December 9, 2017 · 7:00pm

7:00 PM, An Sibin
Tickets: $10
21+
Lineup:
Stuart Young – Singer Songwriter
Joy Ike – pop/soul/folk

Joy Ike

Born to Nigerian immigrants, Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Joy has spent the last 9 years playing thousands of shows across the country. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Sara Groves, Seth Glier, Cody Chestnutt, Allen Toussaint, and Tyrone Wells to name a few. A write-up on NPR’s All Things Considered says “The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop…a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small.” She will be joined by upright bassist, Jason Rafalak, and percussionist, Ryan Socrates for a special Joy Ike Trio show.

 

Stuart Young

Stuart Young at the age of 26, has found himself traveling where the music leads. He was raised in the beautiful state of Maine in where music became a passion at the age of 13. He started playing bars and cafe’s at the age of 15 and has continued to love sharing his heart through songwriting ever since. “I often pray my voice is connected to my heart”. He does not write for the sake of writing a song. He wants to start a conversation, not just deliver a song and leave. Many of the songs he writes are taken from the most intimate parts of his journal. Tattered and torn but longing for hope; he delivers a song with such transparency that echo the hardships and questions he has on life. He invites the listener to look for hope in the darkness and peace in the pain. “I am not in this business for the music in and of itself. That would be a vain pursuit for me. I strive to make melodies that will simply spark conversation because after I tell my story I want to hear the stories of others. Music breaks walls down that people have built over time in their lives. Music allows authentic community to take place. When I write, I write in mind of the listener. I want the ears that listen to have the freedom to ask questions and see hope in the darkness that surround them in life. Music has a way of doing that. People are my priority in music and to bring conversation through music.”