Tue May 20 2014

8:30 PM (Doors 5:30 PM)

Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club

17 Holland Street Somerville, MA 02144

All Ages

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Johnny D's is a mix of table seating and standing room.

General Admission does NOT guarantee seating.  Bar area is unreserved, first come first served, and offers a full menu. Fifteen minutes before music begins, unoccupied tables in the main room are open for all patrons. 

Guaranteed Seating: For guaranteed seating, purchase a ticket in one of the main room zones A-G, arrive within designated time which is in your confirmation email, and purchase dinner that evening.  $15 FOOD minimum per person plus 7% meal tax 

Please note: If zoned seating is not available for purchase on this event page there is only general admission tickets still available.

You can  also purchase tickets without fees through our   Box Office   cash only,

Tues-Fri  4-7pm Saturday 3-5pm

* Fees Apply To All Online Purchases

The day of show:

- Limited number of admissions available "cash only" at door on any given night, first come first serve.

- The ''cash only''  price at Door may vary from advance price . Please call venue(617) 776-2004  for more information.

Zones arrival times:

Section A  6:45 – 7:15pm

Section B  6:30 – 7:00pm

Section C  6:15 – 6:45pm

Section D  6:00 – 6:30pm

Section E  6:45 – 7:15pm

Section F  6:00 – 6:30pm

Section G  7:00 – 7:30pm

Johnny D's
Michael Hurley with Special Guest Glenn Jones

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  • Michael Hurley

    Michael Hurley

    Folk

    Tracing the lineage and citing the fore-bearers of the New Weird America, one can’t help but mention the music of bizarre folk singer/guitarist/artist Michael Hurley. If you haven’t been following his career since the 1970’s (when he was collaborating with the likes of the Holy Modal Rounders and Jesse Colin Young) then you probably discovered him in the past couple of years via Devendra Banhart’s & Andy Cabic’s label Gnomonsong, who have released Hurley’s recent recordings. 

    Hurley’s debut album, First Songs, was recorded for Folkways Records in 1965 on the same reel-to-reel machine that taped Lead Belly’s Last Sessions. He was discovered by blues and jazz historian Frederick Ramsey III, and subsequently championed by boyhood friend Jesse Colin Young, who released Hurley’s next two album on The Youngbloods’ Warner Brother’s imprint, Raccoon. How’s that for cred?

    In the 1970s, Hurley made three albums for Rounder Records; Have Moicy! (1975), Long Journey(1976), and Snockgrass (1980) which after being out of print for decades are now being reissued on Light In The Attic Records.
    Since relocating to Oregon in the early 2000s Michael Hurley does not play on the east coast as often as in decades past. At the same time his reputation has been soaring with a number of releases on illustrious labels like Mississippi and Davendra Banhard's Gnomonsong. Last year, after 50 years of rambling and spreading his unique brand of Snockgrass, Michael finally returned to the East Coast for a few shows.
    "Undoubtedly one of this country's greatest folk singers, Hurley has
    little in common with the majority of today's folk performers. While
    they seem bent on demonstrating that all people are alike, such a
    suffocating presumption has no place in this man's work. Michael Hurley
    is nothing like his potential audience. What better reason to hear what
    he has to say?" 
    - Chuck Cuminale 

    "...I don’t know what else to say about what he writes and sings, other
    than that it is gosh-darned great. What kind of music is it? Hell, what
    kind of weeds does God grow? Let's just shut up and listen and go to
    where Michael Hurley is. After all, we can always turn around and come
    back. He can't."
    - Nick Tosches 

    "Hurley is a national treasure" 
    - Scott Schinder / Time Out New York

    "Michael Hurley is the last unreconstructed folkie-shaman in America.
    His songs are primordial tales of the hunt for good cheer and satisfying
    sex, etched like cave paintings on city walls and farmland silos. Like
    many characters in his songs, his voice seems to have been run over by
    the dump truck of life, but it marries human mystery to forthright music
    like no other." 
    - Milo Miles 

    "Whether weaving a yarn about a mysterious hog or comparing the human
    heart to a mechanic's toolbox, Mr. Hurley create(s) elaborate vistas in
    a musical version of outsider art" 
    - Ann Powers / New York Times

    "Hurley remains one of the elusive masters of American folk" 
    - Chris Morris / Billboard

    "Trusting in his own peculiarities, Hurley makes the world spin just a
    little bit slower, and a little bit bumpier. Somehow it feels much more
    natural that way." 
    - Jim Macnie 

