Joe Jencks, no stranger to Voices Café having sung there four times with the harmony trio Brother Sun, returns for his first solo engagement.
Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, he serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.
The next time someone says that folk music has lost its conscience, lacks great protest songs, and has lost its connection with its causes, sit them down to listen to Joe Jencks.
John Platt, WFUV, New York, wrote of Joe’s “resonant, honey-rich voice, his open-hearted humanity, and his commitment to social justice” and continued, “We need artists who inspire our better selves more than ever, don't we?"
Joe’s music is soul-moving, toe-tapping - call it poetry - that rises from his Irish working-class roots and combined with his conservatory training is delivered full of heart, groove, and grit.
Praised by Pete Seeger – “Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions” – and Holly Near – “Joe Jencks is among the fine next generation singers who are ready to carry on the tradition as well as look into the future” – he has penned several #1 Folksongs, including the ever more relevant almost on a daily basis now, “Lady of The Harbor”.
From coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall, Jencks has made a mark on the American music scene, singing and telling stories that educate, illuminate, and are uplifting.
Opening for Joe will be Heather Pierson, an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s memorable live performances feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica, or acoustic guitar.
"Heather is like two great acts in one” wrote DC Bloom, LoneStar Music Magazine, “sliding from sweet acoustic Appalachian old-timey vibe with Patty Griffinesque lyrics to brassy New Orleans blues piano with a bone thrown to Bessie Smith."
Seating at Voices is at tables, cabaret-style. Snacks and beverages can be brought; coffee and desserts are for sale at intermission. Table reservations (minimum 4 people) are accepted by contacting David Vita, firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 203.227.7205 x14. Walk-up tickets are $30 and the doors open at 7:30.