Patrick Sweany - Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

with special guest Cris Jacobs

Thursday, October 2nd
Doors 7:00 PM / Showtime 8:00 PM
All Ages

Tickets are will call only, transferable but non-refundable.

On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own. 

It's no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad's extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants. 

In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide - with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style. 

But Patrick wouldn't stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed Pat to form a band. 

After 4 critically acclaimed CDs (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and the UK. He's played premiere festivals all over the U.S., and supported national acts such as The Black Keys, The Gourds, The Wood Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Hot Tuna, and Paul Thorn on tour. 

His latest record, Close To The Floor, hit the streets July 16, 2013. It was recorded to 2" tape in Nasheville, TN and features contributions from Joe McMahan (Luella & The Sun, Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Jon Radford (Justin Townes Earle, Lilly Hiatt), and Ryan Norris (Lambchop), among others. Close To The Floor is a gritty, hard look at some very difficult recent events in Sweany's life and recalls the halcyon days of Muscle Shoals releases by Dan Penn, Eddie Hinton and Leon Russell. 

Cris Jacobs

After 10 years fronting the Baltimore based band, The Bridge, Cris Jacobs continues to show his depth and range as a gifted musician with the Cris Jacobs Band. This line-up of stellar musicians is a perfect complement to Cris’ deeply expressive vocals, gritty guitar playing, and poignant songwriting. Cris Jacobs Band features the upright bass wizardry of Jake Leckie, the textured drumming of former The Bridge band mate Mike Gambone, the beautiful pedal steel guitar work of Dave Hadley, and the blissful harmonies and percussion of Ed Hough. The unique instrumentation and rich sonic palate creates an instantly engaging sound. The band’s style ranges from a sublimely sweet to a psychedelic rockin’ sound. Cris’ prolific songbook provides the fertile ground for this amazing group of players. With the band’s monster chops and improvisational fearlessness, Cris Jacobs Band can create a truly transcendental live experience.