California singer-songwriter sunshine and skronky jazz.

One piece evokes the motion of a river (“Nothing Happens Here”), another finds Lage bringing visceral free-jazz abandon to a tricky corkscrew of a surf-rock theme (“Speak To Me”). The songs may diverge from the orderly verse/chorus exposition of pop, but their melodies are earworms nonetheless. Each is laced with emotional undercurrents of hope, restlessness, doubt; a few of them, like the pensive “Omission” and incredibly slow “Serenade,” are notable for dramatic human pauses. Other tunes slide around, taking sudden fishtail turns.

Speak To Me showcases the guitarist and composer in a variety of settings, including solo acoustic, duo, his accustomed trio with bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King, and a larger ensemble with keyboards (from Kris Davis and Patrick Warren) and woodwinds (Levon Henry). It’s Lage’s fourth effort for Blue Note, and it’s part of a torrent of creative activity that includes his participation in Charles Lloyd’s Trio of Trios project and records with Terri Lynn Carrington, John Zorn, and Cautious Clay.

Speak To Me was produced by Joe Henry, the singer, songwriter, and producer responsible for landmark albums by Solomon Burke, Allen Toussaint, and many others. When Henry heard Lage’s songs in rough form – many as voice memos from his phone – he says he was immediately captivated by the challenge of the project: “For me it became ‘How can we make a record where Julian is improvising throughout, as is his gift, while we’re also attending to the song?’ Everything had to exist in service to the song form.”

This, Lage says, was what he wanted as well.

“Throughout my life, I’ve always responded to music that has a narrative quality to it,” Lage says, explaining that he sees his recent compositions as less a departure than an extension of originals from previous albums, notably his 2021 Blue Note debut Squint. “I believe there is a kind of connective tissue that music has, and it’s important, and it’s fun to cultivate.”

The songs that make up Speak To Me have this quality in abundance, along with broadly lyrical melodies that move with serene grace on the acoustic meditations, or a reckless savagery on rhythm-forward tracks like the shuffling “76.” Lage wrote them during an unexpected torrent of inspiration in the early months of 2023, writing music at a feverish pace without stopping to think about instrumentation or anything else.

Lage’s writing jag coincided with a long-planned European tour with his trio. The guitarist recalls it as a kind of dream. “I just wrote constantly… Without intending to do it, I got incredibly into composing. I would write music while waiting for a plane, then we’d get to a hotel and I’d immediately start editing. Then I’d write more. Every day was like this.”

Lage says that as the tour got underway, he realized that the performances offered a rare chance to workshop this new material. He allows that some tunes did need it: Though the Speak To Me tunes are straightforward (Lage says they each fit on a single page of manuscript paper), many of them rely on intermittent recurring details, like stop-time hits or sudden shifts in tempo, that add suspense. Those needed some rehearsal; over time, the trio’s interplay became an extension of what was written.

“We’ve always done long sound checks,” Lage says, “just to make sure it feels right before a performance. On this tour, because I was writing so much, I’d show up and I’d say “OK, we’ve got 30 songs to go through. And we did it. Dave and Jorge became integral to shaping the songs. We all got into the music beyond the notes, you know, ‘what’s the signature of this tune, what’s it saying?’ That’s one of the things I love about the record. We were at the 10th iteration of most of these tunes by the time we pressed record.”

Speak To Me was recorded quickly, over a few days. Instead of pre-production, Lage and Henry maintained a steady electronic volley of discussion about tone and temperament and mission for months ahead of the sessions. When Lage was frustrated that a song he’d written didn’t align with the others, he’d send a demo to Joe. “I’d say, ‘I’m about to throw this one out. Is it part of the storytelling we’re trying to do with the other pieces?’ Several times I’d tell him I didn’t think a tune belonged. And he’d tell me that they did – he rescued a few tunes that way.”

“That,” Lage continues, “showed me how Joe holds a space for things to happen. Sometimes that means getting everyone out of the way, or protecting the tune from someone getting in the way. It’s like he had a forcefield around the project.”

Lage pauses to marvel at how Henry managed to shape the vibe of Speak To Me without speaking much at all. “Ever so discreetly, he would guide things. He helped me to let go and kept my focus on reinforcing the musical qualities of the songs. He stood with the songs.”

Please correct the information below.

Select ticket quantity.

Complete the security check.

Select Tickets

Ages 21+
limit 4 per person
General Admission
General admission is standing room. All seating within general admission is first come, first serve.
Advance General Admission
$31.00
VIP Master Class
Check information column on the left for full details**
$96.00

Delivery Method

ticketFast
Will Call

Terms & Conditions

This event is 21 and over. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.