A legend among songwriters…bold and brave…incredible poet and performer…his shows are not to be missed. -The Austin Chronicle
John Elliott has been called “the Andy Kaufman of folk music,” while his music has variously been described as “post-Seinfeld, post-9/11 eyebrow rock” and “well-crafted and artful songs by a potentially disturbed individual.”
Good Times Santa Cruz says, “Plaintive, soft-spoken and with vulnerability front and center, John Elliott’s music rides a diagonal which crosses the early work of Ben Gibbard [of Death Cab for Cutie]. For those who wish the Death Cab singer’s work had stayed bedroom-sized instead of distending into stadium rock, Elliott’s gentle Rhodes and reverby guitar may have what you’ve been missing.” Chuck Schiele of The San Diego Troubadour says “John Elliott’s lyrics get in, make their statement, kick you in the teeth, and get out before they start talking too much…And this lends to the urge of rolling any track to its beginning for another spin.”
Corey Frye of The Corvallis Gazette-Times adds, “I appreciate Elliott’s singular way with words. He has an affection for the malleability of language, the clever twists of phrase, an appreciation for the liquid kinship between rhythm and sounds — how they collide in beautiful violence, how they stand as ideas and images — even if they ordinarily wouldn’t deign to dance together or be seen in the same room.
Born and raised in Minnesota and now living in California, John Elliott has been releasing albums and performing in every type of venue you can imagine since 2006. His songs have been prominently heard on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “One Tree Hill,” and “Californication.” He has been featured in PASTE Magazine, on NPR, and on Neil Young’s “Living With War” website. His music has a cult-like international following and artists worldwide cover his songs. You can hear his music anywhere and everywhere if you’re in the right place at the right time: on the radio, TV, and internet; in cars and around campfires. John remains an independent, unsigned, and unaffiliated artist and he is proud of that fact. He continues to make a living and build a dedicated following the old-fashioned way: one new believer at a time.
Tickets: FRONT ROW: $25 in advance; $30 at the door; GENERAL ADMISSION: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
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