    "Somehow, thinking of Hurley, I find myself thinking also of Samuel
    Beckett. Now I don't see Hurley having much truck with the modernist
    strain of 20th Century art, and, as a high school dropout, he would
    probably be nauseated by the gasbag spewings of the ivory tower
    intellectual. A true and deliberate neo-primitive, his inspiration
    springs from nature, the rural blues and the lure of remote hills and
    woodlands, landscapes that loom in the backgrounds of his comics like
    vast parabolic gumdrops." 
    - Vernon Tonges 

    "Well, I can say once when we split a gig in New York in the `70s, he
    introduced me as "...not only a Senor, but a Monsieur." So, ladies and
    gentlemen, I give you Michael Hurley, not only a Senor, but a Monsieur,
    a Herr, an American Original, and the ne plus ultra of Pearly
    Snockgrass.Or, as the great `50s DJ whose name I cannot recall would
    have said, "Cats and Kitties, I give you Michael Hurley, than which
    there is none whicher." 
    - Peter Stampfel /Holy Modal Rounders
  • Glenn Jones

    Glenn Jones

    Singer-Songwriter

    Glenn Jones is a unique voice working in the decades-long tradition of American Primitivism. What sets him apart from the many devotees to this style is the combination of expressive playing and technical skill, most significantly his inventive use of alternate tunings and partial capos. As anyone knows who has seen him perform, Glenn is a remarkable storyteller, and his songs reflect that talent. The songs on Glenn’s latest, My Garden State, are evocative and redolent, and serve as a testament to Glenn’s talent for conveying a wide array of emotions, many times in one song, without saying a word. 

    My Garden State was written in the New Jersey home where Glenn's family moved in 1966, while he was caring for his mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. The songs and sounds on the album are reflective, but never dour or sad. My Garden State was recorded by Laura Baird in Allentown, NJ. Laura joins Glenn on the first proper song, “Across the Tappan Zee” on banjo, interweaving her plaintive melodies with Glenn’s gentle picking. Laura’s sister Meg, who was a founding member of Espers and plays with Laura as The Baird Sisters, also joins in on the final minutes of “Going Back to East Montgomery,” an eight minute long composition that showcases Glenn’s ability to craft a long form piece that is at once expansive and immediate. 

    The two tracks that form the centerpiece of the album, “The Vernal Pool” and “Alcoeur Gardens” were composed spontaneously in the studio, a technique Glenn developed on tour with Damo Suzuki with his former band Cul de Sac. Where “The Vernal Pool” is exuberant, “Alcouer Gardens” is sparse and quiet, with field recordings of rain and thunder providing a bed for Glenn’s guitar, emphasizing the space between the notes as much as the notes themselves. The songs on My Garden State could have been written by no one except Glenn Jones, brimming joy, sorrow, and the complex in-between that makes life worth living. 

    Glenn will be touring throughout the Spring, as well as finishing an album with drummer Chris Corsano and monologist David Greenberger of The Duplex Planet.

Johnny D's

Michael Hurley with Special Guest Glenn Jones

Tue May 20 2014 8:30 PM

(Doors 5:30 PM)

Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club Somerville MA
Michael Hurley, Glenn Jones
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All Ages

Johnny D's is a mix of table seating and standing room.

General Admission does NOT guarantee seating.  Bar area is unreserved, first come first served, and offers a full menu. Fifteen minutes before music begins, unoccupied tables in the main room are open for all patrons. 

Guaranteed Seating: For guaranteed seating, purchase a ticket in one of the main room zones A-G, arrive within designated time which is in your confirmation email, and purchase dinner that evening.  $15 FOOD minimum per person plus 7% meal tax 

Please note: If zoned seating is not available for purchase on this event page there is only general admission tickets still available.

You can  also purchase tickets without fees through our   Box Office   cash only,

Tues-Fri  4-7pm Saturday 3-5pm

* Fees Apply To All Online Purchases

The day of show:

- Limited number of admissions available "cash only" at door on any given night, first come first serve.

- The ''cash only''  price at Door may vary from advance price . Please call venue(617) 776-2004  for more information.

Zones arrival times:

Section A  6:45 – 7:15pm

Section B  6:30 – 7:00pm

Section C  6:15 – 6:45pm

Section D  6:00 – 6:30pm

Section E  6:45 – 7:15pm

Section F  6:00 – 6:30pm

Section G  7:00 – 7:30pm