“Live music is the cure for what ails ya.”
– Henry Rollins, musician, actor, comedian, activist, journalist
THIS FALL, Alternatives Journal and Princess Cinemas are taking those words from Henry Rollins seriously. On Friday September 22, we’ll be presenting a couple of Southwestern Ontario’s most accomplished singer songwriters at a “house concert” in the A\J office space. Long-time friends DW Rutter and Jay Linden can each deliver an arresting sad or chilling song, leaving you stunned – unsure if it’s the shock of the tale, or the mastery of the poet that engaged you so deeply. That same talent navigates the audience through an evening that is as unpredictable as it is entertaining. Such is the magic of live music.
Born in Simcoe Ontario, DW Rutter has been writing songs and performing for over 35 years. Rutter was nominated in 2016 for Songwriter and Male Vocalist of the Year. He has three critically acclaimed albums to date. His latest, Crazy Things was nominated in 2016 for the Hamilton Music Awards Roots Recording of the Year, and it features some of Canada's finest musicians, including Garth Hudson of The Band.
Last year, the Duane Rutter Band, which routinely packs clubs and concert halls in and outside of Canada, was nominated for the Hamilton Music Awards People’s Choice Band of the Year. Rutter frequents such legendary US venues as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, The Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, Tenessee, and Gruene Hall in Texas. We’re very excited to have Rutter and Linden in Kitchener this fall.
Jay Linden has played around off and on for the last 35 years or so, quietly channeling the likes of Townes van Zandt, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, Dolly Parton, and Willie P. Bennett. He’s acoustic, he’s folky and he says he’s a decent songwriter. But you try figuring out who wrote that brilliant song he just sang. More often than not, it wasn’t Townes; it was Linden.
I lifted this from Linden’s website. It’s a fully accurate description of his talent. “Jay's songs are slices of universe with mature, universal themes, impeccable lyrics, simple yet elegant melodies … poignancy without too much pathos … they float in time and space like a Monet painting and a Douglas Adams story, only without the pan-galactic gargle blasters. They pay homage to the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.” After seeing Linden once, the question becomes “where has this guy been and why don’t I have all of his albums?” It’s not an easy answer, but just move forward and get your tickets for the Rutter-Linden concert on September 22.
This will be a wonderful get-together with folks who dig live music. The before-and-after-concert chat is always a great time too. The last words here go to Rutter: “It seems to me that for the past few decades we have been bombarded by technology, instant everything is the norm of the day. It concerns me that music has been compartmentalized as a consumer product to the point where one might forget that it all starts with human beings. Live music is proof of that and brings the thing back to the people in a very real and organic way.”
So get your tickets now. These dudes come with a following, and we certainly want our communities to intermingle. Come and share the good times.
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DW Rutter Music Videos:
"The Cat" from his album Crazy Things.
Jay Linden's Music Videos:
"When Morning Comes Around" from his album Under the Radar.
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Tickets $20. Tickets include non alcoholic beverage and light snacks at intermission– the crispy root vegetables generously provided by the magnificent Bread Barons of Kitchener Market.
All proceeds go to the artist.
Friday September 22, 2017 | doors 7pm | show 8pm
Alternatives Journal (A\J) Production office: Unit 204a – 283 Duke Street West, Kitchener [in the BOEHMER BOX FACTORY]
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