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Jon Smith’s Voyages
July 30, 2021 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
“Sounds like David Bowie and Freddie Mercury had a love child,” claimed one fan upon his first encounter with Jon Smith’s Voyages. A strange but bold statement, his analogy holds up. Many fans say the style of front man Jon Paul Smith’s songwriting is reminiscent of daring acts like Queen, Bowie, and even Broadway musicals. Yet Smith achieves his sound naturally with unique piano-based arrangements and an incredible vocal range to create a genre best described as “theatrical-pop.”
Jon Smith’s Voyages entertained as a solo act for years as Smith struggled to assemble a band. In the meantime, he became his own backing band and played no less than 15 instruments on the debut album, Indeed (2016). Recreating the dynamics of the album finally became possible in 2018 when three radical musicians joined Smith on his voyages. With Smith on keys, vocals, and wind instruments, the live band is completed by Charlie Wanyo on guitar, Luke Blair on bass, and Kevin Beerman on drums, vocals, and percussion.
This band brings their brand of theatrical pop to a whole new level!