Ellis Paul & Ari Hest at the High Noon Saloon Sunday September 20
A singer songwriter is only as good as the times he reflects. In times like these, when so many nuts are running the show, it's comforting to know that Ellis Paul is actually holding our sanity on his own stage! Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we've been and where we might go if we so choose to. Personally Ellis, I'm goin' where you're goin'! --Nora Guthrie (Woody Guthrie's daughter)
Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting. He was a principle leader in the wave of singer/songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene, creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 1990's.
His charismatic, personally authentic performance style has influenced a generation of artists away from the artifice of pop, and closer towards the realness of folk. Though he remains among the most pop-friendly of today's singer-songwriters - his songs regularly appear in hit movie and TV soundtracks - he has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers.
Ari Hest is an American singer-songwriter and a native of Riverdale in the Bronx borough of New York. Ari took piano lessons as a child and later, as a teenager, taught himself to play his mother's nylon string guitar by ear with influences from both his parents' record collection and radio artists. Artists cited as influences are Paul Simon, The Beatles, Dave Matthews, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Tears for Fears, The Police, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam among others. As a child, Ari aspired to become a professional baseball player and continued to play through the end of high school. During Ari's childhood, his father wrote jingles for toy commercials on television for which he sometimes recruited Ari to sing. One jingle noted by Ari as an example was a commercial for a girl's toy puppy from Hasbro branded "Sweetie Pups". Although he did not win, Ari competed in a Battle of the Bands contest in 11th grade playing Pearl Jam's "Nothing Man" and Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" with another young musician. Ari wrote his first song in 1996 that was titled "Surrounded By Surprise" and is defined by Ari as "something involving a made-up girlfriend and a hot-air balloon"] Ari began playing in his first band called Synapse between 1997 and 1999. The band played venues such as New York City clubs and graduation parties. Ari's songs "Fade" and "Consistency" were born from this group. Ari attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY beginning in 1999 and later transferred to New York University, where he received a degree in Communications in 2002.
A portion of the proceeds for this show benefit Imagine A Child's Capacity, a Madison, Wisconsin based charity that assists children with special needs in getting their therapy, education and support necessary to foster inclusion, acceptance and independence.
The price for entrance is $15. You may choose to purchase a ticket at any price level, and all price levels are good for general admission. If you choose to purchase a higher priced tickets, additional proceeds will go to ICC.
High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|