Crys Matthews // Seth Glier
March 6 @ 8:00 pm $25
A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Seth Glier has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals. He’s shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Edwin McCain, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams, and he’s known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. Seth is adept at both personal acoustic songs and big pop melodies, and his music ranges from introspective to political in songs that, Seth says, “are bound together by the awareness that our world is a fragile place that is all the more magical for it.” Of his new album, “Everything,” Seth says, “The earth speaks to us in a myriad of ways—through ice cores, through uplift and erosion, through tree rings—languages we have the potential to restore our literacy in.: Reconnecting with these quiet messages has set Seth, an avid mushroom forager and a Grammy-nominated artist from western Massachusetts, on a path of channeling nature’s longing for communion with humanity into song. His new album is a collection of eight songs inviting us to imagine a future in which humans and the planet are re-aligned into mutual restoration.
Ask about the new generation of social justice music-makers ,and Crys Matthews will be mentioned. A southeastern North Carolina native who now calls Washington, D.C., home, Crys has been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman and Ruthie Foster. Equally at home in an acoustic listening room as she is on stage at large music festivals, Crys quickly gathered a loyal following on the East Coast playing such prestigious venues as the Sundance Film Festival, The Birchmere, The Hamilton, and Jammin’ Java. A prolific lyricist, Crys blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies punctuated by honest, original lyrics. “I believe in hope,” Crys says. “As a social-justice songwriter, it is my duty to keep breathing that hope and encouragement into the people who listen to my music.”