Doors, Bar & Restaurant open at 5:30. Music at 8:00. No Cover. Donations encouraged.
Thursday April 23
"Gaines is intensely sensitive but in a completely disingenuous, unaffected way, and his grasp of the gulf between inner dreams and street realities makes these unvarnished narratives completely believable. This honesty carried through into Gaines' live performances." - Stereo Review
Jeffrey Gaines's current album Alright (2018) vibrates with positivity and enthusiasm, lending an unmistakable immediacy to such effervescent new songs showcasing his sublime melodic gifts, his vivid lyrical insight and ingratiating performing skills, while drawing strength from the unmistakable chemistry of the studio team, which cut all of the album’s backing tracks in a marathon three-day session.
Jeffrey Gaines has been heralded for his soul-searching lyrics and his powerful live performances. With only his voice and a guitar for accompaniment, he has earned a reputation as a captivating performer, and has performed live on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Good Morning America, and toured with Joe Jackson, Melissa Etheridge, Tori Amos, Sting and Stevie Nicks, among others.
Gaines has gone against the grain since releasing his first folk-oriented album during the grunge rage of the early 1990s, causing difficulties for radio programmers with his boundary-crossing music. However, Gaines built a loyal following through passionate concert performances and a series of intensely personal albums, based on his singular voice and distinctive narratives. Given the acclaim for his songwriting, the success of his breakthrough hit in 2001, a cover version of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," was somewhat ironic.
"...an impressive calling card....Gaines's songs are engagingly effective in their directness....with a lyrical style which is often uncomfortably honest." - Q Magazine
Tour dates as an opening act for Melissa Etheridge and Tom Petty, Gaines started to make a name for himself on the international concert stage, which led him to adding Peter Gabriel's hit "In Your Eyes" to his concerts. "Playing in places like Frankfurt, Munich, and Paris, there was often a language barrier between the people, so I tried to think of a song that was internationally known like that," he explained to Billboard in 2001. "They've enjoyed listening to my songs, so I like to say good night with a song where I can get the entire audience singing along." His concert favorite "In Your Eyes," was released as the first single from "Always Be".