Abingdon, VA (PRWEB) December 17, 2013
Tickets for the 2nd Annual January Jams at the Barter Theatre are now on sale and going fast. This series will include 7 total concerts, starting January 9, and run every Friday and Saturday during January. “We are excited to expand the number of shows offered from 4 to 7 this year after the overwhelmingly positive response last year,” explains Sara Cardinale, Special Events Coordinator for the ACVB. “The lineup this year has generated quite the buzz, and highlights Abingdon as an up-and-coming music destination.” The first weekend includes a Thursday show kick-off, as well as a Friday and Saturday concert, for a total of three nationally acclaimed acts on stage. The genres include soul, blues, rock, bluegrass, country and Americana roots music. There’s something for every music lover in this concert series, the first weekend’s schedule is as follows:
Thursday, January 9th- St. Paul and The Broken Bones with The Broadcast
Opening act, The Broadcast, hails from Asheville and offers hard-edged, soulful rock music bursting-at-the-seams. Drawing much of their ambience from 70’s classic rock, they’re a band with an explosive female lead singer, riffing guitar, mood-altering keys and a rock-solid rhythm section. Their infections energy and authentic approach match them well with headlining band, St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Based out of Alabama, St. Paul and The Broken Bones deliver soul mixed with grit, elemental rhythm, fabulous brass section and a performance that electrifies the crowd. Lead singer, Paul Janeway has an extroverted performing style that enraptures his audience. “I’m going to be dancing, getting in the aisles,” he says. “That’s just the way we do it. It really takes me back to church. There’s not a lot of difference. When I get on stage, it’s, ‘All right, it’s time to pour it on.’”
Friday, January 10th – Jim Lauderdale with Cruz Contreras
Cruz Contreras is the front man for the Americana band, The Black Lillies, from Knoxville. His song-writing skills were recognized as they won the Independent Music Award for Best Song-Story in 2012. Contreras has collaborated in the past with Jim Lauderdale, who is the headlining act for the night. Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working in the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.
Saturday, January 11th – Iris Dement with Beth Snapp
Beth Snapp, from Northeast Tennessee opens for Iris Dement. Snapp’s vocals, lyrics, and melodies blend together beautifully into a distinctive acoustic experience. She delivers a unique singer songwriter feel that is not only crisp and flowing, but unpredictable and truly a testament to her talent. Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Iris Dement headlines the show. Her style is often described as roots-folk as well as country, but no one denies that her songs speak to the heart. She just recently released a new album of original material for the first time in 16 years, Song of the Delta.
January Jams 2014 is presented by The Abingdon Music Experience, Barter Theatre and Bonefire Brands and sponsored in part by Eastman Credit Union. The series will showcase nationally recognized artists on stage at the historic Barter Theatre each Friday & Saturday during the month of January, 2014. A limited number of WEEKEND PASSES will be made available, and can be purchased by calling 276-628-3991. Doors will open at 7:15pm each night, and shows will start at 8:00pm. Tickets vary in price and can be purchased online via http://www.bartertheatre.com. For a complete lineup of events, visit http://www.abingdonmusicexperience.com.