Friday March 11, 2022
Doors: 7 PM
$20 Advance | $25 Day of Show
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Please note this performance is requiring all attendees to provide proof of vaccination OR negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event for entry.
All attendees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination [either the original, or a digital / printed copy of the vaccination card] OR have received a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test within 72-hours before entry to the facility and provide printed proof of a negative result prior to entering the venue
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Shawn James’ voice is a force of nature, a musical preacher to a flock that accepts
everyone, a combination of the gospel choirs he sang with as a youngster and his
training in classical music and opera. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago,
James’ timeless sound is steeped in blues legends like Robert Johnson and Son
House, forever at the crossroads of damnation and redemption, the two inextricably
woven into the fabric of his songs.
The Dark & the Light, his first album for L.A.-based indie label Parts + Labor Records,
marks a creative leap forward for the 32-year-old troubadour. James annually tours
more than 150 dates around the world and has released some 70 songs over the past
five years, both on his own and as part of his “more raucous, rock” band the
Shapeshifters, a loose group of musicians formed in Fayetteville, AR, which served as
his temporary home before a recent move to the west coast.
Transcending any and all genres, James’ songs speak as much to these tremulous
times as they do the eternal human condition. Steeped in mythology (the fearsome a
cappella which opens “Orpheus”) and America’s dark past (the deep delta blues of
“Burn the Witch”), The Dark & the Light seeks to turn despair into hope – as he does on
the two-part tribute to his steel-worker father on “Love Will Find a Way I” and “Love Will
Find a Way II.” Shawn’s father died an alcoholic when he was five and the two songs
feature a journey from the depths of despair to the heights of ecstatic communion.
Shawn sings, “The blood that filled his veins flows through mine/It’s not that I’m
ashamed but how can I redefine how your story ends.”
“The record’s about turning the darkness and pain I’ve experienced in my life into songs
that can inspire others to make the best of hard times,” he says.
Recorded at his new label’s Venice Beach, CA, recording studio with producer Jimmy
Messer (AWOLNation, Kelly Clarkson, Kygo, The White Buffalo), the songs for the new
album were written by James while back in Chicago.
“I’ve discovered how to get to the point quicker, to do more with less,” explains James
about how his songwriting has evolved. “I’m confident enough now to make my music
more accessible without losing its integrity and honesty.”
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