In what's sure to be Café 1823's don't-miss event of the year, prolific singer-songwriter & author David Berkeley, whose "melodies ascend to become benedictions & consolations" (NY Times), will be joining us for an intimate evening of soul-feeding music, stories & laughter on Wednesday, 4/30 at 8pm.
Well-respected by musicians & critics alike (see below), Santa Fe-based Berkeley has opened/toured with such artists as Mumford & Sons, Josh Ritter, Don McLean, Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Adele, Ben Folds, Michelle Shocked, Rufus Wainwright, Guster & many more.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. This event will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, so please invite your friends. Tickets are $15 advance/$20 at door. VTS students, faculty & staff will be admitted FREE (limited availability). Tickets will be on sale here through Brown Paper Tickets until day of show. CASH ONLY ticket sales day of show.
Café 1823 is located on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary (3737 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304), about 15 minutes from DC. More info on Café 1823 and directions to the school can be found here: http://www.vts.edu/1823 . Not only does it have a full bar with three beers on tap, Café 1823 also has good eats as well. So, get here early, grab a bite & your drink of choice, and prepare for a memorable evening!
David Berkeley performing "Parachute" live: http://bit.ly/Berkeley_Parachute
Berkeley performs "Song for the Road": http://bit.ly/Berkeley_SongForRoad
Berkeley's "Some Kind of Cure" video: http://bit.ly/Berkeley_SomeKindCure
Get to know Berkeley by reading his bio: http://www.davidberkeley.com/#bio
Read what the critics have said: http://www.davidberkeley.com/#press
Listen to tracks from Berkeley's latest album, "Lincoln Center Live": http://bit.ly/Berkeley_LincolnCenterLiveAlbum
Listen to tracks from Berkeley's most recent studio album, 2013's "The Fire in My Head": http://bit.ly/Berkeley_FireInMyHeadAlbum
Want more? See below:
H I G H L I G H T S Recently featured on Public Radio International's This American Life Featured Artist NPR's Acoustic Cafe YAHOO Music! Essential 2011 Albums That Should be in Every Home Paste Magazine's Emergent Artist ASCAP Johnny Mercer Songwriting award winner Huffington Post Feature and video premiere CNN Music Monday live performance video feature and interview 30 A Songwriter's Festival 2012, 2013,2014 Showcasing Artist: SXSW, CMJ, Folk Alliance, SWRFA, Sundance Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2011 Mountain Stage New Song Finalist 2010 "Fire Sign" featured on CBS-TVs Without a Trace Original song "Shelter" in worldwide ad campaign for best selling author Harlan Coben's new thriller of the same name. As heard on Starbucks, Eddie Bauer, Old Navy and TGI Friday's playlists worldwide TEDxSanFrancisco featured speaker/performer - SOLD OUT! Performed Live on Mountain Stage, World Cafe, XM Radio, Daytrotter, This American Life, Acoustic Cafe, Art of the Song and many radio stations nationwide.
C R I T I C A L P R A I S E
"So spellbinding...Quiet, contemplative, heartfelt and forlorn, The Fire in My Head is built around some of the barest designs imaginable, a sound that requires the listener to lean in and focus..." Lee Zimmerman, BLURT
"Berkeley is one of my favorite singer-songwriters of the past decade. His fourth studio album has "Parachute," "Homesick" and other shades of restraint. Take a car trip with me and end up in a ditch." YAHOO! Music, Rob O'Connor (25 Essential 2011 Albums that should be in Every Home)
"[Berkeley] sings in a lustrous, melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. As his melodies ascend to become benedictions and consolations, the music shimmers and peals." Jon Pareles, The New York Times
"Emotional story-telling lyrics, charismatic stage presence, and hilarious anecdotes."- June Wulff, The Boston Globe
""Sensational"!" - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Dark, strong and delicate indie tunes." - Santa Fe Reporter
"". . . a poet's sophistication with a musician's affability, very well-spoken but able to completely engage his audience."" - The Seaside Times
"Singer-songwriter David Berkeley follows in the sweet-voiced, melancholic tradition of James Taylor." The New Yorker
"Berkeley's wine-dark voice and penchant for dramatically textured minor-key ballads recalls Cat Stevens at his introspective best." - American Songwriter
"There's a quiet beauty in David Berkeley's voice that carries a strength with it. He's a storyteller. He's a heart breaker. He's at once a gusting tornado and an elegant whisper."- San Francisco Chronicle
