We are proud to present our new Americana House Concert Series at the 1901 Gavioli Chapel in Eureka Springs. We will be bringing a variety of featured artist to this cozy all ages venue where you can listen to great music in an intimate setting.
This historic church has seen many transformations over the years. Its amazing acoustics have drawn many local musicians there for their different recording needs. As such we saw it as the perfect place for an intimate house concert atmosphere. We have been lucky enough to be granted use of it by its current owners, Marty and Elise Roenigk.
On May 1st, 2008 we will be kick off our Americana House Concert Series with Noah Earle, an International Blues Challenge soloist nominee and winner of the solo category of Kansas City Blues Challenge. The show starts at 7 P.M. and there is a suggested donation of $10, at the door.
Noah was born in Topeka, Kansas, "a good place to dig potatoes." His musical involvement began in early childhood when he would listen to the traditional country and country-gospel music that his family would play and sing at their gatherings. By around age six, his uncle had taught him some chords and he'd sit in the corner with his miniature guitar, struggling to mimic the chords that they fretted. Between the ages of about 5 and 18 he underwent classical training for piano, voice and fiddle (his grandpa said "never let anybody call it a violin").
By the age of 10, he had decided that he wanted to write songs, like his uncle and grandfather, starting with gospel lyrics (at a very young age) and moving on to sappy love songs with piano accompaniment. Throughout this time, he was also exposed to blues and jazz by his dad and another uncle, both of whom sang and/or played in a number of bands.
He and his brother Nathan spent several years singing contemporary R&B in junior high and high school, and then got into alternative rock íní roll. In 1996, the year Noah graduated from high school; they went to Hollywood and worked with Mr. L. Entertainment (then a subsidiary of Disney). Dissatisfied with the synthesized production of their songs, and unable to crank out enough songs that seemed like pop single material, they came back to the Midwest, traveled to Europe and South America, and played around the Kansas City area for a couple years with the various bands they put together, including the Great Plains Weathermen.
Noah has been touring as a solo performer throughout the Midwest for over two years. His debut CD, "Six Ways to Sunday," has garnered him praise in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as at home.
We expect this to be a great show, and it doesn't stop there. On May 20th we will be featuring John Elliott and Raina Rose.