Jason Hawk Harris experienced his musical coming-of-age one fateful day in middle school when a friend played him Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody." Jason refused to confine his ambitions to six strings, writing choral pieces and obsessing over American avant-garde composers like George Crumb. These broader horizons led him to a musical composition degree. But after graduation, the dynastic power of his forebears reasserted its strength, and he returned to his guitar. Jason laments the lost opportunity to collaborate with his uncle John Harris, who passed away in 1991. "He wrote sad country songs about heartbreak, love and shame," he says, "and he sang them like it was the last thing he’d ever do." Jason went on to produce the first three albums of Americana band The Show Ponies. He’s played with bluegrass titans like Noam Pikelny and Michael Daves. Taking up his uncle’s mantle, Jason offer nuanced explorations of life’s vagaries, matching determined honesty with vivid imagination. His upcoming record fuses robust musicianship with a poetic vision inspired by magical realists like Charles Williams and Haruki Murakami. His music, Harris explains, shares in their "audacious assumption that the physical and spiritual occupy the same plane of existence." Jason comes to Michigan with a new EP, "Formaldehyde, Tobacco & Tulips."
This show is FREE! Nonperishables are accepted for Food Gatherers.