This season has been monumental for Unplugged on The Front Porch. We kicked off with swing legend, Ray Benson, heard from up-and-coming stars Israel Nash and The Eastern Sea, got deep with troubadours Erin Ivey, Jimmy LaFave, Sam Baker, Danny Schmidt, and Carrie Elkin, and hosted two beautiful benefit concerts in the process. How fortunate we are to end on high note as the only Austin show on Slaid Cleaves‘ Spring and Summer tour. Come join us on Thursday, May 19th as we wrap up the ’15-’16 Unplugged on The Front Porch season with another amazing local voice, Slaid Cleaves, who will be joined Chojo Jacques on fiddle and mandolin. Donate here now and reserve your seat today.
An undisputed talent in Austin and around the world, Slaid Cleaves won the coveted New Folk award at The Kerrville Folk Festival in 1992, and hasn’t stopped telling stories since. The voices of his childhood music heroes– Springsteen, Guthrie, Cash, H. Williams, Waits– are present in his earthy instrumentation and clear, literary voice. None of his peers or critics doubt his ability to tell a story. As Jim Caligiuri put it in the Chronicle: “There are few contemporaries that compare. He’s become a master craftsman on the order of Guy Clark and John Prine.” Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea.
Slaid’s newest album, “(2013),” employs the same razor-sharp songwriter’s wit that earned him this universal respect. We know you won’t want to miss this incredible evening with Slaid Cleaves on Unplugged on The Front Porch. Check out the video below if you still need convincing, but we know you won’t want to miss this, whoever you are.
Unplugged on The Front Porch has been produced by two nonprofits– The Live Music Capital Foundation and The Front Porch— since 2012, and takes place on the third Thursday evening of each month from August to May. We pay our artists a minimum wage of $1,000 for the evening, and also employ a professional sound and lights crew to ensure an exceptional experience for all involved. The concert takes place in an exquisite listening space– the Sanctuary at All Saints’ Episcopal Church— for both its acoustic perfection and aesthetic effect, which we think urges folks to listen and engage more deeply with our artists. We ask for a $20 donation per person either online or at the door to help us pay these costs, and our patrons generously provide what they can. Nobody is ever turned away on the basis of financial discrimination. We build Unplugged on The Front Porch together.
Each concert lasts approximately two hours, with a fifteen-minute interview with the artist dividing two sets of music. Complimentary refreshments served outside the church help keep folks comfortable while they wait. Doors open at 6:30. Credit and debit cards are accepted at the door, and children 15 and under are not expected to pay.