"As emotionally disarming as Nick Drake, and intellectually fascinating as Andrew Bird, David Berkeley is a standout in the new wave of indie-folk singer-songwriters." San Jose Metro
"You could call what David Berkeley does folk-pop, but it's really a kind of musical alchemy - a profound sensibility that's somehow radio-ready."- Philadelphia Inquirer
"David Berkeley's new album is some kind of wonderful for fans of the written and recited word.- Driftwood Magazine
"...his unparalleled ability to capture passion and channel it through harmoniously arranged melodies make David Berkeley one of the best young musical poets this country has to offer. Martina Danelaite, UR Chicago
"Often compared to Nick Drake, Tm Buckley and Donovan due to his emotive, airy vocals and pensive qualities, Berkeley crafts his songs like watercolor paintings. Intimate and introspective, his gentle yet colorful melodies are graceful and resonate long after the last note fades." Hal Horowitz, Creative Loafing
"If you're into literate soulful singer songwriters, Berkeley is the Gabriel Garcia Marquez of beautiful-voiced troubadours." James Moore, KRUU
"His style is often called a mix of James Taylor and Cat Stevens, but David Berkeley gives his music an emotional depth that is all his own. He's a musical poet with degrees in literature and philosophy from Harvard."San Francisco Chronicle
"Berkeley's a sixties-esque troubadour with songs to swoon by and a voice sweeter than incense and peppermints. He's a double fantasy of Nick Drake and Donovan." Robin Aigner, Rolling Stone.com
"The best of the young American songwriters, a voice full of feeling and a big, big heart. And the balls to say what he thinks." - Boston Phoenix
"From the very first second I played this record I was immediately drawn to its magic. ... David Berkeley is a singular new voice to arrive on the music scene." Bruce Warren, Music Director WXPN (Philadelphia)
"[Berkeley's music] showcases his voice's broodingly romantic qualities, introspective yet emotional lyrics, and sumptuously dramatic melodies that allow ballads and mid-tempo numbers to have the swing and crackle of tasteful rock. Steven Rosen, Blurt
"David Berkeley has an easy way with a melody and writes richly detailed songs that lend themselves to repeated plays. Berkeley is part of a singer-songwriter tradition that includes players like Paul Simon, Nick Drake, James Taylor and Elliott Smith. Armed with just his voice and guitar, he lets the songs do the talking." Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle
"...soft and subtle as a summer drizzle falling lightly on your shoulders. Some Kind Of Cure is mellow and beautiful..." - A Thousand Guitars
ON DAVID BERKELEY THE AUTHOR...
"David Berkeley's stories and songs stole the hearts of the Stories on Stage audience. We were thrilled to welcome such a talented musician and masterful storyteller at our event." Tatiana Morfas, Stories on Stage
"David Berkeley is an incredibly talented singer / songwriter, whose performances and readings connect with audiences on an emotional level, regardless of background or age. At our TEDxSF event, David effortlessly navigated the interplay between story and song providing much-needed art and soul during a heavily intellectual event. Through both story and song, David captivated our TEDxSF audience sharing vivid / memorable scenes from his personal adventures in education that informed both his music and his message." Emily Chui, TEDxSF (San Francisco)
"I'm engrossed in David Berkeley's book of essays, 140 Goats & A Guitar. Essays that describe with great humor and humanity the inspiration behind the thirteen songs on his album SOME KIND OF CURE. From the close to his introduction: "I am honored if a lyric can reshape itself to be relevant to someone else and her particular world. That feels like the point. That's what makes art more than just a selfish pursuit." Ethel Rohan, Author of Cut Through the Bone
"David Berkeley, a true troubadour." D.A. Powell, poet
"I have been putting on shows all over San Francisco for over 5 years, working with amazing storytellers and comedians and musicians. David Berkeley is the only performer I know who is a master of all three." Isaac Fitzgerald, Rumpus.net
"Thank you for the wonderful reading and song. I heard so many compliments meant for you...." Peg Alfred Purcell, Why there are Words
"Your piece was wonderful, and the audience loved it." Caitlin Myer, Portuguese Artists Colony "I was so impressed with David's performance at Stories on Stage in Sacramento, I'd love it if he'd perform in my home for a group of my favorite friends; a mini-concert, intimate, warm, fun!" Renee Thompson, author of The Plume Hunter
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