Doors: 5:30 pm Show : 7:30 pm
He’s been called an edgy urban poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter, and an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion whose work should be taught in schools. With songs covered by artists as diverse as punk pioneers The Circle Jerks (“Wild in the Streets”) and the neo-folk band Vetiver (“Lon Chaney”), Garland Jeffreys is truly unclassifiable.
Jeffreys began performing in Greenwich Village coffee shops and released his self-titled solo album in 1973. His breakout song “Wild in the Streets” was on 1977’s Ghost Writer, and Robert Christgau (the “dean” of rock critics) weighed in with “the racial paradox is dramatized audaciously, the dreams of showbiz glory rendered with an uncommon knowing subtlety, the reggae natural-born, the voice fuller and more passionate…” and led to Jeffreys being named best new artist of the year by Rolling Stone.
Recently inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame and hitting festivals around the world including Fuji Rock, Montreal Blues, Montreux Jazz and Byron Bay Blues, Jeffreys is out on “The Rest of My Life Tour” and has no intention of slowing down.