Shawn James, Sun Sep 15 2019

Dinner and drinks

7:00

Western Barbeque

Chicken (or vegetarian) Cobb Salad

Cheddar cheese muffins

Dessert tba

Show

8:00

Suggested: $20 Adult

$10 Students/studentish

100% of donations go to artist

 

Artist takes credit cards for merchandise

Shawn James’ voice is a force of nature, a musical preacher to a flock that acceptseveryone, a combination of the gospel choirs he sang with as a youngster and his training in classical music and opera. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, James’ timeless sound is steeped in blues legends like Robert Johnson and Son House, forever at the crossroads of damnation and redemption, the two inextricably woven into the fabric of his songs.

 

Transcending any and all genres, James’ songs speak as much to these tremulous times as they do the eternal human condition. Steeped in mythology (the fearsome a cappella which opens “Orpheus”) and America’s dark past (the deep delta blues of “Burn the Witch”), The Dark & the Light seeks to turn despair into hope – as he does on the two-part tribute to his steel-worker father on “Love Will Find a Way I” and “Love Will Find a Way II.” Shawn’s father died an alcoholic when he was five and the two songs feature a journey from the depths of despair to the heights of ecstatic communion. Shawn sings, “The blood that filled his veins flows through mine/It’s not that I’m ashamed but how can I redefine how your story ends.”