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Paintbox with Special Guest Dan Blakeslee and the Calabash Club
The Dance Hall
Kittery, ME
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Paintbox with Special Guest Dan Blakeslee and the Calabash Club
Paintbox is an all-star band featuring Jon McCormack (Museum of Science, Fly Spinach Fly, Shango), Stu Dias (Soggy Po Boys, Shango, Gnarlemagne), Rick Habib, (Dreadnaught, Wizzardess, Order of Thieves), Joe Harding (Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones) and Duncan Watt (Thanks To Gravity, Trophy Goat).

Performing tunes from their 2018 debut release, and the ensuing theatrical production based on the album, Paintbox plays a set both eclectic and cohesive, held together by a narrative about art, creation, aging, mortality and what we leave behind during our short time on earth. The songs range from funky, heavy, lyrical, and melodic, and draw on sounds both vintage and modern to create a vibe all their own.

After completing art school in 1995, Dan Blakeslee headed for the subway tunnels of Boston where he could be heard pounding out fledgling originals on an acoustic guitar in the early stages of developing his signature style. Many of those songs would later become realized on seven full length albums including Tatnic Tales in 2010 which was recorded in a barn in his home state of Maine, and 2014s Owed to the Tanglin Wind which was named Album of the Year by Red Line Roots. Following a US tour and countless shows behind him to include supporting slots for The Lumineers, Josh Ritter, Old 97s and The Low Anthem, Blakeslee released The Alley Walker in 2017, another vividly raw lense into his soul.

This time, Blakeslee, who produced the album alongside Chris Chase, shines a brighter light on his songs through elaborate production and richly layered compositions that sway from smooth, twangy hooks to bluesy saloon anthems to dusty rock songs, and then into the sort of edgy folk that seems to be tightly wired up in him and serves as a foundation for his adventurous approach to the form. The Alley Walker likewise showcases Blakeslees ability to weave thoughtful lyrics through chord progressions that are at the same time unexpected and accessible.  

The Calabash Club provide an audible framework with the sort of seamlessness that suggests three instruments can actually become one.  Nick Phaneuf (bass) and Jim Rudolf (drums) are loyally synchronized, and their tasteful approach to rhythm provides a solid structure inside of which Mike Effenberger (organ, accordion) adds an emotional and timeless quality to Blakeslees songs.

With The Alley Walker, Blakeslee exposes a risky and more evolved take on what awarded him Folk Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards in 2014, and Male Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards in 2015. Though his boots and fingertips are worn and his guitar has been strummed in hundreds of venues across the country, Dan Blakeslee still delivers his songs with the same heart of a young, lyric scribbling troubadour, who knows because hes tried it, that he can out sing a passing train.

$14/advance   $18/door


The Dance Hall (View)
7 Walker St
Kittery, ME 03904
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Rock

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No


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